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Top 10 Tues/Top 5 Wed: Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit Or Take a Date To



This week’s topics are so much alike that I’m doing a single post for both! Forgive me!




Fictional Places I’d Like To Visit:







the house in Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca


The Bookmobile

in The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

(might run into you-know-who)



Marks & Cohen bookshop

in 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff





In Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

[or even the Castle Howard, the house that played it in the 80s tv version]



Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

by Deborah Moggach



The Casson Family‘s House

in Hilary McKay’s series


The Penderwicks House on Gardham Street or the NY Apartment of the Melendy Family



The Geisha’s training house

in Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden




The Professor’s study in his old house

(I know I’d be instantly “at home” there)

in The Professor’s House by Willa Cather

Read my review here




Skeldale House

In James Herriot’s All Creatures books



Bonus: The May of Teck Club

in Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark

Read my review here


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Places I’d Like to Take a Date To:


1. The B/B & Bistro in Three Pines owned by Gabri and Olivier in the Chief Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny.



2. Any club where Tony and Chichi were singingTony’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani



3. The Music Shop [book of same title] to find the VINYL records I stupidly gave away



4. That amazing dinner in Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal


Read my review here


5. The Miss Delta Floozy Contest in Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly


Review, from my old blog: What’s not to like about a small Southern town with a “Miss Delta Floozy” contest? Or, for that matter, what’s not to love about a 50-something widow finding love for the second time with a handsome man who used to own a ballroom dance studio? Second Creek, Mississippi, is a town you’d want to call your own. Full of loveable wackos–most of whom are faithful friends and helpful neighbors. Laurie Lapanto and her “Nit Wits”–a group of widows who support and care for each other have a large presence in this small town. And, when their beloved Mr. Choppy’s IGA store is threatened with closure they come up with a fabulous plan to save the story. An old rumor adds spice to the mix. Waltzing at the Piggly-Wiggly by Robert Dalby.




10 thoughts on “Top 10 Tues/Top 5 Wed: Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit Or Take a Date To

  1. Can I be your date for the meal at the Three Pines bistro? I’m hoping it would snow so much we’d have to stay longer than planned.
    Many of your other choices are equally special. Castle Howard has a glorious setting though there were not many rooms available to view when we went – that was 30 years ago though that might have changed

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