Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

This week Top Ten Tuesday focuses on places books have made me want to visit. I'm pretty sure that I could extend this week's list to about my top twenty, but I'll try to narrow it down. I love traveling and I love books, so this particular list is a favorite of mine!

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1. Prince Edward Island - Ever since I first read the Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery, I have made it a goal to visit one day. Even in the old-school Anne of Green Gables TV show, PEI looks absolutely breathtaking.

2.  Paris - Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins has inspired my interest in Paris.  I don't really want to spend an extended period of time there, but I would love to visit for the day and then check out the French countryside.  

3.  Scotland - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon makes Scotland come to life, especially after watching the Outlander TV show. At this point you are probably begging I don't talk about the TV show again. The beautiful cinematography has me drooling over Scotland weekly.  

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4.  Nantucket - Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland is one of my favorite beach reads and Howland does a great job of bringing Nantucket to life. I mean what more could a beach bum want? 

5.   Highclere Castle - Guys, I am obsessed with Downton Abbey. I absolutely love it and after I read Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon, I became even more interested. I am hoping by the time this post goes live, I will have visited! (More to come on that later!)

6.  Charleston - I've always been interested in Charleston, especially when people say they like it more than Savannah. Blasphemy! Anyway, I love how The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank makes Charleston seem like such a fun town filled with history, fantastic restaurants and bars; plus, it's near the coast!

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7.  New Orleans - Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys is one of my favorite young adult historical reads and I love how she captured New Orleans/French Quarter in the 1950s. 

8.  Amsterdam - The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank stayed with me as a child. It's so profound and then when I taught the diary for so many years, I learned to appreciate it even more. I have never been to Amsterdam, but when I go, I definitely plan on visiting the Anne Frank House. It's on my bucket list.

9.  Key West - Key West is one of my favorite places in the world. I have been there twice and I long to go again. The pace of life, the people, the scenery, and the history are all fantastic. Key West gets me and when I read Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm, I knew I had to visit immediately.

10.  Rome - I have always wanted to visit Rome and was glad I did a few years back. I read Angels & Demons by Dan Brown first and then saw the movie which captured many of the awesome Roman landmarks. 

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Runner Up:
*Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt - I read this book and saw the movie before I visited Savannah.  Man, I loved it! The Southern gothic vibe, the crazy people, the beautiful historic town…all right up my alley.  I'm a huge fan of Savannah!

So, what books made you want to pick up your bags and take the next plane out so you could see the setting for yourself? Let me know!  This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

14 comments:

  1. I've always wanted to visit Key West (those Hemingway novels inspired this want). Great list, Christina.

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    1. Key West is one of my favorite places in the world. I hope you can visit soon! Thanks for visiting!

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  2. This list is awesome! I almost added New Orleans to my list, but then decided I didn't really want to go (I may just be in a mood though). A lot of these picks are beautiful places.

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    1. Thank you! I have always wanted to visit N.O. thanks for visiting!

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  3. Yes, yes, yes to Prince Edward Island... it always seemed soo magical in Anne of Green Gables. I've been to Edinburgh but reading Outlander made me want to be back in Scotland immediately.

    And I can personally attest (as a resident of Charleston) that it is amazing! Come visit us... maybe for YALLFest in November? :)

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    1. I would LOVE to visit Charleston. I heard YALL fest is great. Someday soon! Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Oooo, such a good list! I do have to say that you might want to give yourself more than a day in Paris though! It's actually a really charming city. I spent 5 days there and never got bored and never felt like the city was too big. Amsterdam on the other hand is a two day stop in my eyes. But Anne Frank House is brilliant and going there will make her diary mean even more to you!
    My TTT

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    1. Yes! I have heard from many people that Paris is fantastic. I could see myself spending about two days there. There's so much I want to see! Anne Frank House is definitely on my bucket list…would love to go to Amsterdam! Thanks for visiting!

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  5. Amazing list! Amsterdam is on my list. Prince Edward Island, Key West, and New Orleans are great choices and definitely on my travel bucket list!
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

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  6. LOVE your list. I long to return to N.O. It's been far too long.

    I do however disagree with Charleston. I liked it but preferred Savannah. Savannah has more charm and southern hospitality I think. When you do go some day though, promise me you'll try Folly Beach. It's fab.

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    1. Thanks, Juju! Oh yeah? That's good to hear, because I love Savannah….definitely want to get to Charleston sometime. Folly Beach sounds like my kind of place. :) Thanks for visiting!

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  7. Many places on your list that I want to visit. I have wanted to go to Scotland since I was a little girl (I read a Nancy Drew mystery set in Scotland) and I hope to visit Highclere Castle one day too. I also want to go to Charleston and that trip is more likely to happen. I have been to Savannah and I love the historic district. I took a ghost tour that went by the garden but I was sad to learn the statue was moved from the garden.

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    1. I had no idea that the statue was removed in Savannah?! That's a bummer. I'm glad we have some of the same destinations! Thanks for visiting, Christina!

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