Top Ten Tuesday: Places Mentioned in Books That I’d Like to Visit

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One of the coolest things about this week’s prompt is how nicely it complements tomorrow’s prompt for the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge. Today I’m going to be talking about places mentioned in books that I would like to visit, and then tomorrow I’ll get to talk about fictional places I definitely would not want to visit.

I have a lot to say on this topic today. Oh, this is going to be fun!

1. Honeydukes, the sweets shop in Hogsmeade.

Honestly, what Harry Potter fan wouldn’t want to eat a chocolate frog or a sherbet lemon from that shop or one like it? Who knows what other magical treats have been introduced to the wizarding world in the last couple of decades.

Some of you might even be brave enough to try Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans. I tried the muggle version of it one time, and now I know what grass tastes like.

2. Wonderland. 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland blew my mind when I was a kid. I loved all of the riddles she was given and how delightfully odd all of the creatures in that world were. This is a place I’d visit in a heartbeat, especially if I could bring a few snacks from Honeydukes with me.

3. Xavier’s Academy.

One of the things I like the most about the X-Men universe is how Xavier’s Academy is generally described in it. I get the impression it was a fairly casual and welcoming school where everyone was welcomed. I’d sure love to tour this facility.

4. The Hundred Acre Woods. 

I will never be too old to stop wishing that Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends were somehow real. Wouldn’t it be fun to go have an adventure with them for a day? Or, better yet, to take them on a tour of modern society?

5. Cair Paravel. 

If you want to see Narnia without being turned into a stone or otherwise vexed by certain antagonists, I’d argue that the best time to do so was when Cair Paravel was ruled by the Pevensie children. It would be incredible to have a conversation with the talking animals who lived back then and see what their world was like during those peaceful years.

6. Avonlea. 

I’m a lifelong fan of the Anne of Green Gables series. While I know it isn’t actually possible to meet the descendants of a fictional character, a small part of me would love to somehow be able to visit Avonlea. I’d hope to run into Anne Shirley’s descendants and hear what the younger generations have been up to since the last story was written about Anne and Gilbert’s lives in the early days of World War II.

7. Rivendell.

By far my favourite part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy were the numerous scenes that showed how the elves lived, especially since they spent so much of their lives doing things like eating delicious food and learning for the sheer joy of it. As much as I’d miss the Internet, I think being surrounded by the beauty and peace of an Elvish city would more than make up for it.

8. The Ingalls Homestead. 

Anyone reading this who has met me in real life is probably chuckling now. I both loved the Little House on the Prairie books and am arguably the least rugged person in Canada, if not all of North America. The thought of me living on a totally non-magical homestead that also obviously wouldn’t have any modern conveniences like air conditioning or wifi is, well, hilarious. I think I would last about half an hour there before trying to call an Uber to take me back to the comforts of city life and away from all of the mosquitoes and mud the Ingalls dealt with so often.

Still, though, I would enjoy that very short visit quite a bit. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s childhood definitely was an interesting one!

9. Avalon. 

For those of you who aren’t too familiar with the various legends of King Arthur, Avalon is the magical island where King Arthur was taken to recuperate after he was wounded in battle.

There was a book called “The Mists of Avalon” that came out a couple of decades ago that retold this legend from the perspective of his half-sister that described this island as an oasis for women. Ever since then, I’ve wished I could visit it for real.

10. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. 

Have you all noticed the slightly sugary pattern in my answers yet? I’m trying to stick to a low-sugar diet in real life for health reasons, so maybe that’s part of the reason why I spend so much time dreaming about worlds where dietary restrictions aren’t a thing and where there are no negative consequences from eating sweets every day.

How many of these places would you also like to visit?

150 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Places Mentioned in Books That I’d Like to Visit

  1. I’m sure I’d get in all kinds of trouble at the Chocolate Factory. Not to mention Willie Wonka always freaked me out. I still can’t believe I forgot to mention The Hundred Acre Wood – I’d move there permanently if I could be friends with the gang.

    • Heh, no worries. I’m glad you recognized two of them. Have you thought about which sweets you’d want to taste first at Honeydukes or Willy Wonka’s factory?

  2. What a cool idea 🙂 I love your list. What you said about the Ingalls homestead made me laugh. I love my little luxuries (like a flushing toilet!) but, in my dreams, I’m a whizz at roughing it *LOL*
    If I’d made a list, Cair Paravel, Avalon and Rivendell would be on it, and the Shire too, I’d love to live in a hobbit house though I’m a bit tall for it 😉 Another one would be the Magic Faraway Tree, loved that series of books when I was a kid.
    Looking forward to tomorrow’s list 🙂

  3. I absolutely loved Xavier’s Academy (also the Queen Mansion from Arrow)!! I didn’t realize where I was until I got serious déjà vu hahaha. The building is fantastic, but it’s the expansive gardens that captured my heart! Highly recommend!!

