This weeks Top Ten Tuesday discusses Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit. Ten… just TEN? Honestly, this was one that was hard for me to narrow down. My list ended up having a good mixture of real/could be real/fantasy places- which surprised me. Recently Just the Flight‘s website posted an article titled “50 Fictional Destinations You Can Actually Visit”. It’s worth the look just to see where some of our favorite nonexistent places may have spawned from. So take a look at my Top Ten Places and then leave a comment with your own, or with links to your own Top Ten post!
Train Man by Hitori Nakano
If you’ve read manga or the more modern Japanese novels then you’ve probably heard of Akihabara (Akiba!). It’s a geeks dream come true. A district in Tokyo full of electronic stores. If it’s made, Akihabara has it. There’s also plenty of manga and anime shops to get your fix.
2. Rivendell (Imladris)
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I love the elves in The Lord of the Rings, and Rivendell which was the last safe haven for the characters before everything fell apart. Hidden in the moorlands and right at the feet of the misty mountains with the Loudwater river running right by.
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
Just how awesome is Fantastica? Well… other than the Swamp of Sadness. But I would love to see the Crystal Towers. If the Nothing starts? Well, that’s okay, too. I’m one of ‘those’ nerds that has a replica auryn.
4. 221B Baker Street
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
It’s a real place! Don’t expect to see the detective waltzing out the door with Watson in tow, because it’s just a museum dedicated to everything Sherlockean. Still, it’s an iconic place and just to stand in the doorway of this infamous ‘apartment’ would be a thrill.
Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe
Vision is the world created in Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe. It’s Japan’s version of Fantastica, only with a darker story line and ending. But it’s full of fantastic creatures and places.
Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory
Camelot! Who doesn’t want to visit a castle full of knights? And just think of those cobblestone walkways.
7. Diagon Alley/ Hogsmeade
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Forget Hogwarts. I’ve done my 12+ years in school and as enticing as a magical school sounds, it’s still a school. Instead, lets take it to the magical streets. I did get the chance to go to Universal Studios over the summer and visit their version of Diagon Alley. Does that count?
8. Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
Treehouses are hot items right now. Everyone is scrambling to re-imagine their childhood or have a piece of childhood that they missed out on. And you have got to admit, for a family that’s marooned on an island they have pretty nice digs.
9. The Globe Theatre
The Complete Works of Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
Okay, so, I can always settle for the newly constructed “Shakespeare’s Globe”, but while we’re dreaming, why not continue and go for the original? If you’ve read my blog before you’re probably tired of hearing what a Shakespeare nerd I am. Seeing Much Ado About Nothing in The Globe Theatre would be fantastic.
10. Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
An old (300 years??) gothic house sitting out in the moors is bound to be romanticized and swathed in mystery. Alright, so, Heathcliff and Cathy didn’t work out so well, but Wuthering Heights is still on my top ten places to visit.