If, perhaps, you are up against some end-of-year deadline, whether actual or self-imposed, and are feeling vaguely frayed around the edges trying to get everything socked away before Thursday night, then perhaps you might need a gentle place to rest your eyes and mind for minutes at a time. In which case, I suggest spending a little downtime at Curious Expeditions’ Librophiliac Love Letter: A Compendium of Beautiful Libraries.
I see photo collections of striking libraries and bookstores posted in various places throughout the year. This one’s a standout, though—not just because it’s sprawling enough to truly get lost in, but because it opens with Michelle Enemark and Dylan Thuras’ own pictures of the library at the Strahov Monastery, in Prague, and their enthusiasm is contagious:
The amazing Theological Hall contains 18,000 religious texts, and the grand Philosophical Hall has over 42,000 ancient philosophical texts. Both are stunningly gorgeous. Strahov also contains a beautiful cabinet of curiosities, including bits of a Dodo bird, a large 18th century electrostatic device, numerous wonderfully old ocean specimens, and for unclear reasons many glass cases full of waxen fruit. Our delight was manifest.
Curious Expeditions is one of the best blogs around for the slightly Gothic-at-heart deskchair traveler, always good for a surreptitious getaway. And right around now, there’s nothing more soothing than taking a very—very—quick time out among the stacks while the clock is ticking.
(Photo is of a statue of John the Evangelist in the Strahov Monastery Theological Hall, from Curious Expeditions Flickr photostream.)