Turn the cormer from one of the new eye-catching shopping arcades in ancient Maastrict City and you find yourself back into a medieval corner. The dark Gothic Walls of an old Domincan Church has new entrance doors of filmmatic grandeur. POLARE is the new symbolic name for a consortia of bookshops across the Netherlands. Always eyecatching and for the English reader a wide selection that can astound. Within the central aisle a double row of black-wooden high-rise book stacks with stairs to upper levels as seen in London's British Library. What ever ones beliefs here is a space that brings together a sense of the past,presnt and future in a world of books pleasingly displayed. As one looks up at the valuted celing the toes in one shoes curl around embossed pitch balck grave stones, and one hopes that those who lie beneath were bookworms. In the old nave where the alter once stood one can eat and drink to the new God of Food and notices in severla languages tell of days when music, song and readings of poetry and prose take place. This bookish church space is international. This Anglo-Irishman found himself advising a Dutch lady who had looked a little sad to have a laugh per page when reading the book by a Swedish writer, THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF A WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED. On this day I was an 84 year old man who walked through a door and had a wonderful experience and I just love to read books and feel the paper and admire the type face, illustrations and the binding. So much more permanent than an electronic kindle. Just go and look and see for yourself,
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