Books are cool. Really old libraries are even better!

This is a really quick note before I head to Barcelona.  I just had to share the awesomeness that was the library I visited today! It was three stories with over 200 000 volumes.  The walls are ridiculously thick and the door is specially made to keep the temperature inside within a certain range.  The shelves are oak to discourage insects and they keep bats in the attic to eat any insects that do make it into the library.  The ceiling is covered in murals like you would find in a church or a palace and there is ornate hand paintings all over the walls and the balconies and such. I wish I could show you picture but I wasn’t allowed to take any.  And the best part of this was that it was all done in the 1700.  So Cool! This library was the best thing I’ve seen so far I think.  That’s a bold statement but I’m making it.  Words can’t describe the wonder that was this place.  I’m gushing, I know, deal with it.

I leave Portugal tonight.  It is sad.  This place has turned out to completely live up to my expectations (which were really high) and I think if the weather had been better I would not want to leave. But I’m really hoping to find a place where it isn’t raining.  One thing I will not miss is the smell of salted fish.  It is everywhere! There are fish stands all over the place and I can’t seem to get away from the smell.  Terrible, but everything else was great and I suggest you all go to Portugal!


April 18, 2008. Portugal.

One Comment

  1. Bernita replied:

    I’m Jealous!!! and now sad that portugal doesn’t farm salmon so I can’t go there next month

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