Looking for more destinations to add in your must-visit list for bibliophiles? Here’s another Wanderlust Wonderlist x The Analogue Reader installment recommending five more spots you can visit for a novel travel!
Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s trilogy of novels — The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game, and The Prisoner of Heaven — are among today’s popular novels set in Barcelona. For those who found themselves engrossed in The Shadow of the Wind, Zafon suggests walking in the footsteps of the novel’s characters. While a number of the places in the book are fictional, the Spanish novelist notes that his riveting tale was actually spun around the iconic Ramblas, a street in central Barcelona. In fact, in his website, you will find a guide (also in the book) and a Google Map for a “Shadow of the Wind Walk.”
Burgundy and Dordogne, France
While set in a fictional French village called Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the delectable tale of Chocolat by Joanne Harris has a movie adaptation filmed mostly in Burgundy and Dordogne in France. If you enjoyed Vianne Rocher’s sweet tale of romance and chocolate, put those sturdy walking shoes on and take a stroll around the old village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain in Burgundy, or in Beynac-et-Cazenac by the Dordogne River.
The 1996 memoir Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes is certainly movie-worthy from the title alone, so it’s not at all surprising to find a film adaptation set in the rustic and romantic Italian region. If you feel like taking an impromptu trip somewhere scenic and far from home ala Frances Mayes (Diane Lane in the film), join a tour or go solo around the town of Cortona. If you’re lucky, feeling bold, or have plenty of cash to spare (or all of these), you might even find yourself a charming villa that’s yours to call home!
Bangkok and Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
Just because Thailand has been pretty much on every adventurous traveler’s must-visit list doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Consider adding a literary twist to your visit in Bangkok by flipping through the pages of The Beach by Alex Garland en route to the Thai capital. Walking through Khao San Road, where the novel begins and its protagonist Richard starts his adventure, may keep you on your toes in search of an adventure of your own. If you truly wish to follow Richard’s footsteps, there’s no need for you to search for a mystery island paradise; pack your beach stuff and sail to Kho Phi Phi Leh, where the 2000 film adaptation of Garland’s novel was filmed.
Last but not the least is another popular destination in Asia: Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, which is also a setting for many fascinating literary works. A perfect read for cooling down after a frenetic tour around the bustling city, After Dark by Haruki Murakami will usher you into a surreal Tokyo through the intriguing individual stories of its “night people.” Prepare to get lost in a tale where drama, metaphysical reflections, and psychological elements converge into Murakami’s very own mind-blowing Tokyo.
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