Destiny in the Most Beautiful Bookstore in Buenos Aires

Ateneo bookstore

Ateneo bookstore

Sometimes you are destined to meet someone or something in your life.

On this rainy Sunday, we decided to head over to the most beautiful book store in Buenos Aires, el Ateneo Grand Splendid. It used to be a theater “Teatro Grand Splendid” since 1919, that was converted into a gorgeous bookstore in 2000. We were walking around flipping through books here and there. As we passed by the cafe, where customers can freely bring in books to read while they have coffee, my boyfriend pointed out a book that a couple was looking at, a big beautifully illustrated book. I looked over. “Yes, it is beautiful.” I remarked, and we walked along.

Afterwards, we were checking out a section with food/cuisine related hardcover books for awhile commenting on how delicious the photos look in them. As we were about to move on, my boyfriend noticed that a mom and a child just recently had left a book on the display table of the cuisine section, which happened to be the book we had noticed earlier. We took a look, and I knew it had to be mine.

Beautifully illustrated and designed by Benjamin Lacombe (official Page), “Madama Butterfly” from the infamous opera which the plot happens to be in Japan and the main character a Japanese girl “Cio Cio”. We tried to see if there were more of the same book or others that were as beautiful, just in case I might want something else. Nope. This was the last one in the store, and his other books are also beautiful but not as interesting as this one, as this one was designed to represent the Japanese screen (Check out the photos).

We asked for the price, and coincidentally, I had brought the exact amount with me, okay 10 pesos different, but I’d say bingo. I think I got the most beautiful book that exists in this most beautiful book store in Buenos Aires. Wouldn’t you call this “destiny”?

el Ateneo bookstore

el Ateneo bookstore

Madame Butterfly by Benjamin Lacombe

Madame Butterfly by Benjamin Lacombe

Madame Butterfly by Benjamin Lacombe

Madame Butterfly by Benjamin Lacombe

Madame Butterfly by Benjamin Lacombe

Madame Butterfly by Benjamin Lacombe

Madame Butterfly by Benjamin Lacombe

Madame Butterfly by Benjamin Lacombe

Madame Butterfly by Benjamin Lacombe

Madame Butterfly by Benjamin Lacombe

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