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Posted on 2 Sep 2012 10:58:54 BDT
I took my family on holiday to Orgiva, Alpujarras, Spain, twice, after reading Driving Over Lemons. A lovely place to go. Went to Dublin for an anniversary weekend and stayed at Skerries due to the Maeve Binchly books.
Not quite the same, but whilst studying as a mature student - so books were involved really- architecture/design I was inspired to visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada (not too far Orgiva so 2 birds 1 stone), the Muller House whilst on another anniversary weekend in Prague (that made him happy lol) and several Peter Zumthor buildings including the Thermal Baths at Vals (you must go!). Good post.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Aug 2012 21:10:59 BDT
SP says:
Yes the Alhambra Gardens in Granada, Spain which are mentioned in a mills and boon book called the Spanish Inheritence which I read when I was a teenager but did not visit Granda until my forties.

Posted on 29 Aug 2012 12:33:15 BDT
I visited Great Chalfield Manor near Melksham after reading Pamela Belle's Wintercombe Series and it was so like the book it was wonderful. I also visited Norton St Philips the village that she used a lot in her books in particular the battle during the Monmouth Rebellion. It was all so well described that I felt part of history. Lots of places in York are described by Cynthia Harrod Eagles in the Dynasty series

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2012 21:42:52 BDT
BethB says:
The island in the bay at Swanage is the basis for Kirrin Islanod and Corfe Castle is Kirrin Castle - mainly from the first book, but also jfeatured in others.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2012 20:05:49 BDT
Which Famous Five book was Swanage Castle in?

Posted on 27 Aug 2012 22:51:46 BDT
Mrs Jones says:
I have read "My Family and Other Animals" by Gerald Durrell umpteen times, but since it was set in Corfu in the 1930s I have never visited because the island just can't be the same after 80 years, and it would ruin the idyllic pictures in my mind completely.

We have been to Whitby partly because of the Dracula connection, and there is definitely a spooky feeling on a dark night in late autumn.

Posted on 27 Aug 2012 22:28:25 BDT
Lesbes says:
Bergen, Norway, after reading the first two books in the Tea Club series by L A Traynor. Stunningly beautiful and totally lived up to the descriptions. The Bryggen, the UNESCO heritage site that is described in the book was amazing. The second book, Revaltions could be a travellog. Great books.
Shouldn't forget the Mitchell library in Glasgow that forms the core of the first book, Anomalies. What a building.

Posted on 26 Aug 2012 16:24:38 BDT
BethB says:
A few childhood books:

Rye (Malcolm Saville, The Gay Dolphin Adventure)
Orkney (The Boy with the Bronze Axe (Kelpies)
Swanage & Corfe Castle (Enid Blyton's Famous Five)

Also, Burgh Island, because of the Agatha Christie links

More bizarrely, I have a yen to go to Polperro since I played The Lost Crown: A Ghost-Hunting Adventure (PC DVD), a pc adventure game.

Posted on 25 Aug 2012 14:23:11 BDT
I went to Lyme Regis because I was staying in dorset with my aunt at the time and I was reading a book about a woman called Mary Ann who lived there and was a pioneer in fossil science. It did give me a wonderful sense of connection to the place :)

Posted on 25 Aug 2012 06:26:58 BDT
Lynn_M says:
This is something you can do easily now-a-days, via Google Earth and Flickr! The last place I "visited" was Roundhay Hall, in Leeds. This was the home of a chemical manufacturer and became a training facility for nurses. It features in Jennifer Craig's factual account of her days when she trained as a nurse in the early 1950's, as told in her book "Yes Sister, No Sister". Roundhay Hall looks much smaller than I imagined when reading about it in the book

Have also "visited" "Hill House", which featured in the Claire Bloom film The Haunting

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2012 16:42:05 BDT
amenpen says:
I tend to do it the other way round, if I go on holiday some where i seek out a book set there, ie went to Crete and read The Island, went to Cornwall, read Jamaica Inn, Savannah - Midnight in the garden of good and evil. off to New York tomorrow but not got a New York book- so any suggestions welcome

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2012 16:33:40 BDT
Haven't read that one!!

