Visit the locations from Dan Brown’s novels

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The Da Vinci Code was one of the most successful novels ever upon release, and Dan Brown has become one of the world’s most popular authors. Despite his work causing controversy, he is definitely someone who has done well for himself. His books are epic and fantastical, following the adventures of Robert Langdon, a professor of religious iconography at Harvard University. The novels are basically treasure hunts that take place over a 24-hour period and involve a lot of important religious symbology and overtone.

The books Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, and Inferno were wildly successful, and have been adapted into movies. Brown himself says that the books should be used as a way of exploring faith and our approach to it. There are also plenty of wonderful and exotic locations in the books, most notably in Italy. We’re going to take a look at some of the leading locations from Dan Brown’s novels below.

The Louvre – Paris

Paris’s seminal art museum The Louvre takes center stage in Brown’s most successful novel, The Da Vinci Code. In fact, so popular was the novel that the museum actually offers a Da Vinci Code tour to visitors! You can walk in the footsteps of Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu, as they embarked on one of the greatest discoveries ever. Without supporting or rejecting the controversial hypotheses of the novel, The Louvre manages to offer an immersive and fun experience for visitors. And, let’s be honest, this is a pretty darn awesome art museum even without the Da Vinci Code link!

Boboli Gardens – Florence

It’s not just The Da Vinci Code that features amazing and exotic locations though, Inferno is another popular Robert Langdon novel to do the same. And, one of the prominent locations in the novel is the Grand Boboli Gardens, a giant park behind Pitti Palace. One of the most beautiful public gardens in the world, even Langdon couldn’t help but marvel at the beauty of the place! There is also a large grotto here, specifically, Grotta del Buontalenti, one of the most famous landmarks and artworks in the park. You really have to see this to believe its beauty and intricacies, and, even the characters in the novel are in awe of it.

Grand Canal – Venice

Venice is one of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations, and for good reason. Langdon and his new partner Sienna arrive in Venice and head to the Grand Canal en route to Saint Mark’s Square. It’s clear, though, that this legendary waterway is the true star of the city, and Venice herself sits astride it. Crossed by only four bridges, the canal comes alive with activity from boats, gondolas, and fishing boats. Not wanting to miss out on something so breathtaking, Robert and Sienna hire a boat to take them along the canal on their way to the iconic square.

The books don’t quite do Italy, or Paris, justice, but they do a pretty good job of showing some of the most beautiful and unforgettable places in the world. There is no doubt that these are locations that play a big role in the history, religion, and culture of these places, and they need to be experienced as much as possible. Brown obviously has a love for these locations, and wants to show us how amazing they are – and we think he does a pretty good job of that.

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Dr. Brown’s makes it easy to move from a bottle to a sippy cup

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My third baby is following quickly on the heels of her older sisters: She’s crawling earlier, eating sooner, and wants to be part of any activity going on. That means it’s getting harder to nurse her if her siblings are anywhere nearby.

She’s 9 months old and we’ve started introducing solids — well, more accurately, she began slamming her hand on the table and screaming until I would feed her bits from my plate. Though she’s transitioning to eating solids, I know she’ll still benefit from whatever breast milk I can give her.

Not only is my milk full of the nutrition she needs, it also has antibodies to fight against the germs hitching a ride on my kindergartner each day. My breast milk will be what gets her through the cold and flu season.

But she’s so busy and distracted by her siblings that it’s getting harder to keep her attention long enough to give her a good feeding during the day. That’s where I’ve found Dr. Brown’s 2-in-1 Transition Bottle Kit and Sippy Spouts helpful. She wants to figure out how to make it work so it holds her attention. I’ve begun giving her bottles with my breast milk and letting her practice the sippy cup version with water.

During this season of transition it’s felt like an olive branch between us. I can pump and have that process only take a few minutes rather than trying to get through a frustrating nursing session. She still gets the nutrients and antibodies she needs and she can begin moving towards that independence she (and I) sort of crave at this point.

She still loves her nighttime feedings and I still enjoy that bond and holding her close without her sisters crashing the party. My baby is just growing up. She needs me, but she needs to develop hand/eye coordination and become the busy toddler she’s turning into.

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Each Dr. Brown’s 2-in-1 Transition Bottle Kit includes all of the items you see in the photo to the left below: bottle, cleaning brush, nipple ring, internal vent system, bottle nipple, sippy cup nipple, and a lid. I love that it’s all included so we’re ready to give her what she needs when she needs it.

Both the bottle and the sippy are easy for my daughter to grasp, even though she is just beginning to learn. I can tell she’s just as proud of using her new sippy cup as she is of crawling across the living room. Sometimes she’s dragging it with her or knocking it over so I’m glad it’s spill-proof too.

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Here’s an inside tip: you can use the lid and sippy cup spout with the 4-ounce version of the bottle body as well. I had one on hand and tried it out. Since my daughter is just becoming dextrous, we found the smaller bottle is even easier for her to handle.

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My teething baby loved the soft spout on both the nipple and the sippy spout; I loved that it’s 100 percent silicone and BPA-free. Another thing I love: it’s easy to clean. I can’t hand-wash everything (actually sometimes I can barely run loads of dishes) so the fact that I can wash these on the top rack of my dishwasher is so helpful.

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I personally like anything that can serve two purposes and both versions are in use right now. Heck, when we can’t find my 2-year-old daughter’s sippy cup we borrow her little sister’s, so the cup spans multiple ages and multiple children. I’m glad I’ll have these cups on hand as she grows and transitions from bottle to cup, and I’m sure she’ll continue to love using them too.

What age did your baby transition to a sippy cup?

This post is sponsored by Dr Brown’s. All opinions are truthful and my own.

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