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Top 10 Bookish Places I’d Like to Visit Someday (sigh)
10. Robert Frost’s Woods
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake,
These woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening-Robert Frost
9. Washington Square Arch-New York City-
dawn of 19th Century-at night
During a NYC girls’ trip in 2017, I made a point to visit the iconic stone arch in Washington Square Park. It was an incredible moment to walk up out of the subway and behold the massive landmark. An afternoon spent among the bustling park-goers imparted an electric feeling of being a real New-Yorker. So, having been there already, why on this list? The arch features prominently in a favorite novel, The Golem and the Jinni. As they meet at night to wander the city, engaging in soulful discussions on what it means to be human, the characters contemplate the symbolism behind the statues. Viewing it at night would reveal a different perspective and I’d love to revisit it. P.S. I promise I won’t include G & J on every TTT (or will I?)
8. The Cemetery of Forgotten Books
Working in a library has it’s perks, but the secret library depicted in The Shadow of The Wind is a stunning concept. Described as a “huge library of old, forgotten titles lovingly preserved by a select few initiates. According to tradition, everyone initiated to this secret place is allowed to take one book from it and must protect it for life.” I wonder which forgotten book would call to me from those mysterious timeworn shelves?
7. The Room Where it Happens
I ardently wish to be a Bennett sister.
5. Sleepy Hollow, New York
Any time period from Washington Irving’s to present day would be acceptable. And a bookish pursuit I can actually make happen, sooner rather than later, as my husband and I are in the early planning stages for a Sleepy Hollow, New York excursion within the next year!
4. The Night Circus
I feel too much animal empathy to be a fan of typical circuses, but I’d relish a visit to this one. Roaming the magical attractions from the constantly changing bonfire cauldron to a ride on the Stargazer, and nibbling edible illustrations and sugar flowers while drifting through the Cloud Maze
would be a dream come true for this Reveur wannabe. The whole slowed-down aging process wouldn’t be such a bad thing either.
Plop me in a stool at The Three Broomsticks, slide a frosty mug of butterbeer my way and I’d be a happy muggle.
As much as Hobbiton and Rivendell have got going for them, I think
Lothlórien possesses the source of ancient wisdom and beauty that the great thinkers of Rivendell’s golden halls write their songs about.
1. The Secret Annex
More of a bucket list trip, I’ve heard the tickets are extremely tricky to get. But I can only imagine the profound effect that being in the attic space where one of the most published, read, translated and important historical documents was composed might have on me. A true literary mecca of a lifetime.
What say you, bookish friends? What places would you travel to if you could, real or imagined?