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This weeks topic is: Places In Books I’d Love to Live, but my list is Places I’d Love to Visit. I spent 12 days in Ireland and Scotland a few years ago, but I want to head back to the UK and some other places in Europe. Based on some books I’ve read, here are my top ten places to visit.
Jenny Colgan wrote a few books set in Kirrinfief, Scotland, a small town in the Scottish Highlands near the Orkney Islands. I definitely want to visit Orkney, but this small village sounds like a perfect place to spend some time.
Sarah Bennett has written a trilogy about siblings living at Bluebell Castle in the Derbyshire Countryside. I definitely would love to spend time in that area, and being able to stay at Bluebell Castle would be even better.
After reading Jessica Redland’s series set in Whitsborough Bay, I definitely want to spend some time there. The people, the businesses, the scenery, count me in.
I have read a few books set on one of the Channel Islands, and although I do not want to be there during the war, I would love to spend some time, especially on Guernsey.
I have always wanted to visit London, England and it is one place I would love to live for a few months. There are so many things to see and do there. I loved the setting in The Kensington Kidnap by Katie Gayle.
I definitely want to spend more time in Ireland and Quentins, a restaurant that tells the story of Dublin has me wanting to go back and see more, much, much, more.
I have never been to Paris and it is definitely on my bucket list. The setting of The Paris Wife is wonderful, and not only would I love to spend time in Paris, but during the 1920s would have been wonderful.
The Little Paris Bookshop is set on a floating bookstore that travels the Seine. In this book it spends a lot of time in the south of France and that is somewhere I would love to go, on a boat, even better.
In Dreaming of Italy by T.A. Williams, I would travel all over Italy. From the wild, northern mountains of Piedmont, down the vibrant coast of Cinque Terre and through the rolling hills of Tuscany, there are places I would love to stay and visit. I could see myself living in Italy for several months spending time in each of the locations mentioned in this book.
My grandfather on my dad’s side was born in Sweden. I have always wanted to visit there. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson is probably the first book I read set in Sweden. I want to go to both Stockholm, but also some of the islands and remote areas. I prefer to stay away from the seedy side that Lisbeth Salander saw though.
There you have it. Ten Books set in places I would love to visit or spend a few months in. As I said above, I love where I live (friends and family, so don’t want to live anywhere else, but definitely want to visit).
Have you read any of these books? Are any of these places on your list?