Happy Tuesday, friends! 👋🏻 This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is “Bookish Events/Festivals I’d Love to Go to Someday” but since I am extremely knowledgable when it comes to book events and literature festivals, I chose to talk about real-world locations that have literary history to them. Whether that’s because of certain books being set there, or famous authors being born there, I want to go.
Travel is something that I have a love/hate relationship with because I love being in new places and going to museums and famous locations, but I absolutely hate the process of getting there. I hate airports and I can’t sit comfortably in a car for more than thirty minutes. The day that science invents instant transportation will be a very good day for me, but I can’t see that happening any time soon.
Shakespeare and Co, Paris
I have been to Paris a million times, but for some reasons, I have never found this shop. This shop is pretty much the bookworm place to go in Paris, and yet I am so terrible at reading maps and following directions that I haven’t been to it. My family was planning to back to Paris this year, but because of the world being on fire, we’re not going to go on any holidays until next year so hopefully, I will be able to go eventually.
15 Marino Crescent, Dublin
This may seem like just an ordinary house address, but this is the address of Bram Stoker’s birthplace. I’ve never been to Ireland and I’ve wanted to for a long time, and finding out about both this place and the Dracula Experience in Dublin, now has given me a reason to convince my parents to go to Dublin other than “I want to go to Dublin”.
Castle Frankenstein, Germany
Does this castle have any links to the book Frankenstein? Probably not, but it turned out that Bran Castle in Romania doesn’t have any links to Dracula or Vlad the Impaler outside of rumours and misconceptions but I still went there because castles are cool, especially when they share their names with Gothic books. Also, I love Germany so I’m always looking for an excuse to go to Germany.
Prince Edward Island, Canada
I have not read Anne of Green Gables, but I do want to go to Canada. I would go to any part of Canada, but I have seen travel vlogs of Prince Edward Island and it looks so beautiful there. The more words I write in this post, the more I think I’ve made my choices based on how great a bookstagram photo I could get.
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
I have yet to read any books set in New Orleans (I think), but I have heard about how spooky and Gothic New Orleans is, and I believe this is where Anne Rice wrote her vampire books. Which I also have yet to read. I will get around to them someday!
Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Yay, another spooky place! In an ideal world, I would go to Salem at Halloween but if I know goths and witchy people, Salem is very likely heaving on Halloween night which does not work for me. The only literary thing I’ve read that’s set in Salem is The Crucible by Arthur Miller, but I’m going to assume that there are plenty of books set there, and not just books about witches.
Seattle, Washington, USA
I read somewhere that Seattle is a UNESCO Literary City, and the sheer amount of bookshops there is a huge draw to me. I’ve been to the USA twice and both times the only bookshop I saw was at the airport in San Francisco. Where were all the bookshops in New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Los Angeles hiding?? Are they all in Seattle? If that is the case, I will be taking my butt to Seattle to live in the bookshops and drink my body weight in coffee.
I’m not the biggest fairy-tale lover anymore, but I really want to visit the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale house in Copenhagen. This isn’t the only Andersen museum in Denmark, so I would love to go to the other museum in Odense. Copenhagen is another one of those places that I just want to go to in general because I want to visit all the European capital cities at least once each.
Prague, Czech Republic
Here’s the thing with Prague: it is a beautiful city, that also is the birthplace of Franz Kafka. I don’t like Franz Kafka’s work, so why would I want to go to Prague? Hear me out: there are more things to do in Prague that aren’t related to Kafka. I don’t particularly care for monarchies but I do like going to castles sometimes. Plus, it’s somewhere I haven’t been before, and that’s always exciting.
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Russia is a country that I have mixed feelings about because they have a very troubled past and present, but Saint Petersburg is right at the top of my travel bucket list because of how beautiful it looks. I want to go to Moscow too, but Moscow would be more of a history trip for me than a literary trip, because most of the classic Russian authors wrote their books in Saint Petersburg. Ideally, I would go in winter so that it would be cold and snowy (which is how I thrive best) but because my parents hate cold weather, I’d probably end up going alone.
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Which real-world bookish locations would you want to visit?