For instance, when I was in Northern Ireland a few months ago, I enjoyed coffee with my family at Tin House Coffee in Porterdown.
The friendly staff and congenial customers made us welcome. My husband had an interesting chat with a missionary who had worked in Malawi. And when we knocked over a caffè latte, making a milky puddle on the floor and strewing glass splinters everywhere, a smiling member of the staff cleaned up the mess and replaced the latte free of charge.
|Sophie and Emma rendered excellent service.|
Our coffee was delicious too, and, as if that wasn't enough, a board displayed other benefits of drinking coffee.
Quotes from the Bible and one of my favorite authors, CS Lewis, decorated the walls. Old doors, full of character, were crafted into tables which added to the charm of the coffee shop.
|Beautiful old lock on our table|
|Students chilling at a door table|
|I really liked this little library|
I agree with Albert Einstein that libraries are absolutely important, but as I read through this post again, it struck me that coffee shops are also important happy finds for me. If I lived in Porterdown, Tin House Coffee would be my favourite haunt for writing, inspiration and good coffee.
What do you look for when you visit a new location? Have you found any unusual libraries, bookshops or coffee shops?