Literary and Nerdy Travel

Looking for literary and nerdy travel ideas?  Maybe Harry Potter adventures?  I love a famous book bar and hotel.  Shakespeare’s Theater turns on this uncorked lady. Or, how about wandering the best bookstores?  Don’t forget about international librarians shushing visitors.  Sign me up!  Consider this section book porn. Find literary travel tips to bookshops, libraries, and literary cities. Plus, read about museum suggestions and other geeky finds.

Huggable Art: Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center

Imagine a museum where you can hug the art, seesaw in a trailer, play “Mary Had A Little Lamb” with some neon cubes, and chill on a bench next to shark girl all the while learning more about art and humanity.  No matter where we travel to, I love cities with a strong museum culture, especially one where visitors can play. Even better: this museum isn’t a science center but instead all about the contemporary arts. While modern art tends to get some crap, this institution is more than fancy canvas splatters and abstract sculptures that all look like penises—which I equally love. The Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center in Ohio is filled with interactive and engaging exhibits and is worth a visit if you are looking for fun educational opportunities within the city.  Did I mention that the museum is free? Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center Park In A Nearby Garage…

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Neons Signs Are Not Just For Adult Playtime: The American Sign Museum

I live near Tampa, Florida so when I think of neon signs, I know the strip clubs are near.   And just like the Red Light District in Amsterdam, that glowing red speaks of the forbidden and sensual. Do I even need to mention Vegas?     Like a bug to the light or The Uncorked Librarian to breweries, I can never keep my curious eyes away from the windows and street corners. While these almost blinding rainbow lights have grown to represent a different side of history and culture—lets call it adult playtime—those brightly lit tubes own a prominent spot on the American history timeline. In the ultimate visual ode to antiquity, these signs demonstrate a progression of sign making, materials available, innovation, and advertising. PR relations back in the day appear pretty badass to me. Who knew that so much history existed in sign making? The American Sign Museum…

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