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    Posted on May 18, 2015

    There's A Village In Wales That Is Basically One Big Library

    Book your holiday now.

    1. This is the Welsh village of Hay-on-Wye.

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    2. It's got a lovely castle.

    3. There are plenty of adorable cafes and antique shops.

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    4. Plus lots of deliciously, locally sourced food.

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    5. But that's not why you're here, now is it?

    6. Because charming as the rest of it is... the thing that Hay-on-Wye does better than anywhere else...

    7. ... is books.

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    8. Hay-on-Wye is the world's largest second-hand and antiquarian book centre.

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    9. It's got some of the most charming bookshops in the world.

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    10. And some of the creepiest.

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    11. In case the shops on every corner don't do it for you...

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    12. ... the village is full secret spots to pick up a new read.

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    13. Hay-on-Wye has several unmanned "honesty bookshops."

    14. Like this one...

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    15. ... with its outdoor shelves lining the outer walls of the castle.

    16. Perfection.

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    17. And lots of pop-up sales.

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    18. The village hosts the annual Hay Literary Festival, bringing in lots of acclaimed writers.

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    19. And more importantly, THESE CHAIRS.

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    20. There are tiny, perfect outdoor shelves everywhere.

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    21. The village's main export must be bookshelf porn.

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    22. I mean, honestly.

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    23. Just shut up and take my money, Hay-on-Wye.

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    24. There are so many bucket list bookshops.

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    25. With so much history and ambience, you could probably spend a year in each one.

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    26. You could seriously camp out here forever.

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    27. You might as well pick up and move there right now.

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    28. Because Hay-on-Wye gets you.

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    29. BRB, *bookgasming*.

    The Hay Festival runs 21-31 May 2015.

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