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Apr 06

Travel Inspired by Books!

Posted on April 6, 2018 at 3:47 PM by Lindsey Kult

“They reached town - a charming covered bridge, a steepled church. Because it was a heavy-lidded, gray day, all of the twinkling Christmas lights were on. Snow-dusted wreaths hung from lampposts. They strolled past shops with cheese and chutney, maple syrup, nutcrackers, wind chimes, pottery…” -Elin Hilderbrand, The Castaways

Sometimes you love a book so much that not only do you not want it to end, but you want to visit where the book takes place to relive the magic! Even though “it’s just a book,” you might already feel like you’ve been there and want to experience it in person. Here at Howard Miller Public Library, the staff members have certain books that have inspired their travel bucket list. Do you have a book that made you want to plan a trip?


Staff Member: Lindsey

Book: Agatha Raisin Series, by M.C. Beaton

Location: The Cotswolds, UK

Why She Wants to Travel There: “Despite all the murder that apparently happens in the sleepy Cotswolds, it sounds like a wonderful place to vacation! The villages are quiet, friendly, and cozy. Each village has a pub with classic British pub food and plenty of green hills to ‘ramble’ across. The villages are made up of small cottages, which tend to have incredible gardens and the bridges over the rivers are gorgeous. While there doesn’t seem to be much in terms of tourist traps (a good thing, right?), each village is full of history, beauty, and charm! A perfect place to relax and unwind.” tpei013_js_anne_lake_shining_waters_0811

Staff Member: Susan

Book: Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery

Location: Prince Edward Island

Why She Wants to Travel There: “Wind-swept dune grass, quaint villages, and simple small-town life are captured so wonderfully in Mongomery’s Anne of Green Gables that I have wanted to visit since I first read the books when I was young!  I loved reading about Anne’s predicaments and friendships along with the descriptions of this charming place. Prince Edward Island almost feels like one of the characters! I hope someday to experience Anne-girl’s world—to stay in an old farmhouse, looking out over what may have been Anne’s “Lake of Shining Waters” and lose myself all over again in one of the books.”


Staff Member: Miss Jess

Book: Elin Hilderbrand books

Location: Nantucket, Massachusetts

Why She Wants to Travel There: “Hilderbrand makes Nantucket summers sparkle with amazing local restaurants, beautiful beaches, and drives through the charming outskirts of the island. Doesn’t everyone want to own a Land Rover or Jeep? The winters are steeped in fresh-cut garland, local tradition, and a touch of mistletoe. Her characters either are life islanders or they return from the mainland and never want to leave. I can totally understand why!”


Staff Member: Mary

Book: Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie

Location: Across Europe and the Middle East

Why She Wants to Travel There: “I recently read Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Most of the cities on the Orient Express train route are well-known from listening to the news of the Middle East—often as places of conflict. I wished for the nostalgic experience of traveling this route by train, and visiting these cities—Calais, Paris, Milan, Venice, Belgrade, Istanbul, Aleppo, Athens--when they were exotic business or vacation destinations. Wouldn’t it be relaxing to view the southern European scenery through a train window, and be served in the luxurious dining car by the likes of very proper M. Bouc? Of course, I could do without the train being stuck in a snowdrift for days, as happens in Christie’s famous murder mystery!

The Orient Express was a favored mode of travel for Europe’s wealthy and high-born. It became known as the King of Trains and the Train of Kings. Europe by luxury train, anyone?”