Am I Your Type: Literary Holidays #TheTicket

Three cheers, because The Emirates Airline Festival Of Literature is officially upon us! 

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Brandy Scott from the Business Breakfast was at the International Publishers’ Conference this morning which sounded interesting and I have a feeling we won’t go too far without bumping into many international and UAE-based writers while down at the festival on Thursday. 

So on today’s Am I Your Type we’ll be looking at holidays to famous places in literary history. 

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Hans Christian Anderson fans
Odense, Denmark
We spent our honeymoon on the Danish island of Funen where fairy-tale author extraordinaire Hans Christian Anderson was born and wandering around his home town and the countryside was fascinating. I felt a real connection to the much-loved stories we all grew up with such as The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina and The Snowman. 

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo 
Stockholm, Sweden
Any excuse to go back – we love Scandinavia on The Ticket! And this tour is all to do with Stig Larson’s Millennium trilogy. 80 million people and counting have read the trilogy, starting with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. 

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This tour is on the trendy island of Sodermalm which is in central Stockholm. The highlight is you get to follow in the footsteps of novel protagonists Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander. It begins at Blomkvist’s home and then you visit his local café, Salander’s tattoo parlour, and Millennium magazine’s offices.

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The two-hour guided tours in English cost the princely sum of AED 40 and take place every Saturday and Thursday between July and September. And they said Scandinavia was expensive! 

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The Magical realism of author Gabriel García Márquez
Columbia
Remember how we were talking about hot places to go in 2017 that perhaps you wouldn’t have thought about 15 years ago? One country on the list was Columbia! This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of One Hundred Years of Solitude. So to celebrate, tour company Amakuna is putting on a 10-night literary pilgrimage to García Márquez’s homeland to visit the spots most associated with his life and works. These include Bogota (a city tour and visit to his former school and university) and the gorgeous Tayrona National Park. It’s said that the National Park’s indigenous tribes inspired the author’s unforgettable “magical realism” style of writing. This tour is not cheap though. We did the sums, and a 10-day tour starts from AED 14,500 – but this includes five-star accommodation, meals, private transfers and domestic flights. International flights not included. Amakuna (www.amakuna.com).

Have you made a pilgrimage to any of your favourite author’s old stomping grounds? Join in on The Ticket fun every weekday from 1-4 pm.


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