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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.
*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