One of the things I like doing when I’m in another country, living a Travelife, is visiting bookstores.
I enjoy browsing through the shelves in a bookstore just in case I find a beautiful coffee table book for my collection of books on architecture and design around the world, or a very interesting cookbook.
AN INSTANT LESSON IN CULTURE
A bookstore visit is also a good way to get a feel of the local culture and psyche — and this us something I consider very important in a never-ending Travelife.
It’s not enough to see the sites or taste the best food.
WHAT A TRAVELIFE IS REALLY ABOUT
A real traveler must learn about the history and culture of a destination, including what makes it’s people tick and what they consider important in life.
So I was intrigued and very happy to stumble upon an entire large shelf of absolutely beautiful coloring books in a bookstore in the Champagne region of France, in between gastronomic meals and visits to champagne cellars.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT
These coloring books first drew my attention because of their intricate covers.
I thought they were design books.
Then when I looked closely, most of them had the term “anti-stress” on the cover.
This was when I realized that these were actually purchased by people to color as a form of therapy to manage or reduce stress.
I don’t have too much stress in my life, so fortunately this was not encouragement to buy, for me.
SUCH LOVELY COLORING BOOKS
But then I opened one book and it was a coloring book of the world’s most famous and picturesque places.
Of course, I just had to buy this, for my never-ending Travelife.
REMEMBERING OUR MOROCCO HOLIDAY
JUST LAST MONTH
Then I spotted another book full of amazing design patterns.
When I leafed through it, these designs reminded me so much of our last hotel in Morocco, on our two-week holiday last month.
It had the same engrossing and lovely designs.
Again, I never let go of this book.
I also got one on African animals, to remind me of all my wonderful trips to Africa, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.