I was going to try and go somewhere new this weekend but I decided to
stick around town and have an I Heart LA weekend. Thank goodness I
did! I spent some time with friends who were in town visiting other
friends, got myself pampered, ate lots of good food, and took some
friends from Boston on a walking tour of downtown LA. For those of you
who think LA is all Beverly Hills, plastic surgery, and overly-tanned
beach dudes, I assure you there is more to this fabulous city.
During our tour of DTLA, we made a stop at
The Last Bookstore. I had been here before but they have updated it
quite a bit! Did you know this is only one of two bookstores in the US
on the list of 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World
?? (If you follow that link you will notice there is no upstairs yet!) The other is also here in SoCal
Anyway, the store was beautiful before but the updates are truly
amazing. Included is an updated upstairs consisting of a labyrinth of
books ( all books cost only $1 and they provide a box at the entryway
for you to start collecting), a few vaults that have been turned into
little book rooms, a yarn shop (!!!!), and a few small artist studios.
through the upstairs really was like a trip through Wonderland.
Obviously these booksellers love books. Each display was carefully
placed and held just the right amount of whimsy. Pages of books
cascaded overhead, books were carefully stacked to create the check out
counter, four books were used as an anchor to hold the rope of an
overhead lamp. It felt like the world of Mr. Morris Lessmore and his fantastic flying books.
I love a place that loves books as much as I do, and would help
convince anybody who was teetering on the edge of not loving books.
So, if you ever find yourself in our sunny city, take some time to head
downtown to see another, dare I say even more beautiful, part of LA.
|The swag I picked up for a whopping $15. |
Did I mention...used bookstore...
amazing children's section
|The stories are bursting to get out of this book on display|
|Mr. Morris Lessmore? Were you here??|
|Enter the labyrinth of books!|
|Take a peek into a tunnel...made of books!|
|A view from the tunnel side into more labyrinth|
|Looking down to the first floor...note the mammoth|
|Leaving the labyrinth. I love the ceilings here!|
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