What hobby compares to reading? Travelling! And I love to combine the two, so every time I travel I hunt down the local English bookstore to buy my favorite type of souvenirs: books set in the country/city I’m visiting.

One of the best things about living in Brussels is how close you are to so many different places. It’s very central and has fast and cheap rail and air connections, so Andre and I sometimes go on short breaks. Whenever I need to travel for work I also try to squeeze in a visit to a bookshop.

Do you also do this?

This is the loot I brought from some of our most recent destinations.

Scotland (June 2009)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser
Scottish Queens by Rosalind K. Marshall
Pocket Scottish History
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
Selected Poems by Robert Burns

Granada (July 2009)

Un dia de cólera by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
La Catedral de Mar by Ildefonso Falcones
El Perfume de bergamota by Gastón Morata
Tales of the Alhambra by Irving Washington


Copenhagen (December 2009)

Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard

London (January 2010)
Literary London by Ed Glinert
The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman

Venice (March 2010)
Wings of the Dove by Henry James
The Book of Holy Mischief by Elle Newmark
Corto Maltese: The Fable of Venice by Hugo Pratt
The Remedy by Michelle Lovric


Russia (August 2010)
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

China (August 2010)
Little Red Book by Mao

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