From mythical fancy novels to childhood favorites, we have all read books that stirred our imaginations and probably awakened our inner wander lust. When you read about mysterious cultures and mouth-watering dishes you yearn to travel. You want to taste, feel and do new things. You want to be brave. That is the power of literature. Some of these literary destinations you can still explore today but some sadly just give you the gift of imagination. Here are a few books that took me far far away past the second star to the right and straight on till morning…
Even though it’s a place from the past, I really want to visit Avonlea, the place that was ‘shrouded in a haze of bluish purple’. Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery is one book that makes me hail the Author’s descriptive skill because why else would I want to go back to the 1900s and see the world as the red-headed orphan may have?
Paolo Coelho’s most famous novel; The Alchemist follows a shepherd boy as he travels to Egypt in search of treasure and new experiences. He meets kings, finds love and encounters the alchemist who teaches him the important difference between Gold and treasure
Of course Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love is on the list. Follow Elizabeth as she indulges in pasta in Italy, finds spirituality in India and falls in love in Bali ultimately achieving peace of mind.
French (Charles Perrault) fairy tales like puss in boots are well represented (statues, stables, gardens etc.) in the Breteuil Chateau in France if you ever find yourself there and you’re wondering what to do.
Other books on my list include Harry potter by J.K Rowling, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas, Les Miserable and Hunch Back of Notre Dame both by Victor Hugo etc. Even though most of these books have been made into movies/musicals, most of them don’t do justice to the entire story. Don’t just be arm-chair travellers though. Go out there and take these trips yourself!
NB: please tell me your favourite books… xx