Monday, May 2, 2011

Book your book tour

Literary pilgrimages—whether it be to Stratford on Avon or the Dickinson manse in Amherst—have been going on since time immemorial. The travel site Trazzler recently put together a cool slide show of intriguing destinations for bibliophiles with wanderlust.

The Chateau d'If in Marseilles instantly caught my fancy. That's the terrible fortress where Edmund Dantès was unjustly imprisoned and spent 14 years plotting his revenge and re-emergence as The Count of Monte Cristo. I remember poring over a Classics Illustrated Comics version of this story as a kid, and there was very little in my young life that was as enthralling.

 Also depicted are the maritime museum where Moby Dick is read aloud in its entirety every year. The same thing happens with Ulysses in many locations worldwide on July 10, a.k.a. "Bloomsday." Joyce set his masterpiece on that day in commemoration of meeting Nora Barnacle, who became his wife, and each year Joyceans galore also recreate the extensive wanderings of Leopold Bloom and Stephen Daedalus through Dublin's fair city.

Also highlighted are the podunk town of La Mancha in Spain, the moors that inspired Wuthering Heights, and Zora Neale Hurston's hometown of Eatonville, Florida.

Are there any intriguing literary sites you've been to or have a yen to visit? Now Voyager, whether ye be seeking guidebooks or tales of faraway lands writ by others, look no further than Daedalus's travel offerings.


  1. The Smithsonian Museum in DC includes everything from the Botanical Gardens to the Zoo, the Natural History Museum, National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, African Art Museum, the Sackler.... and on and on. DC is a featured locale in so many books and movies, yet those of us who are natives, rarely visit our amazing museums-- our precious resources.

    I keep threatening to take a 2 week vacation at home -- no extra money for room and board... just hop on the metro every day and wander around down town. That's my book tour. I adore Black Men Built the Capital by Jesse Holland

    I met him at the National Press Club - his book is so thoroughly researched and well written! It is a thrilling look into our culture and it's making.

  2. When I visited England in 1998 my "must visit" location was Jane Austen's home in Chawton. I was not disappointed. I lingered there for as long as I could and afterwords went across the street and had afternoon tea while looking at her home from the large picture window.

    I highly recommend visiting Concord, MA. Orchard House alone is worth the trip. I loved being able to walk through the home of one of my favorite childhood authors, Louisa May Alcott. Not to mention you can also visit the homes of Emerson, Hawthorne, and Walden Pond too.

  3. thanks for the Trazzler tip! i've been talking about a vacation for ages, i just couldn't make up my mind on where to go. the decision just became harder, but only because of too many amazing options. i can't wait to start planning!