Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Photo Essay of My "Literary" Trip

While on this recent epic trip, I wanted to see all sorts of things having to do with my literary fetish. I sort of succeeded. Here are the pictures:

Meeting Don Quixote and Sancho Panza
where they were created in Alcala near Madrid

Victor Hugo slept here!
San Juan, near San Sebastian Spain

Here's the front of Victor Hugo's retreat, I think.

This gargoyle was Quasimodo's constant friend!

A view of Notre Dame's bell towers, something Quasimodo knew well!

The English bookstore in the middle of Paris
where many famous authors hung out.

The glass pyramid at the Louvre,
which was featured prominently in The Da Vinci Code.
(I think I posted this one already, but it's worth a repeat, right?)

I'm convinced this was the clock in the train station
(now the Musee d'Orsay)
from The Adventures of Hugo Cabret!

Place de la Concord!
This is where the guillotine stood that chopped off
so many heads, including Sydney Carton
from A Tale of Two Cities.

The sewers of Paris where none other than
Jean Valjean carried an unconscious Marius
only to meet Javert at the end!

Sunset in Paris, something that I'm sure many
literary characters have experienced!

Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross Station!

Westminster Abbey where Charles Dickens,
Geoffrey Chaucer
and many others, are buried.

This is Sir Issac Newton, in the flesh!
He wrote something, right?

The Tower of London, where so many many things took place,
but most famously where Anne Boleyn lost her head!

In front of the British Library where many original documents
are housed, including many things by Jane Austen.

This ice cream store's name reminded me of Harry Potter
and all the snogging that happened there!

Our very own Secret Garden!


  1. So cool. I've always thought that if I travel, I'd want to visit places like this, or places my favorite artists had found inspiring (like Monet's garden). To see them in the flesh. Did you really go inside the sewer?

    1. Jeane: YES! We really went in the sewer! There's a tour! It was stinky....

  2. What a great experience for you. thanks for sharing.

  3. Newton wrote Calculus!!! And the Snog ice cream reminds me of Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging! Such a funny movie! This looks like so much fun! I am utterly jealous!

  4. Love the pictures! It looks like you guys had great fun! And, I love living these literary experience vicariously through you! :)

  5. Awesome! I'm so jealous! Newton was the apple guy. I'm sure he wrote many thing, but nothing I would read.

    1. Kami: This dude was eating an apple the whole time he did his little shtick.

  6. I love your pictures! That's so nice that you could go all over Europe with your family. That clock definitely made me think of Hugo, even before I'd even read your caption. :)

    1. Kathy: It was a pretty cool clock!

  7. The British library! I used to study there all the time when I was getting my Masters.

    1. Holly: That is so awesome! I wish we had explored more than just the treasures room.

  8. I love all those, but the picture of the Lourve is spectacular.

  9. Oh my goodness! You foudn so many fantastic literary spots! Shakespeare and Co is one of my favorite bookstores and I loved visiting the British museum!

  10. OMG!! I love these!!!!! Definitely had to giggle at the snogging one!

  11. I love that you got to experience this (and me through your pictures). I want to go to Europe so bad!
    Angela's Anxious Life

  12. Fantastic photos! It looks like a ton of fun. I had a great time at the Tower of London, which may be because I'm fairly morbid.... But either way, it was educational and exciting!



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