|I took this photo a few weeks ago, back when we last saw that thing in the sky called the sun.|
Yesterday we visited a nearby bookshop a few miles away in the centre of Bradford. Bradford is a city that is so often in the news for all the wrong reasons - racial tension, riots, economic woes - but it has such a rich heritage of wool, mills and textiles that is often forgotten, as well as some truly beautiful architecture.
Bradford Wool Exchange is a gem. It must be one of the most striking buildings in the city. How many bookshops have a ceiling like this?
It recently won a place on The Independent's list of The 50 Best Bookshops. The polished marble columns are all numbered from when the building was full of wool traders going about their business.
The building has a coffee shop on a mezzanine level, which provides an excellent place to sit and look down over the shop and do some people watching.
I love these arches. They are so beautiful.
We love this shop. We often go over on a Sunday afternoon when it is very quiet and have a coffee and browse. We went yesterday, in fact, to escape the freezing rain and enjoy hot chocolate.
The children's department is wonderful. I love Amazon, and it has it's uses, but you cannot beat the feeling of a real book in your hand when you are browsing. Especially when the setting looks like this.
Do you have a favourite bookshop? I would love to hear about it.