For his latest birthday this past summer, J wanted the new book by Dan Brown, the author of the mega best-seller ‘The DaVinci Code.’ This latest entry in the Robert Langdon series is called ‘Inferno‘ and it takes its clues from Dante’s Inferno.
J really liked Inferno and he gave it to me when we were together at Christmas. I was hesitant to read it because I’ve been disappointed by the endings of Brown’s books. But J said, “This one takes place in cities that we’ve visited. And there’s even a mention of Bubba (the name of my ‘muse’ and whose photo shows up as this blog’s avatar).
So I took the book back home – Note: This is first physical book I’ve read in years. I love my Kindle – and gave it a whirl. And, boy, am I glad I did. Brown knows how to make a page-turner. But for me, the real kick came – just as J said – from reading about places we’ve seen and been in.
SPOILER ALERT: I won’t give away any of the book’s plot points, but I will have photos and text from locations in the book. If you don’t want to see where the story takes place, STOP HERE.
Florence. We visited there at the end of 2006. In fact, we spent New Year’s Eve at a great restaurant on Place della Signoria. Here are some places that we’ve seen and are in the book:
The Palazzo Vecchio is on the square Place della Signoria:
A replica of Michelangelo’s David is outside of Palazzo:
This photo is close to being from the same vantage point of the book cover shot:
Bubba. That’s what we call him. But his real name is Braccio di Bartolo, a famous court dwarf.
Ponte Vecchio: Did you know there was a secret passageway here? I didn’t till I read the book.
Next place: Venice…where we spent Christmas 2009.
And then we – and Dan – head off to Istanbul, where we spent Christmas 2012.
Honestly, it was too cool reading the passages and then remembering our own experiences in these places.
Thanks for second tour Dan. And thanks for the recommendation J. And now we really have to go back to Florence.