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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?

Jan 1st, 2003, 09:18 PM
mimi taylor
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I would have to say, Mexico. In my early years I loved the artists and books coming out of there.
Jan 2nd, 2003, 10:04 AM
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Lyme Regis in England (in Jane Austen's Persuasion and John Fowles The French Lieutenant's Woman). It was even better than expected.
Jan 2nd, 2003, 04:40 PM
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I, too, went to Cortona after reading Frances Mayes wonderful books! And guess what - we drove into the middle of Cortona and found that Disney was in town filming a movie "Under the Tuscan Sun." Can't wait to see it! Incidentally, Peter Mayes sold his house in Menerbes because of the tourists and moved to the U.S. He has since moved back to Provence and now resides in Lourmarin.
Jan 2nd, 2003, 04:44 PM
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I read "Rebecca" by Daphne duMaurier as a teen and I finally got to Cornwall, England years later. It was a bit of a disappointment as I had pictured Manderlay[Rebecca's house] so vividly. In between, I read the book which was closer to what I had imagined.
Jan 2nd, 2003, 05:40 PM
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I know I'm in the wrong forum for this but I visited the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia, solely based on the book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

It was as delightful as the book.
Jan 3rd, 2003, 08:01 AM
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Having read all of DIck Frances' books, I visited the Cheltenham Gold Cup races and also visited Lambourn and Newmarket, two places often mentioned in his books
Jan 23rd, 2003, 10:18 AM
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After reading a bunch of Norah Loft's historical novels (based in England),and writing her a little fan letter (my one and only) we visited East Anglia. Most of her books were based there and I was especially fascinated by Bury St. Edmonds (and the history).
Then, last summer I read Miss Garret's Angel (based in Venice) and went there because a very very affordable trip came up and it started from there. I tried to find the places she talked about in Venice. Am going back to find the rest of them!
Ah, books and travel - aren't we fortunate people?
Jan 23rd, 2003, 10:48 AM
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Visited the Scottish battlefield of Culloden after reading a series of books by Gabledon (sp).
Jan 23rd, 2003, 11:21 AM
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I just couldn't put down "A History of Newark".

Wonderful place. The crackhouses have been restored to look just as they did in the 1980s.
Jan 23rd, 2003, 05:31 PM
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After becoming addicted to Ellis Peter's Brother Cadfael Mysteries (also on A&E), I got to go to Shrewsbury, on the border of Wales, where it was set. They have the whole abbey set up as if it was the 12th century (the time the stories are set) including the main character's workshop and garden... a wonderful little tour of the past!
Jan 23rd, 2003, 05:42 PM
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Visiting Stoke Poges, the bucolic setting for Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, was almost a religious experience in itself.
Jan 23rd, 2003, 05:46 PM
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Gion district of Kyoto.
"Memoires of a Geisha"
Jan 23rd, 2003, 06:27 PM
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