Monday, June 12, 2017

Bookstore Bliss: Topping & Co. in Ely, England

Bookstores are one of my favorite places to visit when I travel, and when exploring the cathedral city of Ely in England last summer, I discovered what might be my favorite bookshop EVER.


It's called Topping & Company, and they have locations in Bath, St. Andrews in Scotland, and Ely.  There were three floors, windows with cozy seating looking out over the cathedral towers, and a wonderful assortment of books to peruse. They also give you FREE coffee or tea - proper coffee and tea with a polka dotted cup, pot, cream, and sugar - and a little biscuit (aka cookie for Americans) in the cutest little tray. Seriously I kinda want to buy one of those trays to use at home.


We were visiting Ely because Elizabeth Goudge, an author I absolutely love, used to live there, and I've read that the city in her book Dean's Watch is based on Ely. As I mentioned in the Topping & Co. video, I'm sharing the complete vlogs from our England and Ireland trip on my Patreon page, so there are more videos where I talk about Elizabeth Goudge and share our trip to the cathedral (we even got to go up on the roof and see the towers up close!) on Patreon.  There are about a dozen #EmmainEngland vlogs up on Patreon right now, and a new one gets uploaded every Friday. Any patrons giving $5 a month or more get access to all the videos, so if you're interested in watching more or would like to help support my content, I hope you'll check it out! :)

Have you ever been to Topping & Co? What's your favorite bookstore to visit?

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