Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic is Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit. We can pick real or imaginary places, but since I did a similar meme with imaginary places already, I thought I'd pick real places. A few of these books feature historical versions of these places; I'd like to visit those, too, but until someone invents a time machine, I'll have to make do with the present-day versions:
(Odette's Secrets by Maryann Macdonald) - I'd love to see Paris, but I'd also like to visit some of the smaller villages in the French countryside. In this particular case, I don't think I'd want to see the historical version. Too many Nazis...
(The Awakening by L. J. Smith; New Moon by Stephenie Meyer) - What is it with vampires and Italy? But I digress. I would love to visit some of the old villages and the beautiful ancient cities in this lovely country. But let's be honest... I'd probably eat my way through the trip. I love Italian food.
(Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding; Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling; Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury) - I'd probably want to visit London even if I hadn't read about it in any novels. I have lots of ancestors who made their home there in the past; I'd like to see where they lived.
New York City, U.S.A.
(The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon; Beastly by Alex Flinn; Heat Rises by Richard Castle; Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston) - One day I'd like to visit this city. I'd like to see Central Park and the Empire State Building, and maybe take a trip to see the Statue of Liberty up close.
(A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness) - For a book that I couldn't even get through, it did make an impression on me. Oxford was described quite well. Now I want to go there and see it for myself!
Prague, Czech Republic
(Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor) - I'd like to see pretty much any part of Europe, but Prague looks especially intriguing with its history and architecture. I'm kind of curious about goulash, too, after reading that book. I wonder if anyone makes a vegan version...
Prince Edward Island, Canada
(Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery; Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery) - I think a lot of people who read Anne of Green Gables ended up wanting to see the province where the story was set. Though I do live in Canada, I'm at the wrong end of the country to make visiting this place easy!
Saint Petersburg, Russia
(The Lost Crown by Sarah Miller) - This city has always fascinated me more than Moscow. If I were to take a trip to Russia, I'd definitely want to see Saint Petersburg. I find the old, opulent buildings especially intriguing.
(The Daykeeper's Grimoire by Christy Raedeke; The Puzzle Ring by Kate Forsyth) - Both of those books feature Scottish castles, but that's not a requirement. I'm half Scottish, so I'd just love to see where my ancestors came from. (Yes... I really should read Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series one of these days!)
Southern California, U.S.A.
(The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson; Evermore by Alyson Noël) - Though I'm Canadian born and raised, I did spend a couple of years in Southern California as a child. These books brought up more nostalgia than anything, and made me want to revisit the places I'd been before. The inclusion of the Spanish missions in the former and the spur-of-the-moment trips to Disneyland in the latter really brought back some memories!
What places have books made you want to visit?