First, I am feeling super official today as I now have my very own domain– greenishbookshelf.com !!
This week’s Top 10 Tuesday theme didn’t really speak to me (characters everyone loves but I don’t get or visa versa). So I thought I would go in a different direction. Instead of characters, I thought I would focus on literary locations I love. Basically, I an a super nerd when it comes to visiting places where my favorite books take place or where authors live. So I focused on the nerdiest places. Enjoy!
Rydal Mount, The Lake District, England // Home of William Wordsworth // I love his writing room and the gardens. The Lake District is my favorite place in the world.
Hilltop, The Lake District, England // Home of Beatrix Potter // Simple, beautiful, and picturesque. Just like the books.
The Wayside, Concord MA // Home of Nathaniel Hawthorne // I love the writing tower. I loved the tour of this house as a college student.
Platform 9 3/4 Kings Cross Station // Harry Potter Fan Heaven // Okay, this one is more trendy. But equally awesome!
“Author’s Ridge” Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, MA // Many notable America writers are buried here including Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
The Eagle and Child, Oxford, England // Meeting place of Inklings writers’ group–including J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis and very yummy food too 🙂
British Library, London // “Treasures of the British Library” Exhibit // Includes incredible literary gems including manuscripts from Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte, and Handel, Jane Austen’s writing desk, the Magna Carta, a 1455 Gutenberg Bible, and more. I definitely cried when I visited here.
The Charles Dickens Museum, London, England // Definitely off the beaten track, but I really enjoyed it. It is housed in one of Dickens homes with his writing desk and a huge library of his works.
The Globe Theater, London, England // While I enjoyed Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford upon Avon, the Globe is really the home of the plays. You can even get cheap “groundlings” tickets and stand right by the stage.
Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey, London // A truly moving corner of the Abbey with memorials and monuments to Britain’s greatest authors.
Walden Pond, Concord, MA // Henry David Thoreau’s home of a short while and one of the most beautiful places in New England.
Places I would love to visit one day:
The World’s Most Stunning Bookstores — especially Shakespeare and Co in Paris, France. But really all of them. I love bookstores!
Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth, United Kingdom // Home of the Bronte Sisters
Jane Austen House and Museum, Chawton, United Kingdom
The Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, Netherlands
And that is way more than 10! I could go on and on and on. I hope to continue traveling to great literary sites and author homes for years to come.
What literary sites do you want to visit?