Tours that follow an author can be inviting. Literature tours in England follow Austen and Bronte; New England in the United States attracts followers of Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. A friend gave me an article from the Wall Street Journal – Going By the Children’s Book – with Liam Callahan’s suggestions for touring Paris through children’s book authors. Although I have often dreamed of following Julia Child through France, his itinerary also has appeal:
- Bemelmans’ Madeleine captures Paris from Sacre Coeur to the Jardin des Tuileries;
- Albert Lamorisse’s The Red Balloon (a film before it became a book) floats through Montmartre;
- Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret looks back at the famous train station and local streets.
Callahan provides a map with tangential adventures, the possibility of buying a book store, and additional books to inspire your literary trip:
- Adele and Simon by Barbara McClintock
- Paris in the Spring with Picasso by Yolleck and Prideman
My favorite is Rupert Kingfisher’s Madame Pamplemousse and Her Incredible Edibles – “selling all kinds of rare and exotic delicacies” – a culinary adventure – but Julia Child would wonder over the cobra brains in black butter.