Wednesday, August 17, 2011

RTW- Around the World

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributorspost a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs.

What is the most inspiring setting you've ever visited in real life?

The most inspiring setting I've visited is London.

Sometimes books written by writers from across the pond make me jealous. It seems kind of magical to live in a place full of underground tunnels, small alleyways, princes and princesses.
When I think of London I feel like there could be places like Diagon Alley tucked into a hole in the wall.
When I visited London I loved taking the walking tours. The Shakespeare/Dickens one was a favorite and I also like the Jack the Ripper tour.

For quieter inspiration I like Madeline Island. It is an Island in Lake Superior and you can get there by ferry from Bayfield, Wisconsin. Sitting on the beach on Big Bay you can almost forget that you are not on some remote island in the ocean. There are beautiful views and it is easy to find the quiet of nature but also the fun carefree island life as well.

My close to home inspiration is Minnehaha Falls and Fort Snelling State Park. It is an escape in the city and I go there when I need to recharge. Minnehaha Falls has a waterfall and a statue of Hiawatha and Minnehaha.


Alicia Gregoire said...

London's a great place for inspiration. Sometimes I wish I could live there just for that alone!

AKG said...

I *love* Minnehaha falls. I feel guilt all the freaking time that I lived in St. Paul for four years, and only went to the falls once. Once! That is terrible. I am glad you can enjoy it for all of us who never spent enough time there.

E.J. Wesley said...

Ooo ... I'd say Tuscany/Chianti outside of Florence is probably the most inspiring place I've been. The Gardens at Versalles were also intoxicating in an inspirational sense.

As a kid I remember traipsing around our family farm once or twice during the first snowfall of the year. How quiet and pristine the world was is still something I recall and draw off of.

Right now I'd settle for sup 100 degree temperature and rain. THAT would inspire me!


Tracey Neithercott said...

I love London, too. Reading Maureen Johnson's Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes series made me want to go back. It does a great job of using setting as a character, and London's a major setting in that book.

Christine Murray said...

I like London in small doses, I find it too large and anonymous for me personally. I'm more of a small city girl, really (except for the fact that, conversely, I love New York)

Alison Miller said...

One of these days I'll get my passport and travel to all those cool places I've seen today.

Awesome post!

Jennifer Hoffine said...

I would love to visit much history there.

And water is always inspiring.

Kate Scott said...

The only time I've been to London, I was 8. I remember the highlight of my trip was visiting Beatrix Potters house. I wonder if young travelers today go on Harry Potter scouting missions during their British holidays?

Crystal said...

London is so mysterious. I agree, it's kind of magical. It makes me think of Gaiman's Neverwhere with London Below--that city could be hiding anything.

Meredith said...

What a beautiful photo! And London's pretty awesome, too. :)