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This website will provide plenty of excellent reading matched with travel itineraries. Have you ever dreamed of visiting Jane Austen's Pemberly, or Ken Follet's cathedral towers from Pillars of the Earth? This is a great place to start planning your next adventure!

If you have a favorite book that you think would make a great travel itinerary, email me or leave a comment. saramcbride@noveltravelist.com


The Vesuvius Isotope by Kristen Elise, Ph.D.

Follow the quest of biologist Katrina Stone to solve her Nobel laureate husband's murder. Why did Jeff, in the last weeks of his life, become obsessed with a two-thousand-year-old document, unearthed from the ash beneath Mount Vesuvius? 

Itinerary: San Diego, Italy, Egypt, with a day trip to Paris

Itinerary blogpost coming soon.


American Caliphate by William Doonan

Archeologists Jila Wells and Ben Jaurez are not thrilled at the prospect of returning to Peru; the ambush that nearly cost Jila her life still haunts her. But the ruined pyramids of Santiago de Paz hide an important document that would shock the Islamic world.

Itinerary: California, Peru

Itinerary blogpost coming soon.




The Master of Bruges by Terence Morgan

Follow the life and paintings of Hans Memling. Did he indeed have an affair with the princess of Bruges as his paintings suggest? Was Richard III actually a good guy and slandered in the history books in order to prevent a war?

Itinerary: Belgium - Brussels & Bruges, UK - London

Itinerary blogpost coming soon.



The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte

Follow the quest of an antique book dealer as he seeks out the only surviving copies of Lucifer's Nine Doors. And how does Alexander Dumas play a role?

Itinerary: Spain, Portugal & Paris

Itinerary blogpost coming soon.

Paris To The Past by Ina Caro

Travel through the history of Paris by train! This book is a collection of day trips that will put all the palaces, royalty, and beheadings into context.

Itinerary: Paris with endless day trips by train.

Itinerary blogpost coming soon.

Under The Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

How to eat like a Tuscan! This is the true story of a woman who begins a new life in an old villa. Both the villa and the woman need each other to discover the elegance and deliciousness life holds.

Itinerary: Italy - Siena, Cortona, Rome, Positano

Itinerary blogpost coming soon.


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Follow the travels of Jane Austen's most beloved character, Elizabeth Bennett, as the walls of her own pride are broken down by the failing walls of Mr. Darcy's prejudice.

Itinerary: UK - Large homes, magnificient gardens and the hill country

Itinerary blogpost coming soon.


The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Have you ever wondered how the great cathedrals of the medieval ages were built? Then read this book. The mini-series is fun for the relationships and politics of the era, but the heart of the book is the construction of the cathedral. Follett's research is meticulous.

Itinerary: UK - Salisbury, Canterbury, France - Paris

Itinerary blogpost coming soon.


The Marseille Caper by Peter Mayle

Sleuth extraordinaire Sam Levitt is back for another investigative caper filled with food, wine, danger and adventure, all in the South of France.

Itinerary: France

Itinerary blogpost coming soon.




A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Gay Paris in the 1920s. Included are irreverent portraits of literary luminaries, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford, Gertrude Stein and insightful recollections of Hemingway's own early experiments with writing. He gives addresses of cafes, bars, hotels and apartments still in existence today.

Itinerary: Paris

Itinerary blogpost coming soon.







2 comments:

  1. How about the Paris of Hemingway's A Moveable Feast.
    While he is not particularly well known and a genre author rather than literary I always think Christopher Fowler in his Bryant and May novels paints a cool picture of contemporary London with History oozing out of every pore.
    Love the idea of the blog by the way.

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    1. Hi Arabella,

      A Moveable Feast is a great idea. I'm adding to the list now.

      The Bryant and May series sounds great. Thanks for introducing me to a fun author I haven't read yet. Wikipedia writes, "Fowler weaves many factual layers of London's history and society throughout the series." Sounds perfect for this site!

      I want to do a series of itineraries for major cities, so Fowler's books will be great for London. I was thinking Ian Rankin for Edinburgh as I've been to many of Detective Rebus's favorite drinking spots. Do you have any good ideas for other major cities?

      Would you like to write an itinerary post for a Fowler book? Send me an email: saramcbride@noveltravelist.com and I'll send you an example of how to turn a book into a vacation itinerary.

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