- Have you ever wanted to travel to a place described in a book?
- Have you ever ACTUALLY travelled to a place because of the way it was described in a book?
- And if so, did it live up to the expectations, feelings, emotions you expected from the book? Did you feel like Anne was going to come romping around the corner of Green Gables? Was it as if Jo was upstairs at Orchard House, scribbling on a story? Or was it just a museum, or just a city street? Like Abbey Road without the Beatles?
Definitely! I love it when books inspire me to visit someplace!
Reading Sarum made me want to visit Salisbury and Stonehenge which was fun to see at sunset.
Girl With a Pearl Earring made me want to see work by Vermeer and visit Delft which we did last year.
Memoirs of a Geisha made me want to visit Gion which is great fun, if a little papparazzi-ish at dusk when the geisha are heading to their evening appointments.
Having the story of The Lady and the Unicorn in mind, made seeing the actual tapestries at the Cluny Museum in Paris all the more mesmerising.
And the list could go on...
And of course living in London and then Cambridge was great. There are still places where if you use your imagination just a little you can almost believe you're back in the era of Austen and Dickens and company.
Another place we haven't been yet but I've really been wanting to since reading The Shadow of the Wind is Barcelona. Someday!