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The Literary Hunt

Updated on July 18, 2020


The bibliophiles always look for places where they can fulfill their passionate need for reading. These places have a certain level of literary significance so that the bibliophiles can find all that they need. These book lovers are always ready to hop in their vehicle, or boarding on a plane, bus, train or any other mean of transportation to visit a place which is not only a mere beautiful city to live in, but a literary landscape and is as diverse as the writers it stir.
Many locations in the world have a significant number of literary edifices. The places which your favorite author loved can be the perfect destination for a literary holiday. Seeing the places these people treasured and lived can be a wonderful experience and a whole new idea of spending the holidays. Strolling around well-designed cities with the abundance and bounty of literary sites brings dreams of love torn asunder and dark, brooding heroes. By a well-organized pursue of a self-guided literary journey, a person can find inspiration in many famous cities all around the world.

Washington, D.C

The bookish side of the capital city of the USA is the Library of Congress. The library was built in 1800 and it is considered to be the largest library in the world. The Main Reading Room of the library has murals, marble, and stained glass which depict the architectural as well as literary worth of the place. Free guided tours used to be offered of this ostentatious structure.

There is also an indie bookstore called Politics and Prose, you can take part in a book discussion or any other event organized regularly at the place. Fridays and Saturdays are the days for Kramerbook and the nearby Afterwards Cafe and Grill. From there you can find any bedtime book.

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is also considered the cultural capital of Australia. The city was founded in 1835 as a frontier outpost. The most literary place of the city is the State Library of Victoria. It was built in mid-1800 and its founding president declared it free for all above age 14 "only if their hands are clean". It has three different galleries and also a Wheeler Center situated in the south wing where you can attend a talk. There is a reading room as well called La Trobe Reading Room where quotes of popular writers are ornamented.

You can also visit "Melbourne by the Book" on a walking expedition or a spacious book market in Fed Square on Saturdays. Drunken Poet is also a nice place for literary lovers where there is Irish poetry, music, and portraits of well-known authors including Oscar Wilde hung on the walls.

Santiago, Chile

Pablo Neruda who is known as "people's poet" was famous for his romantic verses and his home, La Chascona. Situated in the hilltop Bellavista neighborhood, the bright yellow and blue building is an exciting place to view. There is another poet that Chile honors, who was also a Nobel Prize recipient, Gabriela Mistral. Her mural is constructed at Cerro Santa Lucia Park. Chile also honors her by using her visage on the note of 5,000 pesos.

As the prizes of the new book are touching the sky in Chile, the sale and demand of second-hand books, available in the robust markets in the city, is also rising. You can either visit the various merchants in the shopping center close to Miguel Claro Street and Providencia Avenue intersection or peruse the offerings at Lastarria Street's weekend market near Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. The book lovers who look for Java can head straight to the library Cafe Literario, which has several branches such as outposts in Balmaeeda Park. The branch has about 30,000 books.

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm made its mark on the literary map a while ago when its inventor Alfred Nobel introduced the Nobel prizes in 1895. The prize appreciates the work of writers, peace activists, and scientists. The place for the annual award dinner that happened every December is the City Hall, which is a landmark in its way.

Tour of the Stockholm City Museum is a smooth walk looking at the sites shown in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", the bestselling novel written by Stieg Larsson. In the early times, the most popular fictional lass of Sweden was Pippi Longstocking, a redheaded high spirit character of a children's book with the same name. Afterward, tattooed computer hacker Lisbeth Salander of the Millennium series took the position. You can also visit Tegnerlunden Park where there is a statue of its creator Astrid Lindgren.

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