6 Literary Places You Must See in Your Lifetime

Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 by LibraryAdministration

1.  Snæfellsjökull, Iceland

This 700,000-year-old volcano was made famous by the popular Jules Verne novel, A Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Photo of Snæfellsjökull

(Photo courtesy of Landvarðablog

 

2.  Tintern Abbey

Tintern, Gwent NP16 6SQ United Kingdom

Tintern Abbey has inspired many famous works, most notably William Wordsworth's poem "Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey," Lord Alfred Tennyson's poem "Tears, Idle Tears," and Allen Ginsberg's poem "Wales Visitation."  

photo of tintern abbey

(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

 

3.  Shakespeare & Company

37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France

Ernest Hemingway mentioned this famous bookstore in Paris in his book, A Moveable Feast. You can still visit it today!

photo taken outside of shakespeare and co

(Photo courtesy of dianneque.com

 

4.  Coole Park Gardens, Ireland

Gort, County Galway, Ireland

The Coole Park and Gardens was the Inspiration for William Butler Yeats' poem, “The Wild Swans at Coole."

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5.  608 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA USA

And for those of you that would rather not hop on a plane to visit a literary destination, our last two destinations are for you.  

Robert Louis Stevenson, author of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Treasure Island, rented a room here in 1878.

Google maps image of 608 bush street

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6.  Carlmont Village Shopping Center

1049 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Belmont, CA 94002

Jack London, author of The Call of the Wild, stayed here in the 1800’s when it was St. Joseph’s Military Academy and Immaculate Heart of Mary. There is a plaque stating that he worked in the laundry that was located here.