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    As the old saying goes: "April showers bring May flowers" – and what better way to spend a rainy afternoon than curled up with a classic book? Use your favorite books to inspire your favorite vacations and visit sites from beloved stories. We’ve compiled some ideas to get your reading and travel lists started; add to the list on Facebook and let us know what your dream literary travel destination is! (We promise there are no story spoilers below!)

    London, England

    Authors from Virginia Woolf to Charles Dickens have stories rooted in this vibrant city. London itself evokes thoughts of old-world England, cobblestone streets, and a city full of charm. But perhaps one of the most famous stories from London is that of Sherlock Holmes and the intellectual Dr. Watson. Visit their famous detective agency at 221B Baker Street in London, which hosts a museum for fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detectives. In fact, VisitLondon.com lists several itineraries for Sherlock Holmes fans that include a visit to The Sherlock Holmes Pub and a murder mystery at Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes.

    Vimmerby, Sweden

    Sweden is home to one of the most adored red headed, freckle faced little girls in literature – Pippi Longstocking (Långstrump in Swedish). Pippi is known for her confident and tomboyish attitude, her pet horse, her best friend (who just so happens to be a monkey), wild adventures and a vivid imagination. The story of Pippi was written by Astrid Lindgren in 1945 and today you can visit Pippi at Astrid Lindgren’s World in Vimmerby, Sweden.

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Eleven years after author John Kennedy Toole’s death, “A Confederacy of Dunces” was published through the efforts of fellow writer Walker Percy and Toole’s mother. His novel earned Toole a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Fiction [1]. Any part of The French Quarter in New Orleans can easily be the backdrop to the colorful antics of the main character Ignatius J. Reilly. New Orleans celebrates the Pulitzer-winning novel that calls its city home with a life-sized statue of Ignatius that can be found in front of the former D.H. Holmes Department Store.

    Edinburgh, Scotland

    Looking for literary inspiration? Look no further than The Writers’ Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland. The museum celebrates the lives of three famous Scottish writers: Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson. See the printing press on which Sir Walter Scott’s Waverly Novels were first produced as well as several first edition novels and manuscripts. Whether you are a bookworm or not The Writers’ Museum has an awe inspiring collection worth exploring.

    La Mancha, Spain

    Follow in the valiant footsteps of Don Quixote as he travels through La Mancha, Spain defending the helpless and destroying evil. Written by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra in the 17th century, Saavedra never identifies more than a few of the towns that Don Quixote’s adventures take him to, leaving readers to explore the whole of La Mancha, Spain for themselves.

    Prince Edward Island, Canada

    Author Lucy Maud Montgomery was inspired by her family’s home when writing the classic story “Anne of Green Gables”. You can visit the inspirational home today which has been converted to a Museum open to the public. The Anne of Green Gables Museum is run by descendents of Lucy Maud Montgomery and perfectly captures the wonder that inspired L.M. Montgomery so many years ago.

    [1]: http://www.goodreads.com

    Luxurious Airports - The New Trend

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    Airports typically bring to mind thoughts of uncomfortable chairs, fluorescent lights, and crowded spaces. Slowly but surely, however, the trend seems to be going towards more luxurious offerings at airports around the world. Check out these airports that won’t leave you cringing at the thought of an extended layover.

    Doha International Airport
    Fly first class on Qatar Airways and you’ll have access to their Premium Terminal. This terminal offers delicious restaurants (where everything on the menu is complimentary), video game rooms, children’s playrooms, and a spa. There are also bedrooms where you can get a few hours of peaceful shut eye before your flight. Sounds more like a vacation than just a pit stop, doesn’t it?

    London Heathrow Airport
    World renowned chefs are taking over the concourse in many airports which is good news because it makes turning down those airplane meals even easier. Dine on celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s delicious cuisine at his Plane Food restaurant in Terminal 5 of London Heathrow. Picnic meals are even offered that you can take to go and eat onboard.

    Incheon International Airport
    Located in Seoul this airport has opened ‘Korean Cultural Street’ where visitors can experience traditional Korean culture. Traditional cultural events like Korean classical chamber music are scheduled regularly. The Cultural Museum of Korea, located in the transfer lounge, showcases a collection of relics spanning a 5,000-year timeline. Visitors can view the tradition and history of South Korea without even leaving the airport.

    San Francisco International Airport
    Feeling a little cramped from your flight? Head over to the yoga room in Terminal 2. There is no charge to use the facility and yoga mats are available on loan. Also at San Francisco International is the Berman Reflection Room, a quiet place for self-reflection and meditation (just don’t fall asleep and miss your flight).

    Hong Kong International Airport
    Take in a round of golf in between flights at Hong Kong International Airport. This airport offers a nine-hole golf course right near Terminal 2. The SkyCity Nine Eagles Golf Course is created to United States Golf Association Standards and has a signature hole that is situated on an artificial island surrounded by greenery.

    Where in the World?

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    Where in the world can you find this quaint white house and what is its importance?

    This house can be found in Oak Park, Illinois and is the birthplace of author Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway lived in this Queen Anne home until the age of six.

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