Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, UK

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, UK

One of England’s most popular great houses, Chatsworth House is the traditional home of the Dukes of Devonshire. Although the duchy passes down the male line, the house was originally purchased by Sir William Cavendish in 1549, in accordance with the wishes of his wife, Bess of Hardwick, who was at one time second only to Queen Elizabeth I amongst the country’s most powerful women. She continued with renovations to the manor after her husband’s death, and some of her improvements, including the Hunting Tower, completed in the 1580s, remain.

Fontainebleau, France

The forests of Fontainebleau, a French commune south-east of Paris, have long drawn the eye of artists and poets, including Gustav Flaubert who set parts of his 1869 novel, Sentimental Education, in the area. It remains a popular weekend destination for harried Parisians wishing to escape their busy city schedules. Little remains, however, of the château where New Zealand-born author, Katherine Mansfield, spent the final months of her life.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Opened in 1919 as the Teatro Grand Splendid, the El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookshop in Buenos Aires has maintained more than its original name. With publications like The Guardian and National Geographic naming it among the world’s most beautiful book shops, the Grand Splendid is a particularly fitting title for a store that still contains frescoed ceilings, plush red curtains, a stage and theatre boxes, and more than 100,000 books.

Troy, Turkey

For a long time, the epic tales of adventure detailed in Homer’s Iliad were thought to be only the work of an incredible imagination. An ancient city. A 10-year siege. Subterfuge. A giant wooden horse. Destruction. No one knew the location of the ancient city of Troy, but surely such a place would never be forgotten.

Bar La Ópera, Mexico City, Mexico

Located in the Centro Histórico of Mexico City, La Ópera Bar is one of the oldest cantinas in the city. First established in 1876 as a tea and chocolate shop, the business moved to its current location in 1895, and commenced selling alcohol. This proved to be a good move, as the establishment’s popularity grew quickly and it was soon the favourite watering hole of Mexico’s politicians and other national heroes.

George Eliot’s Grave, Highgate Cemetery, London, UK

George Eliot's Grave, Highgate Cemetery, London

One of the UK’s most respected Victorian writers, Mary Ann Evans – who wrote under the pen name George Eliot – lived an unconventional life, and this carried through beyond her death. Interred in a part of the cemetery set aside for religious dissenters, agnostics and atheists, Mary Ann Evans’ grave is marked with the name of her husband (Cross), but she is buried beside the man with whom she lived in a common law marriage for more than 20 years, George Henry Lewes. Her husband, John Cross – whom she married following Lewes’ death in 1878, is buried in the West Highgate Cemetery.

Rowan Oak, Oxford, MS, USA

Rowan Oak, Oxford MS

The driveway to Rowan Oak, home of Nobel laureate, William Faulkner, is fringed with tall red cedar trees on either side of the driveway, and countless native Mississippi plants grow in the gardens and woods nearby. A rowan oak is not amongst them, however, as the tree does not exist and the house’s name is derived instead from the rowan tree, which, from Greek mythology, is a symbol of courage, strength, and protection. Prior to the author and his wife, Estelle, purchasing the property in 1930, it was known as “the Bailey place” and the 29 acres of surrounding wooded property remain known as the Bailey Woods.

The Tangerinn, Tangier, Morocco

El-Muniria Hotel and The Tangerinn, Tangier, Morocco

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Gertrude and Alice bookstore, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Gertrude and Alice Book Shop, Sydney NSW, Australia

Named for the famed Paris-based expat authors, Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas, the Gertrude & Alice bookshop in Sydney’s Bondi suburb provides a literary twist to the predominantly surf- and beach-focused shopping area. Combining a love of food and a love of the written word, Gertrude & Alice is home to literary tens of thousands of new and used books, covering walls, floors and tables, and somewhere in between there’s a café serving breakfast and lunch, and all kinds of tea and coffee. Keep an eye out for the G&A chai tea, their signature drink.

Mary Poppins statue, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia

Mary Poppins statue, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia

Standing 5’ tall and weighing only 100kg, this unassuming bronze statue of Mary Poppins, the world’s most famous nanny, keeps an eye on the comings and goings in Kent Street and Richmond Lane, in Maryborough (Queensland, Australia). With her umbrella pointed skyward, she looks ready to take off at any moment, but with tourists constantly popping by to take photographs with her, she has been stuck in once place since being commissioned in 2005.