Thursday, February 3, 2011

Vacation Planning through Literature?

Literary Blog Hop

The Blue Bookcase blog hop question of the week is "What setting (time or place) from a book or story would you most like to visit? Eudora Welty said that, "Being shown how to locate, to place, any account is what does most toward making us believe it...," so in what location would you most like to hang out?"

I saw an episode of Antiques Roadshow from the lakes district in England. This is where Beatrix Potter lived and, as part of the show, they had a tour of her home in which they showed how she had used it as the setting for her Peter Rabbit stories. The illustrations from the original editions are quite recognizable, particularly Mr. McGregor's garden. The host of the show held up a copy of an illustration of the garden gate while standing next to Potter's garden gate.

The lake district is a green, hilly, rural place, quiet and peaceful. I would enjoy spending a week or so there. Then I'd be ready to go on a rafting tour of the Grand Canyon and visit the places described by Johns Wesley Powell in The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons.

While you're here, I would like to call your attention to my call for submissions for the Book Review Blog Carnival, which I will be hosting this coming Sunday.


  1. Nothing like the present times for me! And would love to visit each and every part of the world..

    Here is my Literary Blog Hop: Setting (time or place) post!

  2. Now that sounds lovely as well!

  3. love the lake district, it's a fantasticly beautiful place.

  4. Agree with all the above comments - and the interesting thing is that Beatrix Potter herself was responsible for keeping the wild beauty of the Lake District as it is. She used her substantial royalties to buy farms and lakeside land and ensure their conservation.

  5. The Lake District was a favorite of the Romantic poets, too.

  6. That sounds like a great pick! I love England and Beatrix Potter but haven't visited the Lake District. I picked the "wilder" part of England, the settings of The Secret Garden and Return of the Native. Not sure I'd want to live there but would love to visit.

  7. I've been to the Lake District just once, but it's very beautiful there. Great idea!

    Check where I am going here:

  8. Great choice.

    Stop by my blog for my answer.


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