I just love it when I read a great book and have been in the places it is set in, or better yet--get to plan a trip with the novel in mind!
I wanted like everything to visit the Biltmore Mansion when I read Deanne Gist's Maid to Match. But it wasn't in the budget or on the itinerary of the family's trip to Florida. When I mentioned in the presence of the family "oh honey, we should plan a stop over at the Biltmore." Did anyone pounce on that idea? No one. I mean not even a word! Okay, so it was the Super 8 instead--without upstairs downstairs wait staff, duvets, or room service. Sigh.
public domain pic w/ permission via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Biltmore_Estate_-_front_facade.JPG
So, when I saw that my annual medical conference was scheduled in Philadelphia, I signed up and conspired with a more willing travel partner--my dear mom. Then I shot off a quick note to Laura Frantz. She'd mentioned in her book Love's Reckoning (just reviewed last week here) that she'd taken a five day walking tour of the city for her research. (I can't wait to read her next book!)
No spoilers here, but she tipped me to visit Elfreth's Alley, and oh-my-word!! My mom and I were transported straight out of our taxi time machine to the streets of the 18th century. My mouth fell open. It was better than Disney's It's a Small World!
Elfreth's--try saying that three times fast to a taxi cab driver--is the nation's oldest continuously inhabited residential street dating back the time of William Penn in the early 1700's. Thirty-two homes line an old cobblestoned narrow street. It is a National Historic Landmark District--but here's the secret--it's off the beaten path.
So, what book destination have you visited?
What destinations are you your wish list?