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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

TTT: Ten places I enjoyed visiting in books

Reposting: I originally made this post on 10/13/14.

Places I have enjoyed visiting via books (and would love to visit in person.)

1. Savannah, Georgia thanks to the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. Written in 1994 this nonfiction book has the quirkiest cast of characters and highlights special places in town.

2. Venice, Italy. Admittedly who wouldn't want to visit this exotic location? However, John Berendt's second book The City of Falling Angels made me even more excited about my visit to the city. It is another nonfiction book, this one was published in 2005.

3. Australia. Bill Bryson's fun nonfiction book In a Sunburned Country made me want to drop everything and hop on a plane headed to Australia. I do realize that I am not only talking about a country here but also a continent but I do hope to take a very long visit to this sunny country some day so I will have lots of time to explore it.

4. and  5. Madagascar to see the huge baobab trees and the old camphor tree at the shrine in Atami, Japan. I learned about these huge, ancient trees because of the book Remarkable Trees of the World by Thomas Pakenham. In fact, after I read the book I decided I'd to try to visit all the trees listed in it.

6. Salem, Massachusetts. I never even thought about going to this historic American town until I read The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe set in modern times and in the past.

7. Lithuania. I love it when a book opens my mind to new information and places.  That is the case with Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys whose amazing book about how the Russian government tortured and moved thousands of families out of Lithuania to Siberia.

8. St. Petersburg, Russia. After reading The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean I decided that I HAD to visit its huge art gallery, The Hermitage Museum.

9. Paris, France. Of course I want to go to Paris and, of course, I want my husband with me, but if I could I would love to time travel to Paris in the 1920s. Then I could witness first hand what it was like to be around all the authors who made up the lost generation. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway is a first-hand account of those days.

10. Amsterdam. I want to go back now that I've read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

11. The island of Thisby from the Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Okay, I know it is a fictional location but I love the descriptions of it in the book and can picture every blade of grass.

12. Prince Edward Island from Anne of Green Gables. My mom visited the island and was charmed.


  1. Oh my God, SALEM YESSSSSS and Savannah Georgia looks amazing and sounds so southern!

  2. Venice looks beautiful. I'd love to visit Italy. Great list!

  3. I'd love to visit half of these places too, but none other than Paris made my list!
    My TTT

  4. Great list! I'd love to go to Venice, Amsterdam, St. Petersburg... you get the idea. So many amazing places to see. Savannah is gorgeous! I can't wait to go back!

  5. Interesting list, I wouldn't mind visiting a few of those myself.

  6. I would love to see The Hermitage and St. Petersburg in general. Venice would be great, too. And I think it is utterly cool that you want to see all those special trees in real life.

  7. Great List! I want to go to Amsterdam too! Paris of course, is always a good idea! Hopefully you get to visit all of these!!!

  8. GREAT list! You MUST see The Hermitage. It is INSANE. I think you need like, 3 weeks and a golf cart to get through it all. By the end I just wanted to sit down and have some coffee or something, I feel like we should have stopped, had lunch, regrouped, and gone back instead of doing it all at once. And I want to go to every other place on your list! Amsterdam is completely on my bucket list, I have always wanted to go there, and TFIOS cemented it!

    Salem sounds SO cool, and I love those creepy old-timey things. Of course, Paris. And I hadn't thought about Lithuania before, but yes, I would like that too. And for sure Japan, and Madagascar. Actually, I think your list is kind of perfect!

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    1. Oh boy, now I am more excited than ever to travel to The Hermitage. Can you believe how beautiful it is in the photo even.

  9. I feel the same way about Savannah after reading that book. I know you haven't read it yet, but when you do, Anne of Green Gables is going to make you want to visit Prince Edward Island. My college roommate and I went there about 10 years ago, and it was as beautiful as we'd imagined.

    1. Actually, I have read the first book of the Anne of Green Gables series, I just forgot to add it to the list. Good call.

  10. Australia would be such a fun place to visit.

    My Top Ten Tuesday post.

  11. Oh, Prince Edward Island! I'd love to go there in real life. :)


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