Bookish Places Around The World

10616675_10104040374424111_2406807418884292711_nDuring the past several years, my husband and I have visited many countries in search of adventure. I wanted to share with you some of our travels, and since we all love books and literature, I wanted to inspire you to visit these places in search of something you love. I hope you enjoy these bookish places. 🙂

Reykjavik, Iceland

The quaint and icy town of Reykjavik, Iceland is a book lover’s winter wonderland. The population of Reykjavik is 123,246, and what is most interesting is the fact that the literacy rate of this city is 99%! More books are read in Iceland than anywhere else in the world! I visited Reykjavik a couple of years ago, and something that stood out to me among the beautiful land of ice and fire was the large amount of book shops and cafes. One of the most memorable places was a cafe called the Laundromat Cafe which is located in the city center. I ate a delicious breakfast here seated among rows of books! I felt cozy and at home with books surrounding me. One of my favorite things to do was walk through the streets and visit an array of book shops, sip on coffee and watch the snow fall.

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Edinburgh, Scotland

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If you love Harry Potter as much as I do, then you will love this city. It is the birth place of the story that has touched so many people. You can dine at the The Elephant House like I did and sit where J.K Rowling herself sat when she wrote the second and third Harry Potter novels. After brunch, we walked to the cemetery (Greyfriar’s Kirkyard) and found Tom Riddle’s place of rest. (It isn’t the real Tom Riddle, but it was pretty cool to explore the area). There city is home to many little book shops, and other literary activities such as walking tours and literary festivals.

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Dublin, Ireland

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Trinity College Library contains 6.2 million books and is the home of the Book of Kells, an ancient manuscript of the four Gospels of the New Testament. It also contains many old prints of classic stories, not to mention a lot of famous authors including Oscar Wilde attended school here. If you love books and libraries, you must visit the Trinity College Library.

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I feel very fortunate to have visited these beautiful places, and many others. I hope I have inspired you to see the world and find other bookish people like you!

I didn’t really go into all of the other beautiful parts of these cities such as the historical monuments and culture, because I wanted to make this post about books and literature, however I encourage you to seek out these places too during your journeys.

3 thoughts on “Bookish Places Around The World

  1. I hadn’t realised that the Harry Potter has so much influence in Edinburgh. I live not too far away in Newcastle so I must check it out. Thanks for this post, it reminded me to add reading again to my list of resolutions.

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    • Edinburgh was amazing as is all of Scotland. You are so lucky to live in such a beautiful country. There is a lot of history! That was my favorite thing about it! And the Curry haha! 🙂 I am happy to hear that this post made you want to read again!

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      • Haha there’s something about the curry! Yeah I’ve been doing a lot of audiobooks, but reading an actual book seems to give me that escapism I’ve been mussing

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