These Books Were Made for Walking – February 2009


So, it’s already the third Wednesday of the month (well in some parts of the world … not here, here it’s still Tuesday!). I was thrilled with the response that my little idea received last week! Thanks to all of you who contributed. I really don’t care if you arrive late to the party, as long as you come … leave a comment with a link to your post to let me and others know what gems there are to read out there.

Just to refresh our memories … I am inviting you on the 3rd Wednesday of every month to think about a topic that has to do with books and travel. So, here is the topic for this month:

Is there a place that you have always dreamed of visiting specifically because of a book you read? It can be any kind of book: fiction, non-fiction, travelogue, you name it. If you have been to the place, did it live up to your expectations? If you haven’t been, do you think you’ll ever make it there?

My own reply:

I actually found this much more difficult to answer than I was expecting when I wrote the question. I’ve been thinking about it for a few days now. I’ve thought of a lot of places I really want to visit, but not really any one book that would sum it up. But I have picked one to illustrate my point!


When I first read this book I started totally longing to go to St. Petersburg and Russia in general. Anna captivated me when I was 16 – my heart broken into a thousand pieces for her. The tragedy is just exquisite! And I was mesmerized by Anna’s world. Imagine the beautiful homes you could see there. The problem, of course, is that that St. Petersburg and that Russia does not exist anymore. So, what I would really like, I suppose, is to time travel and see the Russia as it was in the 1800’s. Imperial Russia. I think it must have been spectacular.

And this problem has repeated itself in many of the books I thought of: Shogun for example. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to for one day visit Japan in the 1600’s … not as a peasant of course. But again, that would be time travel. Modern day Japan doesn’t fascinate me at all.

I do, however, still want to go to Russia. I would love to see the Winter Palace:


And walk grand staircases such as these:


Then maybe, just maybe, I could imagine that I really had done a bit of time travel … it worked for a few magical moments in Versailles, so why not here?

For now, it will probably have to be a dream. Russia is way, way down on hubbie’s wishlist. And it doesn’t seem like the safest place to go at the moment. But, maybe someday ….

Comments (12)

  1. Ladytink_534

    Russia isn’t on my dream vacation list but I’ll admit I’d love to see the Palace myself.

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  2. Marg

    St Petersburg is one of mine as well, mainly due to reading The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. I did read Anna Karenina not long after that which just reinforced my desire to go there.

    I’ll have my post up in the next couple of days.

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  3. Lisa

    That was a great choice! I’ll be posting my response in a day or so. I look forward to playing along! Thanks for hosting this monthly event!

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  4. slife (Post author)

    Oh! The Bronze Horseman is an AMAZING book!

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  5. BookPsmith

    I would like to see Russia someday…so much literary and musical history. I missed last month’s meme but glad I got to participate this time around. Here is my link and look forward to next time…

    http://bookpsmith.blogspot.com/2009/02/these-boots-were-made-for-walking.html

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  6. Tif

    Okay, I went with fictional and it shows just how much of a nerd I am!! Feel free to check it out at the following link . . . http://tiftalksbooks.blogspot.com/2009/02/february-these-books-were-made-for.html

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  7. Booklogged

    Hello, Strumpet. I posted my response HERE. This is very fun idea and a cute, cute button.

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  8. Lisa

    Hi Strumpet!! My response isn’t very extravagant, but you can find it here:

    http://southerngal-lisa.blogspot.com/2009/02/these-books-were-made-for-walking-2.html

    Thanks for hosting!

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  10. Sandra

    I enjoyed your thoughts on this. I’ve been to St. Petersburgh and it was wonderful to see the Winter Palace. I’d like to do this monthly meme. Hope I can find the next question in time.

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    1. Andi

      Life is un.ria.f. yeah pretty nice.. huh ? I worked in a sell place and i meet a chinese girl maybe this happen 1 year ago, i liked her and she liked me, usually you know couples went out to somewhere at least to walk but talk to her was like talk to the wall… pretty sad…

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