Literary Travel - 10 Cities for the Bookish Types

Whenever I travel, I love to simply walk the streets and get to know a city from its cafes and bookshops.  I don’t pass a single independent bookstore without going in to peruse its shelves. Whether in New York, London, Rome or Denver, each has such a unique personality. Visiting these shops and talking with their owners always gives me a great perspective on what's important to that community - old volumes and classics, regional food, history, political sway or modern literature.  It also makes me feel connected despite being surrounded by strangers - wherever I am, there are bookish types that love to provide recommendations and discuss the newest items on the shelves.

National Geographic has compiled their list of “Top Ten Literary Cities”.  I’ve visited a few, and now have great incentive to hit up the rest. 

What literary travel experiences have you had?  Any cities to add to the list?  We’d love to hear from you - please share your thoughts!

   Mural of Neruda graces the Bellavista neighborhood in Santiago, Chile.                                               Photograph by Tomas Munita, The New York Times/Redux

 Mural of Neruda graces the Bellavista neighborhood in Santiago, Chile.                                               Photograph by Tomas Munita, The New York Times/Redux