I have bookish wanderlust.
A huge reason I love reading is because I can go anywhere. LITERALLY. One minute I’m at Hogwarts, the next Paris, the next Panem. Although the latter isn’t getting on this list of places I want to go to. Trust me. In reality I’ve been only been all over Australia and seen a big hunk of China…but I long for Paris.
It is really hard to explain how much I desperately need to go to Paris. And Europe. I might as well have titled the post “Places In Europe Cait is Subtly Relocating Herself Too”.
I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their incredibly awesome meme: Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme involving lists, peoples. LISTS! I love lists.
This week’s prompt is: Top 10 Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit
1. Paris, France
Obviously this is destination uno numero. There are so many reasons my soul belongs here. Mostly because all writers either live in Paris or visited there at one stage. Hello Ernest Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Stein, Miller, Victor Hugo, Oscar Wilde, and Charles Dickens.
Victor Hugo even said, “To err is human. To loaf is Parisian.” I hope he’s referring to the bread. I like bread.
Plus from it being Characteristic Of An Author, there’s also coffee and croissants to think about, as well as places to see, the beautiful language to hear, and glorious Parisian wonder to soak in.
I even studied French in highschool! Well…a little. I quit. But I can still say many words like fromage (cheese), pain (bread) and I know the difference between un and une. SO THERE.
2. Somewhere in the Mountains, Japan
I like the sound of Japan. I like rice. I don’t mind sushi. (Pass on the raw fish ones, but yes to the vegetable ones.) I particularly LOVE noodles.
Freaky Japanese ghosts? Of course I don’t mind them. Would it scare me? Pfft. Please. I’ve got my salt and skills.
3. Prague, Czech Republic
I’m not one hundred percent sure I want to go to Prague while Karou was wreaking havoc. Maybe when she’s left? But those passages describing that cafe they liked to go to, eating goulash and drinking dark coffee? UM. YES.
I would probably die of the cold, though, because I am a wimp. I freeze at 10 degrees Celsius (which is 50 Fahrenheit for those that care) and I’ve never ever seen snow.
4. Tampere, Finland
I TOLD YOU: OBSESSION WITH EUROPE.
I liked this book because it mentioned black liquorice, and also ice and snow (which sound pretty) and dark streets when it should be light (sounds like fodder for a writer in my humble but wonderful opinion) and it’s pretty. I may need to grow wings to see views like this, but I can do that.
5. Amsterdam, Netherlands
I want to see Anne Frank’s house. I ride in a boat on the canals. I want to also kidnap a bike and ride it around too. I would like to walk around at night. I would like to eat oranges (because orange is a Dutch colour, so I’ve heard) AND…hello?! The Fault In Our Stars was there! I don’t really need any more reasons than just being a nerd and standing in the conversation where Gus and Hazel said:
Hazel: Thank you for letting me hijack your wish.
Gus: Thank you for wearing that dress which is like woah.
This just downright adorable.
6. Wherever-there-are-castles, Germany
Technically I should say Himmel Street, but I want to see ALL of Germany. Castles particularly. I know, I knoooow, castles are drafty and damp…but it doesn’t take away from the fact that THERE ARE REAL LIVE CASTLES IN GERMANY.
Well…kind of live.
Don’t be so literal.
7. The moors, Scotland
Because I wish to change me fate, and Scoootland is the place to do it, me wee bairns. (You’d better be reading this bit in a Scottish accent or I will come over their and glare at you.) I don’t actually want to pedal over there in WWII, though. Scotland today. That’ll do nicely.
I’ll wear a kilt! I’ll eat haggis! I’ll learn bear! JUST TALK ME TO SCOTLAND, YE WEE WILL O’ WISP.
8. New York, America
Okay! I confess! I actually only want to go to New York because it’s the hot-spot for alien attacks and I do want to see one in action. And also…I wish to see the Avengers in action. The amount of times New York gets struck down in the movies? I’m sure something terrible and Armageddon-worthy will happen while I’m trotting down the streets.
9. Jerusalem, Israel
Heck yeah, I want to go here! Come on, Jerusalem?! It is so freakishly old and the architecture would be phenomenal. Plus seeing Roman roads and all the temples. PLUS THE MOUNT OF OLIVES. Plus the approximate places where Jesus walked and did super awesome stuff. PLUS FOOD, PEOPLES, FOOD. Shwarma and falafel and cheese and olives and flat bread and —
Okay, I realise this whole post is me basically saying, “I wish to see the world and eat all its food.” But, hey, I’m not ashamed about that. I do want to eat all the food. Seeing tourist attractions is also cool.
(By the way, I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned Broken Bridge on this blog but it’s an incredible book. I must’ve read it fifty-two million times when I was in school. It’s about family and murder and Israel.)
10. London, England
Oops. We’re back in Europe again. My bad. I’d apologise but: LONDON.
I particularly want to see 221 Baker Street which I know was only made for stupid tourists like me, but I’m not even ashamed. London is for Sherlock. London is for red buses. London is for delicious chips.
(I would’ve actually attached a Sherlock book to this picture, but…I haven’t read Sherlock. I’ve read Father Brown mysteries though! That counts, right?!)
Obviously I listed all the really awesome places (because I have impeccable taste).
But I’m sure you have bookish places you’d like to visit too. And I want to hear about them! The comment section is yours, my fair friends. Tell me where you want to go. Tell me if you like where I’m going. Link me to your TTT posts.
And what’s more important: seeing the tourist attractions of a particular country, or eating all their food? If you had to choose.
Cait is hungry. Darn this post. And now her feet are kind of itchy and she wishes she could just get in her private jet and dash all over the world to eat the food and see the sights. Paris is top of her list, though. ALWAYS. And she wouldn’t say no to revisiting China, actually, because you haven’t lived until you’ve eaten street market noodles. Just sayin’. Currently she’s reading SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE.