Rain came tumbling down as we made our way up Broad Street towards The Paragon in Bath. As we turned the corner, the cobalt facade of a bookstore caught my eye and I pulled Peter by the arm towards the entrance.
My umbrella had turned itself inside-out during the downpour, and we were both quite soaked, so we stopped for a moment to stomp our feet a couple of times on the mat inside the door. Venturing further in, we saw that we had found ourselves in book heaven.
'Hello there. Would you like a nice cup of tea?' one of the owners asked from behind the counter. Music to our ears on what had turned into a miserable day. 'Yes please,' we chorused. 'Well, grab a book or two and take a seat, we'll be there in just a moment.' Bliss!
Truly, we couldn't stop smiling when the tray arrived. It was so pretty and so very welcoming. We sat quietly, for half an hour or more, sipping our tea and delving into the pages of the books we had chosen to purchase. And then we browsed for a while longer, before heading back to our hotel.
The bookstore we discovered in the Georgian city of Bath was Topping & Company Booksellers. The store carries a wide selection of books in all genres and there are some quirky and interesting titles, as well as collectables and signed editions. The cookery and food section is extensive and will delight every cook and booklover. Reading groups and literary salons feature on the calendar of events.
You will find Topping & Company at The Paragon in Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom. The store is open seven days a week and a visit is highly recommended by Good Things.
Tell me dear readers, do enjoy finding rainy day gems such as this bookstore in Bath? And have you ever visited Topping & Company Booksellers?
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