When you travel, do you bring one book with you? Or a pile of them?
And, is that pile still a load of paper to lug around? Or do you use an e-book reader like a Kindle or your iPad to help carry the load? (Because, even if you prefer paper, it can get heavy when you’re traveling!)Deb, Booking Through Thursday
When I am travelling, I usually don’t bring any print books with me, let alone a stack of them! However, I will make sure my Kindle is up to date with a whole list of books, including some perennial favorites, which I will also have downloaded to my tablet and phone Kindle apps.
Before I set out – basically when I start my preperation of my trip, I will ask around and look for books that have something to do with the history and geography of the places I will visit.
Even before my prep, I will let myself be inspired by books which in turn inspire me to visit cities and countries.
For my trip to Vienna in the Summer of 2012, I was inspired by a wonderfully quirky book: Seldon Edward’s The Little Book. However, on the way over on the train, I started reading Edmund de Waal’s gripping The Hare with the Amber Eyes, after my mother had recommended the book. When I visited Berlin the next Summer, I was inspired by Anna Funder’s Stasiland: Stories From Behind the Berlin.
Spring of 2014, I visited Paris1 and I continued reading Claude Izner’s Victor Legris Series, this time focusing on The Montmartre Investigation, as I was staying in an appartment in Montmartre. That next year, September 2014, I went back to Vienna, and I mostly reread Seldon Edward’s The Little Book.
This Summer, I went back to Berlin. This time inspired by the tales from Dutch and Flemmish authors who had also visited this grand city in the past 150 years: Iedereen is op weg naar de Brandenburger Tor (Dutch only).
My travels, I guess, are inspired by books!
Reading up on Vienna
My chosen reading for preparing my trip to Vienna.
What is it about the fin de siècle that attracts me?
- Notice a theme yet? I love traveling to the capital cities here in Europe! ↩