Posted on 15 Jul 2012 16:28:50 BDT
i visited my basement.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2012 15:48:31 BDT
K. Pearson says:
One of the best books I have ever read is Agincourt by Bernard Cornwall. Whilst in France we went around the battle field and into the museum. The weapons were awesome.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2012 15:10:00 BDT
Oh what a question!! My husband took me to Iowa to see the covered bridges of Madison County. Iowa is like Norfolk, very flat!! We did incorporate other states in to the trip, but this was the starting point! We're considering going to Cabo San Lucas....because I like the song!!

Posted on 14 Jul 2012 21:33:09 BDT
Yes. Spinalonga (if that's the correct spelling) after reading Isobel Histlop's book 'the
Island'

And I want to visit the Blasket Islands after reading a book written by one of the last residents.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2012 12:08:40 BDT
Lesley says:
Went to Highgate Cemetry after reading Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffeneger. Wonderful place and worth a visit.

Posted on 14 Jul 2012 01:17:36 BDT
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I visited Bahrein solely because I'd read the book Looking for Dilmun by Geoffrey Bibby. The local tourist office was so stunned that a visitor was actually interested in the history of the island (it's mainly visited by Saudis & ex-pats looking for legal booze), that they organised a free car and driver for me for the duration of my stay, to take me to see all the archaeological sites there. The driver was a local history buff, and he also took me to meet a lot of the local people and made me aware of the political situation (which was dodgy even then).

The archaeology of the place is fascinating, because it has been identified as the source of many of the myths that make up the Epics of Gilgamesh (the first ever written stories, written in cuneiform around 2000 BC).

Posted on 13 Jul 2012 22:21:17 BDT
Have just been to carcassonne in France it was magnificent and I bought labyrinth by Kate mosse for my mil. I did have a copy but had lent it out 1.35 from the local charity shop

Posted on 13 Jul 2012 22:05:09 BDT
Florence because of E.M. Forster's A Room with a View (book and film)

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2012 21:59:06 BDT
Shirl in DC says:
Oh my goodness Yes. I went to New Orleans and loved it after reading The Witching Hour and all of the vampire LeState series books by Anne Rice. I had a grand time and I walked a few of the places and I got goosebumps. I also met a hot guy from Switzerland, blond with gorgeors blue eyes.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2012 17:03:32 BDT
M. Fleming says:
I have visited Crete 7 times since reading "The Island" by Victoria Hislop. If you enjoyed this book I would recommend you check out "Yannis" by Beryl Darby. She has written a whole series of books set on Crete.

Posted on 3 Jun 2012 15:04:45 BDT
Frederick says:
Living near Venice for three years, I often went to the Lido and had a drink on the terrace of the Grand Hotel des Bains (I still do when I am there). More often than not I would bring a copy of Death in Venice with me. I recommend that anyone who likes this Thomas Mann novel do the same. The hotel is still an Edwardian splendour and, with a bit of imagination, you can imagine meeting Aschenbach on the terrace while you sip your champagne!

Posted on 3 Jun 2012 11:03:31 BDT
Frederick says:
After leaving university in 1976, a friend and I drove through France, over the mountains and to Pamplona with "The Sun also Rises" in our hands. I shall never forget Hemingway's description of the beginning of the festival there because it described exactly what happened. "....at 11.00 o'clock, the festival exploded..." It did just that. It exploded and continued to explode for the next week. Unforgettable!

Posted on 3 Jun 2012 09:32:51 BDT
M. Cason says:
In 2002 I was visiting my cousin in New Jersey, USA and I asked her if we could go to Spring Lake, as I had just read a Mary Higgins Clark book based there. It is about an hours drive so we went for a visit and it is just as Mary had described. We were in the little shoe shop ( sadly no longer trading) and the lady told me Mary and her husband had been in there the week before! If only we had gone earlier! Beautiful little town and well worth a vist, we went again last October when I visited with my daughter so that I could show her too.
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