Places that, apart from not being recognised historically, are very popular with tourists because they have appeared on the big screen or have been described with every detail in a book.
Places full of magic and music like Salzkammergut, in Austria, where Julia Andrews and the Van Trapp family sing happy and sweet songs while they walk and dance through the meadows and fields of Fuschl Am See in The Sound of Music.
Pseudohistorical places thanks to the cinema like the fields of private use of Ballymore Eustace, in Kildare, Ireland, at about 40 kilometres from Dublin, where Mel Gibson took the liberty of shooting a great deal of the life of the Scottish heroe William Wallace, instead of doing it in the real historical place, in Stirling and Falkirk.
Artistical places like the church of San Francisco, in Arezzo, in Toscana, where Juliette Binoche contemplates some Renaissance paintings in The English Patient.
Film landscapes like the Park of Ngorongoro (Tanzania) in Out of Africa, the Iguazu falls (Argentina) in The Mission or the island of Phi Phi in Thailand after the shooting of The Beach, are idealistic places for backpackers and people who still believe in paradise.
Places that we have all imagined after they have appeared in the literature and that come true, after reading The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, one can walk through a new Barcelona that you have obtained the texture of the novel; it is even possible to get a tour guide specialised in the scenes of the book and rediscover the city with a new perspective.
But the city that sticks out the most for being literary is Paris. So much so that the town-hall has created its own literary map.
Renting a car at the airport of Paris will allow us to get to know all these emblematic places of universal literature. Victor Hugo, Stendhal, Simone de Beauvoir, Guy de Maupassant and Edgar Allan Poe, among others, were some of the writers that were inspired by Paris and its charms making it the scenery of their work. The readers travel to the City of Light through their pages and now they can see these favourites places that they imagined about while reading their favourite books.
This way, thanks to the town-hall´s innovative idea, you can get to know this beautiful european city following literary paths, as an alternative.