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#MicroblogMondays 172: Coolest Store Ever

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I have found my dream store.

It’s an Alice in Wonderland-themed store aimed at giving you a very Alice-like experience from the moment you attempt to enter the building.  Yes, the Alice-themed store in Oxford sort of brings you into that Wool and Water world, but… not like this.

The issue is that this store is in Japan.

That is the problem with Atlas Obscura.  It tells you about these really cool spaces in other parts of the world, and then crushes your heart when you realize that you may never get to experience it.  It’s a store, after all, and by the time I make it to Tokyo, this place could be closed.

What cool spaces have you read about on the Internet that you want to visit?


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1 Nabanita { 12.11.17 at 6:02 am }

This is so cool. I need to check it out albeit on the internet for the time being!

2 loribeth { 12.11.17 at 10:17 am }

I just heard that Tiffany on 5th Avenue has opened a cafe… so now you really can have breakfast at Tiffany’s. 🙂 All the decor is Tiffany blue.


3 Lavonne @ the OCD infertile { 12.11.17 at 11:21 am }

I want to go to the Pixar Animation Resort and see all the Nemo and Dory stuff!

4 Sharon { 12.11.17 at 12:02 pm }

I have always wanted to visit the Mayan pyramids of Chichen Itza in Mexico. They have been standing for over a thousand years, so I feel fairly confident that they will still be there when I get around to going. 😉

5 Journeywoman { 12.11.17 at 4:24 pm }

There was a store in Cambridge England where a woman designed sculptured scenes from her favorite books. She never went on line with it but I never forgot how well they were designed.

6 Jess { 12.11.17 at 9:50 pm }

Oooh, that sounds lovely. Japan has so many neat things…I wish the flight was a little shorter! It would definitely be a great place to visit. I want to go to the ice hotel in Iceland or Sweden: https://www.icehotel.com/en-gb/ It looks SO COOL (pun not really intended, groan). I would love to see the Northern Lights. From a place where it’s ice everywhere, while we still have them.

7 Mali { 12.12.17 at 12:36 am }

I have never visited the Atlas Obscura, until now, and almost immediately I found new information/speculation about a biscuit I grew up with! I think this will be my new favourite website. Thanks, Mel!

As for cool places I want to visit? You haven’t got time or space for me to list them. Machu Picchu is one, and some of those fabulous Rajasthan cities and palaces another. (Wow, I can be restrained when I feel like it!)

8 Mary Francis { 12.12.17 at 7:25 am }

I have a photograph somewhere that I downloaded of this AMAZING hotel bedroom. It was sitting IN a coral reef. The walls were all window, so the fish were swimming all around. It was like being in a goldfish bowl, only the other way round, if you see what I mean!

9 Lori Shandle-Fox { 12.12.17 at 8:40 am }

I’d love to see the hot air balloon festival in New Mexico. Also, the SpongeBob Krusty Krab restaurant. Now would probably not be the best time for me to go since it’s on the West Bank.

10 Charlotte { 12.12.17 at 8:45 am }

I can’t think of a place I have read about online, but there are 2 stores I have been to in person that were amazing.
One was the 4th floor of this store in London years ago when they used to make Doc Martens in the UK. The entire 4th floor was every kind of Doc you could imagine, it was amazing, wall to wall Docs. And, they didn’t cost as much as they did in the US.
The other is a place I wonder if you had ever been…did you ever go to Old Elliott City back in the day?? There was a shop which I can’t for the life of me remember the name, but it was a funky-er store at the bottom of the hill, but the second floor was a thrift-shop type place. Filled with amazing used clothes. I used to spend so much time up there. It was like a little hide-away place but it was so comforting to go there. It sounds weird, but it was one of the coolest retail spaces I have ever been in.

11 Lori Lavender Luz { 12.12.17 at 10:41 am }

I wonder if Disney would set up a world for Game of Thrones the way it did for Harry Potter? lol

12 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 12.12.17 at 7:09 pm }

Maybe it’ll do so well they’ll open another location – in the U.S.!

I’m always researching things in other places for posts etc., so there are a lot of neat little shops and cafes I wish I could visit! Really, part of the reason I started my Happenings List was because, if I can’t go to some exhibition or event going on in another part of the world, at least I can share it. That helps somehow. 🙂

13 Valery Valentina { 12.13.17 at 11:40 am }

Like Mali and Sharon I have Machu Picchu and Chichen Itza on my list. In 2009 we were considering a trip from Turkey through Syria and Jordan to the pyramids in Egypt. But my DP didn’t dare leave the 4 weeks that it took, so we only did Jordan (Petra, dead sea) and I went to Egypt on my own. Forever sad that it is too late now to see what was in Syria.

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