Time for another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of the Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s topic is: Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit
Note: Both real and fictional places are counted!
Bry: This was a tough topic for me since I’ve been to most of the places I read about the most! Most of the places that instantly came to mind to travel to as being inspired in part by reading have been ticked off my list, so this is whats left!
1. New Orleans
New Orleans is currently absolutely #1 on my travel list. The history is incredible, the culture is unrivaled and unique, the food is amazing…. and Anne Rice totally suckered me in to love it in her poetic imagery. When an author loves their home as much as Anne Rice does, it feeds into their writing, and drives home just how much I NEED to go to New Orleans!
Yeah, I feel like everyone is going to say this one, but shut up, I love Harry Potter and a school of Witchcraft and Wizardry would just be a badass place to be. Just like every kid who grew up on Harry Potter, it was a dream that never left.
Obviously I don’t just want to go to Egypt because of the books I have read, but having recently had my hands on Kara Cooney’s The Woman Who Would Be King, my desire is ever stronger. That sort of deep world history calls to me from somewhere deep in my soul.
5. Salem, Massachusetts
I am fascinated by the Salem witch hunts, especially in how they differ from the great European witch crazes, so this has always been a topic of interest for me. Having read The Book of Maggie Bradstreet, based on legitimate family history of the author, my interest has been renewed. This is a place I have to see in my life.
George R. R Martin writes the most amazing locations, and if I were to be housed in the ASOIAF world, I’d be a Martell. So its good to see homeland, don’t you think?
8. King’s Landing
I may be destined to be a Martell, but I am also hugely fascinated by high politics. I would want to see the Red Keep for not only the beautiful world it holds (c’mon, if Croatia is an acceptable film location…), but for the political dealings and intrigue!
1. Hogwarts! I will forever be disappointed that my owl never came. I guess, I can go to Orlando and go to the Muggle version. Siiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.
2. Bry, Bry! Remember that time we tried to win a trip to King’s Landing by doing crazy stuff? I really wanted to go. Like, a lot. Our team did so well, you can see some of our entries here (not all of them, I didn’t have permission from everyone to put them up and now that I do, I’m being lazy). But, alas. It wasn’t meant to be. God speed Team Impala. Enjoy sunny Croatia.
3. Russia. It sounds like an awful place, but I want to go to there. I’ve read both Vampire Academy and most of the Night Watch series. Seriously, though. Russia.
4. Rome! Maybe I can fight unicorns too! Probably not, seeing as I’ve been married for 7 years.
1. London- Because of books like Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes, I want to see this city BAD. Like really bad! I’d start a donation drive just to fund a study-abroad for it if I could.
2. Middle Earth (AKA New Zealand)- This is because of both the books and the films of The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings. The country of New Zealand fits so many locations in the novels, it’s no wonder that Peter Jackson filmed the whole double-trilogy in his backyard.
3. Japan- My love of manga has made me want to travel to Japan so much! I want to see Tokyo, espeically, for the various districts and sights that it offers. But the countryside of the island nation is also something I want to experience. Some day, I will go to the famed (and sacred to otaku) Akihabara District!!
4. New Orleans- The home of Lestate d’ Lioncourt, and the of where Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, you bet your fangs and velvet frock-coats I want to go there! To experience the abandon of Mardis Gras, or take a ghost-tour, or just visit the various landmarks! That beautiful jewel by the Mississippi River, I want to walk all of its streets and haunts!
5. Ireland- If only because of my love of all things fairy and folklore related, I want to see it. There are so many stories and myths and legends about this country, it would take ages to tell you about them all! Speaking of myths…
6. Italy- Rome was one of the mightiest empires, and Roman mythology still pervades literature to this day. Incorporated in to architecture and art, it remains an integral part to the landscape. And I certainly wouldn’t mind visiting Delphi, even if there are no more oracles.