TRAVEL EDITION! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is locations from books I’d like to visit. This was a fun prompt and now I’m ready to go traveling!
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The best way to explore the breathtaking beauty of Guernsey is on foot. Take to the cliff paths of the south coast and you can wind round the headlands looking out to a crystal clear sea, pausing to sit on well-situated benches to admire the view that hasn’t changed for centuries. Join the Spring Walking Festival from 12-28 May for a host of guided walks.
Click here for a Guernsey travel guide.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
A love of words is in the air; it’s in grand theatres and casual conversations. Simply sharing the same streets as wordsmiths Swift, Wilde, Joyce, Synge, Behan and Beckett is a treat, but dig deeper and there is far more to see. Illuminated manuscripts and old libraries show how the city has been a haven of learning for centuries.
Click here for Nine Literary Attractions in Dublin.
Christmas in London by Anita Hughes
“James”—- Diana tapped her American Express card on the table— “tell Cassie about the food hall at Harrods.”
“The architecture is Beaux Arts style, all gold finishes and intricate ironwork. The floors are black-and-white marble, and the most amazing chandeliers hang from the ceiling. The cheese hall has more than three hundred varieties of cheese, and the meat hall serves wild boar and Cornish hens. The candy hall is like Christmas every day with giant jars of jelly beans, caramels, lollipops, and candy corn.“ -Anita Hughes
Click here for the Best Bookshops in London.
The Songbird by Marcia Willets
The comparatively mild climate, coastline and landscape make Devon a destination for recreation and leisure in England, with visitors particularly attracted to the Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks; its coasts, including the resort towns along the south coast known collectively as the English Riviera
Click here for the ten best nature spots in Devon.
Girls Night Out by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Welcome to Tulum. Tulum’s spectacular coastline – with all its confectioner-sugar sands, cobalt water and balmy breezes – makes it one of the top beaches in Mexico. … There’s also excellent cave and cavern diving, fun cenotes and a variety of lodgings and restaurants.
Click here to visit the Grand Cenote in Tulum, Mexico.
Crazy, Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Singapore is a wealthy city state in south-east Asia. Once a British colonial trading post, today it is a thriving global financial hub and described as one of Asia’s economic “tigers”. It is also renowned for its conservatism and strict local laws and the country prides itself on its stability and security.
Click here for a get away that visits the spots from the book!
Joe Pickett series from CJ Box
Twilight in the mountains brought a special kind of cold. It crept out from the darkness of the lodgepole pine forest where it had spent the daylight hours and it slithered across the top of the snow to sting every inch of exposed human skin. Sounds became sharper and the snow itself became a different texture that squeaked like nails on a chalkboard with every footfall. -C. J. Box
Discover the wonder of Wyoming’s most iconic landmarks and wilderness areas. Colorful pools, jagged peaks, otherworldy rock formations and breathtaking canyon walls remain untouched within state borders. Some of America’s most pristine landscapes are living in Wyoming, beckoning adventure-seekers to take in their beauty.
Start exploring Wyoming’s preserved lands.
South Carolina 🇺🇸
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
We children sat transfixed before that moon our mother had called forth from the waters. When the moon had reached its deepest silver, my sister, Savannah, though only three, cried aloud to our mother, to Luke and me, to the river and the moon, “Oh, Mama, do it again!” And I had my earliest memory. Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides
Click here to visit the Pat Conroy literary center.
Seven Sisters trilogy by Lucinda Riley- Pa Salt’s Island (Atlantis)
Maybe it’s the way the sun light shimmers on the lake or the way the sunset hits the trees. Or maybe it’s the amazing sensation of soaring through the air and laughing with friends on a zip line adventure, or a fun filled day on the trails. Or maybe … it’s just an afternoon of pampering and relaxation at one of the many area spas, or taking a stroll on the shore path or in downtown Lake Geneva, browsing in the unique shops or stopping for a bite to eat.
Lake Geneva is a water body of superlatives: mildest climate, largest lake and lake with the largest amount of water in Central Europe.The Celts called it “Large Water” or “Lem an”, and to this day it is called Lac Léman in French. Click here for My Switzerland.
Prince Edward Island 🇨🇦
Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
“It was November–the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. Anne roamed through the pineland alleys in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul.” L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Take walk in Anne’s footsteps!
QOTD: Tell me about your favorite book locations! Which one of the ones I’ve listed would you want to visit most?
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Beautiful post. I have to say I have a special affinity for Pat Conroy and his love for his South Carolina roots. The place I love the mot is Sorrento along the Almalfi Coast, but London is a very close second.
Nice choices. If you haven’t been to the food hall at Harrods you should certainly visit. Liberty is another London department store that looks amazing at Christmas!
Great post Jaymi 🙌
It’s nice that you picked real locations because there’s actually the possibility of you visiting someday.
I’d love to visit Prince Edward Island, too. I actually mentioned part of it in my post today.
My Top Ten Tuesday post.
Thanks Lydia – your post is fantastic! If only we could visit some of these places …
Interesting that you picked real spots! I went to PIE over ten years ago and it’s such a beautiful place. And well, Singapore, that’s where I’m from. I have mixed feelings about CRA though 😀
Sharlene! Thanks for the comment. You’re so lucky to have visited Anne’s Island! Tell me more about CRA – I’ll bet you have insight?! Tell me – did Kevin Kwan get it wrong?
Great choices. I’m planning to read Girl’s Night Out this year
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