6 Must-Visit Cities in Europe for Book Lovers
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6 Must-Visit Cities in Europe for Book Lovers

Europe is a book lovers’ haven. It is teeming with bookish cities and places that have inspired great works of famous authors from across a span of centuries. From Shakespeare to J.K. Rowling, there seems to be an endless list of world-famous literary figures whose footsteps can literally follow. You can pick a city and find libraries, cafes, pubs, and museums with literary significance that make for memorable book-themed travel experiences.

Copenhagen, Denmark
The Little Mermaid statue Copenhagen
Copenhagen may not be the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen. But it was where some of the timeless and much-loved fairy tales like The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling were born. Some of the literary attractions you can find include the writer’s home in Nyhavn and the statue of the Little Mermaid.

Dublin, Ireland
Long Room Trinity College
If there is one city every book nerd needs to visit, it would be Dublin. The UNESCO City of Literature is brimming with bookish attractions. You do not have to look far and long to find plaques and landmarks dedicated to literary legends like Brendan Behan, George Bernard Shaw, and Oscar Wilde among others. Other attractions you would not want to miss include the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Writers Museum, James Joyce Centre, Marsh’s Library, National Print Museum, The Long Room at the Trinity College Library, various bookshops, literary festival, and the literary pub crawls.

Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh
Edinburgh is another European city that made it to the UNESCO City of Literature list. Literature is deeply embedded into the culture and identity of the city. Among its many top literary sites include cafes like The Elephant House and Spoon where J.K. Rowling did some work on her famous Harry Potter series. The city is also home to attractions like pub tours (Deacon Brodies Tavern, Milnes Bar, the Oxford Bar), The Royal Mile, Central Library, National Library of Scotland, Scottish Poetry Library, Scottish Storytelling Centre, The Electric Bookshop, and various bookstores like the Armchair Books, Edinburgh Books, and Looking Glass Books.

Florence, Italy
Florence
Beautiful architecture and impressive art collections in world-famous museums and galleries may be among the first things that come to mind when you think of Florence. But the city also has a strong link to one of the greatest works of all time – Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. A tour of the city will bring you to many places where the Italian poet once walked and wrote some of his pieces including the Divine Comedy.

London, England
London
There is simply no way a literature lover would want to skip a visit to London if given the opportunity. From the replica of Shakespeare’s original Globe Theatre to the famed Platform 9 and ¾ at King’s Cross of the Harry Potter tales, there is simply no dearth of places to go if you want to spend a book-themed vacation in the city.

Paris, France
Bouquinistes Seine Paris
The City of Light not only became home at some point to many literary legends. It is also a treasure trove of charming bookshops. Its many literary attractions include the English-language bookstore Shakespeare and Company, the Bouquinistes or booksellers along the banks of the Seine, Cimetière de Montparnasse (Jean-Paul Sartre, Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, Susan Sontag and more), Cimetière du Père Lachaise (Oscar Wilde, Colette, Marcel Proust, and Gertrude Stein among others), Maison de Victor Hugo, Musée du Montparnasse, Musée de la Vie Romantique (George Sand’s House), Mouffetard Quarter of the Left Bank, Café de Flore, and Les Deux Magots.

A Bucket List of Things To Do in Turkey
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A Bucket List of Things To Do in Turkey

Hagia Sophia

Straddling two continents, Turkey is a country steeped in history, culture, traditions, ancient monuments, and a heritage uniquely its own. It is a place where you can fall in love with the people, places, cultural landmarks, architecture, and nature areas. Not to mention the fantastic Turkish cuisine. Whether you are planning on hot air ballooning in Turkey to see the surreal fairy chimneys of Cappadocia or exploring the many attractions of Istanbul, here are some of the best things to see and do for the bucket list.

1. Admire the stunning architecture and the impressive interior of Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia).

2. Take a hike at the rock valleys of Cappadocia or go on a balloon ride for the amazing vista of the spectacle below.

3. Explore the spectacular rock formations in the Goreme National Park (Goreme Milli Parklar).

4. See the monuments and ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus. Some of the unmissable sights you need to see are the Church of the Virgin Mary, Gymnasium of Vedius, the Stadium, the Harbor Baths, the Great Theatre of Ephesus, Serapeion, the Marble Street, the Library of Celsus, and so much more.

5. Marvel at the otherworldly beauty of the Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

6. Visit the abandoned Sumela Monastery and explore its mesmerizing frescoes.

7. Explore the beautiful structures and ruins in the Silk Road city of Ani.

8. Seek out the famous attractions and hidden gems of Istanbul. Visit the city’s most popular landmarks including its ancient mosques, the Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsisi), and more. Enjoy the local cuisine and indulge in some of its delicious sweets like baklava and Turkish delights paired with traditional Turkish coffee or tea.

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How Reading Changes Your Life For The Better

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Believe it or not, there’s something about reading that will change your life for the better.

You see, reading is not just a hobby for certain groups of people like introverts. You also see, reading is not just a passion for certain groups of people like writers.

Reading is:

All About Learning

Learning comes in many forms, one of which is reading. By doing this, you will not only get to see things in different perspectives, but also get to experience things in new ways. By doing this, you will not only get to see the world as is, but also get to experience the world beyond it. How? Simply put, reading will take you to places you’ve never seen before. From here, your creative juices will flow – making you experience things you’ve never experienced before, in a different perspective and in a new way.

All About Feeling

Feels, as they say. This will also be the very first thing you’ll say after reading a good book. In fact, you will even go bound to you book – acknowledging the fact that you did read a good book. Be it a book about friendship and love or a book about family and hope, reading a book is all about feeling things you never thought were possible for you. Be it a book about aliens and science or a book about Jesus and religion, reading a book is also all about feeling things you never thought were possible for others.

Indeed, there’s something about reading that will change your life for the better.

It will change the way you learn about things.

It will also change the way you feel about things.

How about you?

Do you like reading? How did it change your life for the better?

Share your thoughts with us below!