Words By Karen Pasquali Jones
Literary lovers should bookmark the new novel way to travel. It’s not enough anymore to simply pack a book or two to while away the hours relaxing on a vacation – now you can travel with the author of your favourite best-seller while exploring the world.
Loved Sex & The City? Well why not join Candace Bushnell in the City of Lights on a literary adventure through France that takes in Paris before sailing along the Seine to Honfleur, the inspiration for legendary artists Van Gogh and Monet, through Rouen where Joan of Arc was martyred, all the way to Normandy’s Landing Beaches, stormed by Allied forces during WWII to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation.
Or were you enthralled by Gillian Flynn’s crime novel, Gone Girl? Known for her twisting, dark plots, book lovers can join the Killer Queen exploring the sights between Budapest and Vienna, discovering the Old World in new ways.
Browse the art collection of the Habsburg Empire, attend a Medieval Knights Tournament at a Visegrád castle and see Gustav Klimt’s renowned “The Kiss” painting in Vienna. Drink beer and sample cheese made by Trappist monks before exploring their Abbey gardens, take a hike to Count Dracula’s prison tower, or tour one of WWII’s most notorious concentration camps, Mauthausen.