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Located in the basement of one of Santorini’s white houses in the village of Oia, Atlantis Books was started by young American and European bibliophiles who wanted to create a haven for readers and writers in one of the most beautiful, if remote, places in the Mediterranean; a place where people more often read sunsets than books. Here, sunburned vacationers can spend afternoons in the bookstore’s cool quarters, with the jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter on the stereo as they scan the eclectic collection.

Here's the interesting story of how it all started:

"In the spring of 2002, Oliver and Craig spent a week on the island of Santorini. The land inspired them and there was no bookshop, so they drank some wine and decided to open one. Oliver named it Atlantis Books and the two laughed about how their children would run it someday. On one New Year’s Morn, they ploughed across the continent and landed in Oia. They found an empty building facing the sunset, drank some whiskey and signed a lease. Found a dog and cat, opened a bank account, applied for a business license, found some friends, built the shelves, landed a boat on the terrace and filled the place with books. Jenny came in April and painted everything blue."

Since opening in 2004, the charming shop has become a landmark and must-visit destination for travellers and locals alike. If you find yourself hankering after some Ryszard Kapuscinski or Jamaica Kincaid — the Atlantis Books will likely have it.

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  • Copyright: May Mah (mayjayne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 376 W: 23 N: 1119] (7204)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2014-10-23
  • Categories: Humour
  • Exposition: f/13.0, 1/30 secondes
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  • Date Submitted: 2015-07-15 22:44
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