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Anyone visited a place because they'd read a book about or based at a location?

Anyone visited a place because they'd read a book about or based at a location?

Sep 5th, 2002, 01:21 PM
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Paul
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After I read that the Holy Grail was in Valencia. I went there to see it. What a waste. That town pretty much sucks.
 
Sep 5th, 2002, 01:22 PM
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Fred
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After I bought my last vehicle (Seville) I made it to Spain to visit the city with the same name. I know - weird.
 
Sep 5th, 2002, 01:27 PM
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Harvey W
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After watching the movie Casablanca I really wanted to visit Casablanca, Morocco. I eventually did and was very disappointed. That city sucked big time.
 
Sep 5th, 2002, 01:28 PM
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Paul R
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I didn't read any book or anything, but I kept smelling some foul stench. So I took a trip to Denmark to see if something was rotten.
 
Sep 5th, 2002, 01:29 PM
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Nancy
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How about Paris and London after reading A Tale of Two Cities.
 
Sep 5th, 2002, 01:40 PM
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xxx
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Jerusalem. Can you guess the book?
 
Sep 5th, 2002, 01:57 PM
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John B.
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France and more particularly Provence after having read Simenon, Ford Madox Ford. W.S. Merwin and James Pope-Hennessy.

Provence has more than lived up to our expectations. Each year for the past seven we have managed to return. It has a strong mystical attraction that no North American region can duplicate.

For more about Provence check out the archives at the Yahoo Group site that I started at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/provence
 
Sep 5th, 2002, 02:01 PM
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On a related topic....
Years ago, I would try out wines on the sole basis on whether they were mentioned in a Colette novel!
 
Sep 5th, 2002, 02:03 PM
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Edmond O`Flaherty
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I really enjoyed ARISTOCRATS,by Stella Tillyard which I have reviewed on amazon.com.It is the story of 4 aristocratic English womem who lived 200-300 years ago.I went to see Castletown House in Celbridge,Couny Kildare-near Dublin- recently where 3 of them went to live.The houses of the 3 of them are still there and Castletoewn has had seven million dollars spent on it recently by the Irish government to conserve it.
 
Sep 5th, 2002, 02:11 PM
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John
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Was always fascinated about New Zealand. Read a ton of books about it. Finally got to spend a month there in 1999. Pictures and descriptions of the country can't hold a candle to the reality of it. Breathtakingly beautiful. Beyond description.
Loved it so well we went back a year later and spent 6 weeks. That visit was better than the first. Currently planning our third visit.
 
Sep 5th, 2002, 02:39 PM
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Mary Kay
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Wow, St Cirq! Tell us more about the semi-colon. How did they pinpoint that it was actually "invented" anyway? That sounds just like a side trip I would make!
 
Sep 6th, 2002, 04:11 AM
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topping
 
Sep 6th, 2002, 04:19 AM
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Yes, Israel & I can guess the book, The Bible. Linda
 
Sep 6th, 2002, 04:25 AM
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Byrd
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In a 1992 edition of Gourmet magazine there was a story about the Cinq
 
Sep 6th, 2002, 04:28 AM
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Byrd
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Trying again...A 1992 issue of Gourmet had a long wonderful story on the Cinque Terre. I read it, re-read it, and saved it, and finally got there in 1999 (in the fall, very few other tourists). Can't wait to get back!
 
Sep 6th, 2002, 08:24 AM
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Pat
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Am I the only one who visited Cortona, Italy after reading Frances Mayes' wonderful books about her villa in Cortona?
 
Sep 6th, 2002, 08:37 AM
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xxx
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Frances Mayes to me is the Martha Stewart of travelogue books. The more successful, the more arrogant she became. Did you know that she moved out of her Cortona house "Bramesole (sp?)" because she can't bear people looking and hawking at it after she plastered it in her book??
 
Jan 1st, 2003, 02:20 PM
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Jan 1st, 2003, 07:20 PM
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After reading Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes" I was curious about Limerick, Ireland. Within an hour of arriving there,I noticed a flyer in the hotel advertising a walking tour based upon the book!
 
Jan 1st, 2003, 08:51 PM
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A bit offbeat, maybe, but Magda Denes's Castles Burning really made me want to visit Budapest. It's mainly about the author's experiences as a young Jewish girl in Budapest during and after WWII, but the descriptions of the city are very evocative and detailed.

I finally made it to Budapest this fall, and was not disappointed -alkhough I had to keep reminding myself that most of the city centre, including the central bridges over the Danube, was destroyed at the end of the war and completely rebuilt, based on the original design, in the '50s.
 

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