Hay-on-Wye

Lifestyle | March 29, 2017

THE TOWN OF BOOKS BY THE RIVER WYE

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Finally we had the chance to explore Mid and South Wales or let’s just say we began to do so. We spent 2 nights at the stunning country house hotel Llangoed Hall (more to come soon) and stopped in Hay-on-Wye on our way.

 
 

Hay-on-Wye is a small but very pretty market town. It has less than 2000 inhabitants but it’s a tourist magnet. Why, you’re asking? It’s because of all the books you find in the town, be it second-hand book shops or bookstands that are literally everywhere. It’s the reason why Hay is also known as the town of books. There’s a literary festival every year that attracts thousands and thousands of people as well as some VIPs. I think numbers go well into a hundred thousand and I can imagine that it can get quite busy in summertime. If you plan on going to the festival, make sure to book your accommodation well in advance. hay-on-wye

 
 

There are bookstands in the courtyard of Hay Castle as well and you can buy most of the books for only 50p. There aren’t any salespeople but honesty boxes and you throw in your money similar to a letter box. It’s a very special atmosphere and it’s very worthwhile to browse the stands if you have plenty of time. I’ve been loving the Penguin books since uni so the window in the first photo was like paradise. I’m not sure whether it’s the colours or the classics that have such a fascination. On Philippa Stanton’s Instagram account 5ftinf I discovered some images where she shows all of her Penguin books and I must say I’m so jealous of her vast collection. Books are such beauties and I don’t think this will ever going to change for me. Even though we consume so much by means of electronic devices, a book will always be important to me. I love holding one in my hands, love a pretty cover and I think books simply breathe life and personality into every home. hay-on-wye

 
 

By the way: Hay is surrounded by the most beautiful scenery with the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Black Mountains. It’s a great area for walks and enjoy amazing nature. hay-on-wye

 

My outfit:

Esprit Leather Jacket (old; love this and this one too), Zara Plaid Dress (really obsessed with this one), Zara Booties (old; love these ones too), Mulberry Lily Bag, Ray Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses
 
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Esprit Leather Jacket (old; love this and this one too), Zara Plaid Dress (really obsessed with this one), Zara Booties (old; love these ones too), Mulberry Lily Bag, Ray Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses

Comments

thelifbissue43

Awww thank you so very much Lis. Oh your idea of an honesty book shop sounds so great, I hope you can put it into action.x

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Gail

I’ve been to Hay-on-Wye once on a cycling holiday….a real Mecca for books as you say. Love the quaint shop fronts. Your dress has such an unusual and eye catching hemline. Great photos as always.
Gail

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thelifbissue43

Oh yes it’s such a Mecca and I love it. The cycling holiday sounds so interesting, it’s such a great landscape there. Thanks so much Gail and have a great weekend.

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jodie

Now that’s a dream come true for me–books, books & more books!
Although these days with blogging, I don’t find as much time to read….
I really love the hemline on the skirt portion of this dress—it’s totally up my alley to add more interest to the piece!
jodie
http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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thelifbissue43

It is, it’s heaven that’s for sure. Yes, I know what you mean, I used to read like 2 books in a week and now I hardly find the time to do any reading which is such a shame. So glad you like the dress Jodie, thank you.

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Ruth

I would be in heaven with all those books! I really enjoyed looking at these pictures. It looks like an interesting town. I like your outfit and agree about your hem – looks really good.

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thelifbissue43

Thanks so much Ruth. Yes, the place is heaven for all booklovers, it’s just wonderful to browse and walk around the shops. Have a fantastic weekend.xx

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Karen

What a glorious find and what beautiful photos – some of your very best, and that’s saying something! Your dress is fabulous too. There’s something bohemian about it, without losing the more elegant edge. Kx

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thelifbissue43

Oh what a sweet thing to say Karen, thank you so much. Have a lovely weekend.xx

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