London for Bookish Wanderings

The George Inn

The George Inn

London has always been a fascinating place brimming with attractions for all types of travelers. From iconic landmarks to under the radar spots that make for fascinating discoveries, the city provides an excellent getaway for people of all ages and varied interests. And for bookish wanderings, visiting the multicultural city is a great chance to see some of its best literary spots. Here are some of London’s must-see for book lovers.

Charing Cross Road
This famous street located in the heart of London is dotted with many independent bookshops where you can find an extensive selection of books. From antique to hard-to-find copies, the bookstores of Charing Cross Road are a treasure trove of interesting finds.

The British Library
The British Library is not only the country’s national library. It also holds the most number of cataloged books in the world. It has a collection of more than a hundred million materials that include books, manuscripts, and so much more. Some of its top collections include the Gutenberg Bible and the items from the Sir John Ritblat Treasures of the British Library Gallery like the Magna Carta, Jane Austen’s notebook, and Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook among others.

The George Inn
The George is a galleried coaching inn built in 1676 and the only one of its kind that still stands in London today. Visiting the pub is not only a great way to enjoy a drink, the building’s architecture, and interiors. It is also like stepping back in a time when the likes of Shakespeare have graced its halls.

Platform 9 ¾
For Harry Potter things to do in London, head out to the Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station and browse the wide array of items you can find at the Harry Potter Shop. You may also want to have a photo of you posing in costume with the luggage trolley much like the young wizards did in the books and movies.

Consider These When Purchasing Books

 

purchasing books

Just like other things you buy, there are factors to consider when purchasing books.

You see, books are not just meant for reading. It’s also meant for learning. Books are not just meant for learning. It’s also meant for experiencing. Thus, it’s only right for you to know how to purchase books – and most of all – know when to purchase books.

Consider these when purchasing books:

Its Physical Condition

Purchasing books requires one to have a keen eye – that is, when it comes to a book’s physical condition. Some books might either have folded pages or ripped edges. Other books might either have dirt marks or ink stains. Books might also have faded text – or worse, missing pages. Regardless, you should only purchase books with great physical condition. And by this, it means a book that has never been opened.

Its Actual Value

Just like buying discounted items in the grocery store or buying clearance items in the department store, you need to check on a book’s actual value: if it’s 10% off or 75% off, as well as if it comes in a bundle. This way, you get to save costs – not just when it comes to individual books, but also when it comes to series books. You can also check out Barnes and Noble prices online vs in store for more tips and ideas when purchasing books, especially in bookstores.

BONUS: Its Theme

Some books might be too teensy for you, while others might be too adultsy for you. Regardless, you should check its theme – its overall theme. This is for you to not just identify whether a book is meant for you to read. This is also for you to be more responsible about what you’re reading. Simply put, you can’t read something adultsy if you’re just 14 years old. Likewise, you won’t enjoy reading something teensy if you’re already 84 years old.

15 Places That Look Like They’re Straight Out of Fairy Tales

There are many unusual and spectacular places in the world. Some of which may even look like you have just been transported to another world. If you love traveling to destinations that seem to be straight out of fairy tales, here are fifteen of the most dramatic and stunning places to add to your list.

Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar

Avenue of the Baobabs
Avenue of the Baobabs

Why visit: A dirt road lined with giant baobab trees. Walk along the path and see the towering baobabs around you.

Colmar, France
Colmar
Why visit: Colmar is a charming and picturesque town that looks like it came straight out of the pages of the Beauty and the Beast.

Dark Hedges, Ireland
Dark Hedges
Why visit: The Dark Hedges is a stretch of road lined with towering beech trees on both sides. The trees date back to the 18th century. Eerily beautiful, this popular tourist attraction comes with a story of a Grey Lady that purportedly haunts the avenue.

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Why visit: This beautiful railway viaduct sits in the midst of spectacular scenery. Taking the Jacobite Steam Train that passes through the Glenfinnan Viaduct gives you a great view of the Glenfinnan Monument, Loch Siel, and the breathtaking surroundings.

Hallstatt, Austria
Hallstatt
Why visit: A quaint town that has mesmerizing lakeside views. Explore deeper into this historic town to see more of the beautiful buildings and stunning natural scenery.

Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia
Las Lajas Sanctuary
Why visit: Las Lajas Sanctuary is an awe-inspiring basilica that sits on a canyon. The building in its entire splendor provides a stark contrast to the vibrant green and natural colors of its surroundings.

Mont Saint-Michel, France
Mont Saint-Michel
Why visit: An island commune that served as inspiration for Disney’s Kingdom of Corona for the film Tangled.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle
Why visit: A breathtakingly beautiful castle that sits on top of a hill and surrounded by spectacular scenery. Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty castle was inspired by this magical-looking place.

Peleș Castle, Romania
Peleș Castle
Why visit: A gorgeous Neo-Renaissance castle that sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. The structure along with the scenic views around makes a charming sight begging to be explored.

Petra, Jordan
Petra
Why visit: An ancient town that dates as far back as over 2,000 years. Also referred to as the Rose City, Petra’s structures and ruins are wondrous to say the least.

Quinta da Regaleira, Portugal
Quinta da Regaleira
Why visit: An impressive-looking castle with intricate gardens and stunning buildings. Its deep wells with staircases spiraling along the walls are among the castle’s top attractions.

Rakotzbrücke (Rakotz Bridge), Germany
Rakotzbrücke
Why visit: A dramatic bridge reflected on the water and creating perfect circle.

Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Russia
Saint Basil’s Cathedral
Why visit: An eye-catching building that stand out in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors. The unusual architecture creates a mesmerizing sight.

Taj Mahal, India
Taj Mahal
Why visit: A stunning marble mausoleum that served as an inspiration for Disney’s Sultan’s Palace in the film Aladdin.

Ta Prohm (Angkor Wat), Cambodia
Ta Prohm
Why visit: A place where the ruins of an ancient temple are almost eaten up by the Cambodian jungle. The place makes an unusual and compelling sight in the midst of tranquil surroundings.