Friday, April 29, 2016

Barcelona harbour - Skywatch Friday

Barcelona  is a city of full life. During my recent travel it was raining everywhere and sky was always cloudy. Barcelona didn't disappoint me. While biking the city the harbor view caught my eyes. White yachts in the background of clear blue sky was a view to watch for.

Barcelona harbor

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Livraria Lello, Porto, World's one of the most beautiful bookshops

After buying a ticket as I entered the bookshop with simple façade,  least I expected to see the grandeur inside the book shop. Carvings adorned every corner of the book shop. Exquisitely carved ceilings, beautifully decorated walls, pillars and well organized books welcomed me. Oh! This was nothing. There in the centre was a staircase with stunning curvaceous design. It’s completely carved and its bright crimson steps brightens the wooden staircase. Undoubtedly staircase is the show stopper of the book shop.

Staircase of Lello bookshop, the show stopper

Lello book shop
While climbing up the staircase I noticed the incredible design of  the staircase with intricately carved ceilings and wooden balusters. From the first floor I could see  the skylight ceiling with stained glass. In the center it reads ‘ decus in labore’ Later I understand the translation as ‘ dignity in work’ which was the monogram of  founders of the book shop.

View from the first floor

Stained glass with monogram dignity in work
Livraria lello is the child of two Portuguese brothers who were interested in art and literature and was designed with the support of the architect Xavier Esteves in the year 1906.

On the first floor some were indulged in reading. They say that J K Rowling while living in Porto often was visiting this place and was the muse for her books. This book shop also has inspired many other writers as well.
External façade is in neo gothic style having the painting of two people symbolizing science and anthropology.

Lello bookshop façade design
Livraria Lello is located in the  center of the city very close to Porto’s iconic structure Clergies tower. Lello book shop has its place as one of the world’s most beautiful bookshops in BBC and Lonely planet’s list.
Book lovers,  don’t forget to visit this place!! Have you been to any other charming bookshop. Would like to hear from you.
Travel notes
- There is a ticket counter in front of the shop. 3Euros per person. On purchase of a book 3Euros will be waived off. I felt it is reasonable considering this is a private property
- Opening hours 10 am to 7.30 pm
- This book shop has English books as well along with Portuguese books