I find one of the biggest challenges when I am traveling, is to organize all the different things I want to do around the places I happen to be in. Thankfully, it’s easier than it used to be. Once upon a time, you had to have everything marked on a paper map, or use sticky notes in guide books. But now, with the help of modern gadgetry – Google Maps and iPhones and such – things are a little easier.
I’m hoping to do my bit to help you out in this endeavour as well, using what I fondly call the ‘Packabook Map-Based Literary Travel Pinterest Boards’. Snappy title don’t you think?
When I blog about books with a strong association to a particular location, I will create a Pinterest pin which is pinned to that location on a map. I’ll also be adding excellent book shops, great cafés especially suited for sitting down with your favourite novel and anything else I can find that might appeal to the educated literary traveler.
This is a screen shot of the first one…I introduce you to Literary Berlin!
All you need to do is look at the pins on the map, and if you click on one, it will highlight the corresponding image and text on the left hand side. If you click on that image it links through to the original blog post, or original article relating to that image or place. So you should then have all the information you need to decide if that is a place you’d like to visit or not.
So – let’s say you were planning to go to Berlin’s famous shopping street Kurfürstendamm. You could zoom into that part of the map (image below) and you would see three pins. One of those is for an article about the street, with some suggestions for books that talk about it, the second pin is about the novel Berlin Blues which has some great passages in which Ku’damm features, and the third is for a nearby café garden in the grounds of a Literary House – all the info you need for a pleasant afternoon in West Berlin.
It’s still a work in progress and I will be adding to it all the time, but if you follow the board now, you will be able to check back anytime you are preparing for a trip to the German capital and you’ll know exactly what you can do when you are in any given area of the city. Of course, I highly suggest you read the novels on your trip as well, to make it all the more fun.
If you follow all of the Packabook boards on Pinterest, you will see that while I have boards for lots of other places, most are not yet map-based. But I’m working my way through them and soon you should have a whole lot of cities (and countries) to choose from.
Packabook Map-Based Literary Travel Pinterest Boards – your ultimate travel accessory – don’t leave home without them!
Meanwhile – I’ll try and think of something a little sexier to call them….