Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish places I’d like to visit

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl since January of 2018. Jana writes, ‘it was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” In that spirit, link up with your list at That Artsy Reader Girl and comment with your list, link, or thoughts below.

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

(obvs.)

6. Longbourn

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.

3. Hogsmeade

Plop me in a stool at The Three Broomsticks, slide a frosty mug of butterbeer my way and I’d be a happy muggle.

photo from imbd.com

2. Lothlórien

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?

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  1. This is the most creative of all these TTT I’ve seen. I’ve been to Anne Frank’s secret loft, by the way. It is an experience and if you ever get to Amsterdam, you really should weather the lines and go!

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    1. Oh thank you Davida, I thoroughly enjoyed this topic. Whenever I read, even with a short poem, I can’t help picturing myself in the setting if it’s powerful imagery:)
      Oh I shall definitely brave those lines to get there if I get the opportunity. Thanks for peeping my list.

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  2. I share 2, 3, 4, and 5 with you for sure. I loved going to Washington Square in NYC with my sisters but since I already did that I would choose somewhere else. How exciting that you are planning a trip to Sleepy Hollow!!! I am stoked about my Salem trip for sure. I would like to add Hagrid’s hut for tea and rock cakes, Victorian England, Hobbiton (The Shire) in real life, strangely enough King Henry VIII’s court ala Wolf Hall, the tiny remote island where the Scorpio Races take place and the fantastical and hazardous world where Greek mythology lives.

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    1. It’s almost an obsession w/the Washington sq arch for me, can’t exactly explain why but it’s one of my favorite landmarks. It holds a special resonance.
      Wolf Hall and the royal court would be majestic, but I dont think it’s a time I’d want to get lost in, I’d probably get locked in the Tower of London for some faux paus. My husband’s cousin coached rugby in NZ and visited the Shire. It’s really cool but only exteriors, I’d love to explore inside the hobbit holes.
      The possibilities for this list were almost limitless, just tried to pick ones I connected w/at the time, such as, Sleepy Hollow, I hope that comes together for us. Fingers crossed.

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