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10 incredible bookstores in unusual places

By: Melissa Breyer on June 12, 2014, 12:01 p.m.
La caverne aux livres

Photo: Train car, above (Wikimedia Commons) and equirectangular panorama of station, below (Alexandre Duret-Lutz/Flickr).

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La Caverne aux Livres

Few things make as romantic a pairing as books and trains. And while much of that has to do with their shared connotations of traveling (whether actual or metaphysical), even books coupled with a stationary train car are a magical combination. At La Caverne aux Livres (the cave of books) in Auvers-sur-Oise, north of Paris, an old postal train station and several mail-sorting train cars have become home to a ranging collection of used books for sale. Visitors often spend hours looking through the broad selection there, amidst an atmosphere of old letters and dreams of faraway places.