Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit.
I’m going to limit this to places I haven’t been yet, which means that some real places – England and Wales generally, London, the Yorkshire Dales, the Hundred Acre Wood, the prairies of the Little House books, the Lambspun yarn store, and so on – won’t make the cut despite the fact that I love them.
As usual, they are in no particular order. And one qualifier: I only want to visit these places after all the battles and nastiness are over. I’ve no intention in being caught up in the wars, thank you.
- Narnia. I’ve longed to find a way into Narnia since I was little. Alas, no closets or wardrobes I tried ever held more than clothes and linens.
- The wizarding world. Particularly Hogwarts. I don’t care if I’m over fifty; I want to go to Hogwarts. Or even teach there. All those courses, and they don’t have a single class in wizarding literature? Prof. McGonagall, I’d be happy to teach it if you’ll just add it to the curriculum.
- Middle Earth. I’d love to visit the Shire, be a guest in Rivendell, and be welcomed into Lothlorien. I’ll even visit Gondor and Rohan. Just keep me out of Moria, please. (And since travel to Middle Earth isn’t likely any time soon, would someone like to give me an all-expenses paid trip to New Zealand, so I can at least see where they filmed it?)
- Pern. I want to study voice with Master Shonagar in the Harper Hall, and impress a fire lizard. And maybe, just maybe, impress a dragon, too. Or at least ride on one.
- The Eleven Kingdoms of Katherine Kurtz’s Deryni novels. But preferably as a Deryni!
- Regency and early Victorian England. But not until I shed 30 pounds and 30 years, and learn to waltz. (Thanks to Jane Austen, Mary Balogh, Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, Mary Jo Putney, and any number of other writers for making the era so appealing.)
- New Zealand. I mentioned it above in conjunction with the filming of the Lord of the Rings movies, but actually, my interest in visiting the islands goes back to several Ngaio Marsh mysteries: Vintage Murder, Colour Scheme, and Died in the Wool.
- Switzerland, Austria, and parts of Germany. Between Heidi, Airs Above the Ground, and a number of other books (not to mention The Sound of Music) I’d really love to see the Alps, the Rhineland, and maybe the Black Forest with my own eyes.
- The Mediterranean. Blame Mary Stewart for this one, and a more than few other writers as well, from Ngaio Marsh to Mary Renault. I’d like to visit Crete, and Corfu, and Delphi, and Athens. Oh, and Italy, too, while I’m at it – Venice, Florence, and Rome. (OK, I realize this is a bit broad, but Stewart & Renault really fired my imagination for the Mediterranean in general and Greece in particular.)
- New York. I think a literary tour of New York would be fun, but not the “serious literature” tour. No, I have in mind visiting The Metropolitan Museum of Art (From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler), the New York Public Library (to see the original Winnie the Pooh and his friends), the Empire State Building and Central Park (the Percy Jackson novels), Times Square (The Cricket in Times Square), and Ellis Island (a number of children’s picture books). I’d ride in an old yellow taxi (the Maxi the Taxi Dog books) and visit the neighborhoods of The Pushcart Wars and The Saturdays. The ironic thing is that I spent my first 6 years in New York, and visited there until I was 8, so I’ve been to some of those places – but not as an adult, and in most cases, it was before I’d read the books.
So where have you gone in a book, that you’d like to visit for real?