By Tiffany Porter
It is not necessary to go somewhere to find yourself in another place. Books are capable of transporting us both to a neighboring street and to another galaxy. Unfortunately, the possibility of real intergalactic travel is still under development, but it is still possible to visit books and see the places described in them with your own eyes. In this article, we have gathered top book places every literature lover should visit to feel complete immersion.
If you love Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes as we love them, then you have no right to refuse a trip to London. These heroes were created in different eras, they belong to different worlds – the world of magic and the world of unsolved crimes, but London still remains real and this city opens our list of vacations for book lovers.
Hint! London tour agencies offer special tours to visit Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes places, so you can save your planning efforts.
There are currently no authors on the planet who wrote better about Barcelona than Carlos Ruiz Safon. Of course, you read The Shadow of the Wind trilogy. And if you haven’t read it, then urgently add this book to the list of obligatory reading, as well as review the nearest flights to this city. Barcelona comes to life on the pages of Safon’s books, and rest assured that you will never forget this book or this city again. “Barcelona is a witch, do you understand it, Daniel? It penetrates your skin and captures your soul, and you don’t even notice it.”
St. Petersburg, Russia
If you are a fan of classical Russian literature, then you should go to St. Petersburg, and not to Moscow, as you might think. By the way, since we already remembered Moscow, then the action of Bulgakov’s mystical novel, The Master and Margarita, takes place in this city, and all the locations that are mentioned in the book are still in place.
However, be sure that Petersburg will open a gate to the world of Russian classics. The action of the books Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky, as well as many stories created by Gogol and Pushkin, take place here.
And of course, the classic St. Petersburg’s rain, drawbridges, historical monuments of Tsarist Russia and white nights are already waiting for you.
The list of books whose plots unfold in Paris is almost endless. Let’s try to recall the most famous if you suddenly doubt that this city is a place of literary power.
- The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo
- The Red and The Black by Stendhal
- The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas
- The Arc de Triomphe by Erich Maria Remarque
- A Holiday That Is Always With You by Ernest Hemingway
- Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant
And even this is not the end of the list — however, even one book of those that we have listed will be enough to give your heart to Paris and want to visit this city at least once.
Matamata (Shire, Hobbiton), New Zealand
Yes, yes, we are talking about the Lord of the Rings. Of course, both the author of the book and the creators of the legendary cinematic saga did everything possible so that we could also go along with the hobbits and everyone who helped them save the world.
However, the village of Shire with its low roundhouses, bright green grass, and endless expanses around is real and thousands of saga lovers visit this place daily. You cannot afford to miss this place. Yes, the journey to New Zealand will be time-consuming, and possibly costly, but can this be an obstacle to someone whose life is woven into favorite books so closely?
New York City, NY
Tell me honestly, which of the books did you recall when we mentioned New York? The Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby or Terribly Loud and Extremely Close? Whatever your answer, this city is always worth a visit. Three books that we remembered are far from the whole list of works whose plots were unfolding in this city, and New York really has a lot to offer to lovers of literature and traveling.
America has given the world a lot of its literary talent, and of course, New York is not the only city that gives you the opportunity to touch real literary art.
If you have long wanted to get into the world of Haruki Murakami, then you should definitely visit Tokyo. Which of his books do you like best? The Norwegian Forest? It’s a good choice. Then be sure to visit the forest of suicides, which really exists in the suburbs of Tokyo and look at your life with different eyes.
Cultural shock is guaranteed – one trip to Japan and you will no longer be the same. You will see a country of innovation and technology, and perhaps understand why Naoko and Watanabe were ready to throw away their lives.
If you are looking for places to visit a book in the truest sense of the word, then do everything possible so that your path leads you to Atlanta. Do you know what book we are hinting at? Yes, it is Gone with the Wind – a book that delights and excites readers for a century.
Atlanta is still saturated with the spirit of the time – this city has remained the center of the economic development of America. Moreover, the atmosphere of the book itself has also been preserved – you should definitely visit the tour The Road to Tara, as well as the Museum of Margaret Mitchell. And no, don’t think about it tomorrow – think about this idea today, and be sure to add this city to your list of must-to-visit places.
Of course, the list of literary vacations does not end at the places that we mentioned in this article. Almost every big city on the planet has its own cultural and literary heritage, so it is always possible to find a vivid literary trace anywhere you go.
Tiffany Porter has been working as a Chief Writer at Online Writers Rating reviewing a variety of writing services websites. She is a professional writing expert on such topics as digital marketing, blogging, design. She also likes traveling and speaks German and French.