    • If you like those stories in general, I would recommend reading The Mists of Avalon. It tells the traditional stories about King Arthur in a totally new light.

  4. I’m right there with you about Cair Paravel! I’ve always wanted to go there.

    I didn’t think about Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, though. I guess as long as you’re behaving it would be a fun place to visit! LOL And while I didn’t think about visiting the Ingalls’ homestead, I have always wanted to make maple sugar candies in the snow the way Laura described it. (So it appears that I have a sweet tooth, too…)

  5. Excellent choices! I wanted to go somewhere in Middle Earth too, but I picked the Shire for my post. Rivendell is beautiful, but I think the elves would make me nervous. The hobbits are just down to party! 😀

    Narnia almost made my list too.

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  6. What a great list! I wouldn’t mind visiting Cair Paravel either. And Wonderland almost made my list, too. And I love that you included the Ingalls homestead. I love those books. 😀

  7. OOh nice! Some new to me ones but yay for Honeydukes! I felt like naming all the big hotspots from Harry Potter counts for everywhere we visited in the books…you know, the places that weren’t filled with mortal peril at least! Lol!

    Wonderland made my list as well, as you know! Great picks!

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  8. 100 Acre Wood and Xavier’s Academy are really good additions to the list, would definitely like to visit those. Lots of great choices!

  9. Such a fun list! So many great places–I’d love to visit Cair Paravel, Rivendell, and the Hundred Acre Wood too. I love that Willy Wonka is on your list!

  10. So much yes with the Ingalls homestead. I feel all the same thoughts, but Laura made it seem so wonderful that as a child, I never thought of it as hardship. To be Charles or Caroline though, I’m definitely not tough enough.
    Have you read The Wilder Life? It’s on my tbr.

    • Charles and Caroline definitely dealt with a lot of hardship.

      Yes, I’ve read The Wilder Life. I wasn’t a huge fan of it, but I do hope you like it better than I did.

  11. Cair Paravel in the time of the Pevensies’ would be amazing. Maybe Aslan stops by? All the talking creatures at court. 🙂 Also Xavier’s academy- awesome pick. Would love to go there.

    Rivendell and the Hundred Aker Wood would probably go back and forth as my favorite though- I could probably live happily in either one!

  12. Oh yes, I almost forgot about Avonlea and the Ingalls homestead! I would still give those a visit, as well as Honeydukes and maybe the Chocolate Factory.

  13. Quite honestly, I feel like you could make this entire list about Harry Potter! I kept thinking of places from that series I’d want to visit, but I wanted to branch out with other books.

  14. Going to Hogsmeade in general would be amazing, but Honeydukes would be pretty much at the top of my list of places to visit from books, too! Haha it would be soooo fun (and I would totally buy too much)! Thank you for stopping by Howling Libraries! ♥

  15. So many good destination picks on your list! I got to visit the replica shop of Honeyduke’s in Universal Studios and it was so much fun! I would also take a tour of Willy Wonka’s factory too! I also enjoy Anne of Green Gables, I feel like Avonlea would have the most beautiful landscapes.

  16. I didn’t think of adding fantasy places. Narnia would be lovely. And all over Middle Earth . . . in a time of peace, lol, I’m not made to be a heroine.

  17. Awww!! So many nostalgic places I wish I had thought of. Avonlea, and Hundred Acre Wood especially. Like Narnia, I wouldn’t mind seeing Wonderland, but only on their respective good days; I don’t think I’d survive their lands on those dark days. ;D

    Thanks so much for the Finding Wonderland visit, Lydia.

  18. I contemplate Wonderland but then I don’t know. The flowers are mean, you can drown in your tears and then there’s the Queen of Hearts lol. Great list!

  19. Sorry to be late to the party!

    In The Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell, a group of children are adopted by Merlin and grow up on Ynys Wydryn, a fictionalised and fantastic version of Glastonbury Tor which is now in England. I read it when I was 12/13 and reflected that growing up there would be much more fun than my actual life at the time.

    Later the narrator grows up and becomes a warrior in Armorica (now Brittany), fighting a doomed battle against the Franks. I feel I can almost see and feel the life they had, such is the power of the master storyteller (whose later books were the basis of the excellent TV series The Last Kingdom).

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