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6 photogenic places that combat your writer’s block

6 photogenic places that combat your writer’s block

Some people travel for love, while others, for the sake of music.Then, there are others who do it to inspire their writing (like yours truly!). As writers of all kinds out there would experience at some point in their lives, there will be phases in which one cannot just seem to put thoughts into words. It is during this stagnancy that inspiration must be sought. And what better way to consciously do so than to set our sights on new views to inspire new ideas and contexts? The following six locations below are some of the world’s best-looking places to reset your creative flow. You’re welcome!

#1. Bar Luce in Milan, Italy

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Designed by Wes Anderson, Bar Luce is a dream decked in pastel, tucked within the refined belly of Fondazione Prada on Largo Isarco street. A glance at its millennial pink interior calls to mind the whimsicality of The Grand Budapest Hotel. But while it does look like a perfectly coiffed movie set, this Milanese cafe is, in Anderson’s own words, “an even better place to write a movie”. So those of you aiming for a winning script or screenplay can definitely soak up some inspiration here.

#2. Parc des Buttes Chaumont in Paris, Fran

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Considered to be one of Paris’s landmarks, Buttes Chaumont is a vision in green, especially in summertime. Its breathtaking slopes hide from mainstream view a lake, some waterfalls, grottoes, a Sibylle temple sitting on a small island, and even parts of the now defunct Petit Ceinture railway. Once a home to gypsies, the land was transformed into the majestic park that it is today by Baron Haussmann in 1867. Mirror some of the transformation magic through your own writing, which you can do on the riverbank as you bask in the beauty of the landscape.

#3. Book and Bed Hostel in Tokyo, Japan

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All great writers are passionate readers, and now there’s a place to honour such calling. A Tokyo hostel called Book and Bed allows guests to enjoy over 1700 books, both in English and Japanese, during their stay. Dubbing itself an “accommodation bookshop”, the hostel provides one the familiar experience of nodding off midway through an enticing book. Book and Bed is also a stone’s throw away from the Ikebukuro railway station, so you are never disconnected from Tokyo city!

#4. Nabokov Museum in St Petersburg, Russia

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Proving that it’s all in the name, this museum house is not only the birthplace of Vladimir Nobokov but also the subject of many his books. Located on Bolshaya Morskaya street, it is one of the many literary museums peppering St Petersburg. Not coincidentally, St Petersburg itself is also home to other literary champions, from Turgenev to Dostoevsky.

#5. La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, Cuba

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La Bodeguita is Havana’s most celebrated, solely for the fact that it was Ernest Hemingway’s favourite option for his past rum-fueled nights in town. The late novelist wasn’t the only seeking soul to have found solace in La Bodeguita; chief among past visitors were Fidel Castro and Nat King Cole. While we can’t say that the beatnik bohemia here is as it was back in the old days, you can still seek solace in your imagined memories of Hemingway’s off days.

#6. Mokolodi Nature Reserve in Botswana, Africa

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If your writing revolves around nature and animals, then consider the Mokolodi Nature Reserve, sitting 15km south of the capital city of Gaborone. One of Botswana’s greatest wildlife treasures, the 3700- hectare reserve is a non-profit effort introduced in 1994. Let the reserve’s lush wealth of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds take your narratives up a notch.

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