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:
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 ….