It's time for Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's list is:
Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit (real or fictional)
I'm going to divide this list in two, the first five spots will focus on the real places I'd like to visit thanks to books, while the remaining five spots will focus on the fictional places I'd like to visit.
(1) The Scottish Highlands -- thanks, in part, to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novels. I've had the opportunity to visit Edinburgh, Scotland, but never made it as far as the Highlands, a place of stunning beauty that Gabaldon vividly brings to life in her novels.
(2) Australia -- thanks to The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough. This was one of my favourite books as a teenager, and I've wanted to go to Australia ever since I finished reading it.
(3) Northern Wales -- thanks to Sharon Kay Penman's England/Wales historical fiction trilogy. I've been to Cardiff and Caerphilly, Wales, but ever since reading Sharon Kay Penman's England/Wales trilogy I've longed to go to Northern Wales and visit the castles of Caernarvon, Beaumaris and Conwy.
(4) Pompeii, Italy -- thanks to Robert Harris' historical novel, Pompeii. My next trip to Italy will include a stop to see the ruins of Pompeii.
(5) Versailles, France -- thanks to pretty much every historical novel I've read set in France. I've visited France several times, but somehow none of my trips included a visit to the palace of Versailles.
(6) Hogwarts -- I don't think I even need to explain why or what books inspired this selection :-)
(7) Middle Earth -- thanks to JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings novels. I do imagine it would look exactly as envisioned on the big screen by Peter Jackson...which means I also want to visit New Zealand where the movies were filmed.
(8) Westeros -- thanks to George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. I'd love to visit Westeros as a whole, keeping clear of all the fighting!, but I'm most interested in seeing The Wall up close...and maybe visit Jon Snow while I'm there.
(9) Anne Shirley-era Green Gables in Prince Edward Island -- thanks to Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables novels. While Prince Edward Island isn't fictional, and I've visited several times (including stops at "Green Gables"), I'd like to go back in time and visit PEI and Green Gables during the era in which the Anne of Green Gables novels are set.
(10) Thursday Next's England -- inspired by Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next novels. Any place that features literary detectives and allows you to jump into a book is a place I'd like to visit.
Where would you like to travel thanks to books?