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DIY The Da Vinci Code Tour: Intro

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

I've stumbled upon sites which organizes The Da Vinci Code tour, charges ranges from €95 (2.5 hours) to $US55,000 (7 days) per person. I am intrigue with these tours and started searching for DIY tours and walking tours. If you have read Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code, this DIY tour would give you a clearer picture as it takes you to places visited by the characters in the novel. SPOILER ahead if you are still reading or planning to read the novel. Here's the plot for the novel from the official site for those who have not read the novel,

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. Solving the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci…clues visible for all to see…and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others. The Louvre curator has sacrificed his life to protect the Priory's most sacred trust: the location of a vastly important religious relic, hidden for centuries.

In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who appears to work for Opus Dei—a clandestine, Vatican-sanctioned Catholic sect believed to have long plotted to seize the Priory's secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's secret—and a stunning historical truth—will be lost forever.

In an exhilarating blend of relentless adventure, scholarly intrigue, and cutting wit, symbologist Robert Langdon (first introduced in Dan Brown's bestselling Angels & Demons) is the most original character to appear in years. THE DA VINCI CODE heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightening-paced, intelligent thriller…surprising at every twist, absorbing at every turn, and in the end, utterly unpredictable…right up to its astonishing conclusion.


The main action takes place in and around four key locales: Paris, Rome, London, and Scotland. The tours of these destinations, includes corresponding highlights from the book, however, Chris did it in such a way just enough to put the setting into context and not spoiling the plot. He also lists sights to see with some practical information, including suggested routes.

I've decided post this DIY tour for my future reference and this article by Chris Culwell is obtainable from Fodors.com. I'll start posting it tomorrow once I've edited the article to fit this blog.

Meanwhile, my Yahoo! Football Fantasy team has reached an all time high,

Sentinels

Points: 2557.27
Overall Rank: 147
Percentile: 99th
Rank Change: 0
posted by Ivan, 12:06 pm

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