As a child, books carried me beyond the walls. Beyond the walls of physical spaces and immediate thoughts. I would ride trains of words for hours, lost in a space between here and never been, even to the point of getting in trouble for reading too much (imagine!). I suppose I’m still riding those trains. I find reading to be an exciting journey.
Reading a good book and traveling somewhere are both adventures. When I travel someplace new, I try to think of literary associations, authors who resided there, or books set in that particular location. So much so that I’ve decided to start a literary adventure.
I’ll be visiting places touched by literary greats of the past. I plan to take a lot of pictures and share them here to give you a virtual tour. (this is also to help me practice my black & white photography. I need the practice).
Come along for the ride
Here’s our itinerary for 2017 :
May: Bath, England
Our writing inspiration: Jane Austen
June: Stratford Upon Avon, England
Our writing inspiration: William Shakespeare
Also in June: Paris, France
Our writing inspirations: James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald (can you see a theme here? They obviously were not born in Paris. I’m more curious to focus my exploration of Paris from the theme of what made them seek refuge there, and what was so inspiring about the city at those times.)
August: Prague, Czech Repulic
September: Amsterdam, Netherlands
(no particular inspiration, it was named the book capital of the world and has so many exciting book places. Plus, I’ll use any excuse to go back. It’s been a few years.
If you have any other location / writer suggestions, please leave me a comment below. I’ll be creating detailed itinerary for each location and would love input if you have any.
You can follow the journey on my Instagram