I have read so many different books that are set in many different spots all over the world. When I am reading these books, I always try to picture what that place looks like today and how it would differ from the descriptions in the book. When I read historical fiction books, I think about how interesting it would be to go to these places and see firsthand where the book is referring to and what events happened there. Below I describe what my top three book locations I want to visit are…
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
Location- Kefalonia, Greece
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is set on the island of Kefalonia, Greece. It follows the villagers from World War II through to modern-day Greece. It gives vivid details to the island’s hilly mountains, the small towns within the island, and the beautiful views of the ocean. Each time the author described the island, I had the urge to visit it.
A Long Petal of the Sea
Location- Catalonia, Spain
A Long Petal of the Sea is set in multiple locations, but the primary home of the books’ characters were in Catalonia, Spain. Although the book doesn’t spend too much time talking about the beautiful landscape, it does offer enough to entice someone to visit this Spanish province. For me, what attracts me, even more, is the history of this spot. Between the authors’ description of Catalonia’s beauty and the historical events that take place there, I realize I would love to one day visit Catalonia, Spain.
My Life in France and The Nightingale
Location- French countryside
Both of these books feature more than one setting, but the French countryside stands out the most. The way Julia Child discusses her home in the French countryside would make anyone dream of visiting. In The Nightingale, you see the experiences of a small French town outside of Paris. In both cases, I find myself hoping to one day be able to visit these places and think of these two books while I am there.
What are some places you would like to visit from the books you have read?