October 14, 2014 by Bernadette ~ The Bumbling Bookworm
Top Ten Tuesday is THE bookish meme, hosted by the wonderful ladies at The Broke and the Bookish, the book blog that hooked me on all other book blogs! I’m a sucker for bookish memes, so here we go…
Today’s topic is Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit! I’m a travel FIEND and I’m always looking for somewhere new to visit. My wanderlust is completely out of control! I’m already planning my next trip, but at this stage I’m torn between going to Europe (where I haven’t been since 2006) or returning to the US (where I went a little over 12 months ago). What a dilemma! It’s a pity Australia is SO far away from anything.
I take my inspiration from books and popular culture, so this topic is fairly perfect for me! Anyhoo, in no particular order here’s my list 🙂
1. Anna and the French Kiss ~ Paris
Paris is one of the most beautiful cities and ANNA has made me desperate to go back! I was there for about a day in 2006 and OBVIOUSLY it was nowhere near enough time 🙂 I’ll get back there eventually.
2. Lola and the Boy Next Door ~ San Francisco
I’ve wanted to go to San Francisco for as long as I can remember. Charmed started my obsession and then LOLA tipped it over the edge completely! It seems so picturesque and beautiful, with all the hills and lovely houses. Not to mention the trams! (Or trolleys as they’re called over there) I see trams all the time in Melbourne but there’s something so much cuter about the ones in San Fran 🙂
3. Isla and the Happily Ever After ~ New York City
NYC has to be one of my absolute favourite cities in the world; I’ve been there twice and I’m determined to live there one day, if only for a little while. ISLA does nothing to dampen this, if anything it made we want to go back even MORE if that’s even possible!
4. The Greek Islands ~ The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
My favourite part of this book was the time Lena spent in Greece visiting her family in Santorini. Brashares totally brought it to life for me, and ever since then I’ve wanted to visit the Greek Islands. Maybe next year!
5. Prince Edward Island ~ Anne of Green Gables
Anne had me caught up in her adventures from a very young age, and I always wanted to travel to PEI and join in. About five years ago, a work colleague went and had an amazing time, she said it was a truly beautiful place and now I just HAVE to find out for myself 🙂
6. Tarpon Springs, Florida ~ Where the Stars Still Shine
I wasn’t expecting this book to give me a hankering to travel, given the subject matter, but I was totally taken in by Tarpon Springs! Such a cute little town, well known for its Sponge Docks District, its Greek cuisine, its fresh seafood, and its quaint boutiques. In fact, Tarpon Springs is the spong capital of the world! Doller painted such a wonderful picture and I found myself drawn in completely.
7. England ~ Pride and Prejudice
I spent a day in London in 2006 and it was nowhere near enough to satisfy me! There’s so much more I want to see in England, a lot of which stems from Pride and Prejudice – Hertfordshire, Kent, Derbyshire… If I don’t get to see “Pemberley” one day, I will be sorely disappointed!
8. USA Road Trip ~ Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour
I have a dream that one day I will take a road trip across the USA, I don’t really have any set idea in mind of where I want to go but I think it could be a lot of fun. The road trip in this book, from California to Connecticut, certainly sounds like a blast and really made me think about the idea quite seriously. There are so many places along the trip I’d love to go to, including Kentucky, Louisiana, Graceland, the Yosemites, I could just keep on going…
9. Hogwarts ~ Harry Potter Series
This actually isn’t just limited to Hogwarts, it extends to all locations in the Harry Potter universe – Diagon Alley and it’s amazing shops, Hogsmeade, The Ministry of Magic, basically EVERYTHING. Luckily, this can come true (sort of!), with various locations in the UK that can be toured (my parents have seen the Great Hall 😦 ), along with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida.
10. Isla and the Happily Ever After ~ Barcelona
I didn’t really want to repeat a book but ISLA made me want to travel all over the place! I haven’t included the feels it gave me for Paris 🙂 I know Barcelona doesn’t feature a great deal in this book but Perkins’ writing on the city definitely wowed me in a short time. I’ve had Spain on my list for a while, and this only made me bump it up a few places 😀
There you have it, that’s my list! How about you, what did you have on your list? Have you got any others that you could recommend to me? Are you a travel fiend like me?