Booking through Thursday

“Do you buy books while on vacation/holiday? Do you have favorite bookstores that you only get to visit while away on a trip? What/where are they?”

I don’t vacation much — A travels for work so his idea of a vacation is NOT traveling. However, we do enjoy short trips from time to time — mostly to the San Antonio area. I have been to Arkansas and California but I was a child so this question really doesn’t apply. With that said, however, I spent some time in Dallas in 1961/62 when my dad was doing some film work here and the one thing I did buy was a copy of “Tom Sawyer” at a drug store. So, I guess I did begin the practice of buying vacation books then.

Yes, I do buy books when I am vacationing. The last trip to San Antonio I bought four books dealing with local history. I had been looking for those sorts of books for some time but I hadn’t been able to find any north of Austin so when I discovered them in a bookstore — Betano’s — on the Riverwalk, I seized the opportunity, bought four and then picked my DH up off the floor when I handed him the receipt for $134. In my opinion, it was well worth it to sort of round out my local history section of my personal library.

While visiting in and around Texas, I don’t really have a favorite bookstore — I mean, B&N and Borders is the Starbucks of the literary world — they are on every corner so it isn’t difficult to find a place to buy a book but I do like to frequent book areas in museums and gift stores of tourist sites. For instance, when I visited the UK, I hit every bookstore/gift shop in every tourist place I went. I have to say the sales people at the gift store at Westminster Abbey were more than thrilled that I visited there!

I find books to be the best sourvenir of a vacation, followed closely by art work and postcards. So, yes, I do buy books while on vacation.


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