a little piece of heaven

January 12, 2008

selexyz_maastricht.jpgIn the spring we were in the medieval city of Maastricht, tucked away in the southern most corner of the Netherlands, within shouting distance of both Germany and Belgium. While Mr. Snow was busy cycling 250 km up and down a whole collection of little hills, Miss Demure, Miss Not-So-Demure and myself wandered the streets, in and out of bakeries and boutiques. But then… we found this. The largest bookstore chain in the Netherlands has found itself a spectacular new home in an 800 year old Dominican church. The Amsterdam architechts who engineered the makeover, Merkx + Girod, richly deserved the Lensvelt de Architect Interior Prize for 2007 for it. As if being surrounded by shelves and shelves of books wasn’t delicious enough. Do go by when you are in the area. I promise you’ll be inspired!

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