I love books. And bookshops never cease to captivate me. When I first came to live in Mallorca, I soon discovered a librería specializing in poetry. It was, and still is, a bookshop with a difference (see photo below). The Peluquería Picornell opened in Palma’s Gomila district in 1928 (Avinguda Joan Miró). Some twenty years ago, the hair saloon began to share its premises with the Librería Sagitari. Now you can have a wash and a curl whilst browsing a book by Graves, Lorca or Rimbaud. What fun.
Over the last five years, a number of intriguing bookshops have sprung up in Palma. In Librería Literanta in Carrer Fortuny, you can have a café solo and a crossan whilst browsing some books on art or haute cuisine. They do literary events and workshops, as well. In La Biblioteca de Babel (see photo top), you can choose amongst dozens of bottles of wine to buy with your books. There is even a barra where you can sample a glass of tinto, and a piano where occasionally music is performed. The Babel bookshop can be found in Carrer Arabí, behind the church of Sant Miquel in Vía Sindicat.
The photo (top) was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: July 22nd, 2010. The time was 12:56:15. The photo (bottom) was borrowed from the Internet. My thanks go to diariodemallorca.es and the photographer, Guillem Bosch.
The photo of the Biblioteca de Babel evokes recent memories… And Literanta is an inspiring bookshop as well. If I know well, even the Babel is a recent offspring of them.