When we think of literature, literary greats of the pre-1900’s usually spring to mind – Shakespeare, Chaucer, Dickens, Austen, Wilde to name a few.
Their works, that have stood the test of time, conjuring up romantic images of eras past. It always has been and will be fascinating to visit significant places in history made dear by these authors and their stories.
Modern literature, though yet to prove its ability to stand that same test of time, can also provide for rich cultural experiences, with respect to travel, especially for a younger generation.
Mrhudsonexplores.com is a rich resource for cultural experiences in a variety of destinations, but let’s take a look at destinations that are must-see for the modern literature enthusiast.
The fascination with J. R. R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” is real. If Middle Earth is a place you need to see, choose from a six, 10 or 14 day tour, taking in up to 10 locations where the movie was shot in breath-taking New Zealand. Just the scenery alone without its significance to the books and movie is worth the effort.
Chick lit queen, Candace Bushnell, is best known for her 1996 “Sex and the City” book made into a TV series and subsequent movies. Famously based on a New York City it-girl, Carrie Bradshaw and her three closest friends, there are around 40 locations to take in on the Sex and the City Tour that devotees will get a kick out of visiting when in the concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
France / Italy / London / Scotland
Talented American writer, Dan Brown, has captured the minds and stopped the hearts of readers, world-wide with his thriller fiction novels, largely set in Europe. Readers of “The Da Vinci Code” find Paris and its landmarks and attractions just that little more special having read this book. The Louvre, Hotel Ritz, Saint-Augustin Church and Saint-Sulpice Church are all there for viewing. While the Chateau Vilette is not open to the public, the nearby Chateau Versailles is and it will give you a sense of its opulence. Across to the United Kingdom again, and London is home to the Temple Church, Westminster Abbey if you can make it to Scotland you’ll find the Rosslyn Chapel (Midlothian).
Onto Italy now and Brown’s “Angels and Demons” features historical sites including St. Maria del Popolo Church, St. Peter’s Square, St. Maria della Vittoria Church, Piazza Navona, Castel Sant’Angelo and Il Passetto – all of which can be appreciated on a guided tour:
Around 19 key locations featured in Brown’s most recent offering, “Inferno”, can be scouted in Florence – from the impressive Academia Gallery to the Church of Dante and Santa Croce. Carry on to Venice for a must-do trip down the Grand Canal.
The magic of Harry Potter can continue long after you’ve turned the final page, if you can book your journey to London. A Harry Potter Tour will have you taking your photo on Platform 93/4, seeing the entrance to the Ministry of Magic, spotting the exterior of Gringotts Banks and much more.
Read the book, see the movie, then go and experience it for yourself. It doesn’t get better than that.