You wouldn’t look for a world-class bookstore in the middle of a sleepy little village that hardly counts 2000 inhabitants, but there you have it: Le Bleuet, France’s biggest rural book walhalla, is full of surprises.
The place stretches out over four floors, offering an amazing array of fiction and non fiction for all ages. Savor the distinct smell of paper while you sweep through thousands of volumes, stacked along the shelves or hidden in discreet little nooks. My favorite section is the comic books one: a spiral staircase on the first floor will lead you to an attic stuffed with every French and Belgian graphic novel you can think of. I also keep finding the prettiest children’s books here, not your typical “Charlie does a poopoo” situations, but beautifully illustrated works of art that will enchant both your kid and your coffee table… Count at least one hour to explore this magic world of ink and paper and indulge in a good glass of wine or beer afterwards on one of the town square’s sunny terraces.