Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday: Places I visited which reminded me of books I have read



Welcome to this week's edition of Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is Bookish Goals for 2023, I really only have two of those (and I am already behind on one of those) so instead I am twisting the topic to have the opportunity to share some photos from my trp!

My theme for this week is places I have visited which reminded me of books I had read. Obviously, I need to work on the title to make it a bit snappier, but it is what it is right now.

For context, I am currently in Italy, having visited The Netherlands, France and Italy. We will be travelling home via Singapore so there will be more, but for now, these are just some of the places where I found myself thinking about books I had read while I was away

Bayeux - There is so much history in Normandy, whether it be medieval or WWII or somewhere in between. I found my self thinking about Elizabeth Chadwick's books as well as Sharon Kay Penman's books. However, for the purpose of today, I am choosing to match with The Needle in the Blood by Sarah Bower

Saint Chappelle - Amy Plum introduced me to this place and it has been on my bucket list ever since.

St Malo - When we were planning our route we were looking for somewhere to stay between Normandy and the Loire Valley and I chose this place purely and simply because of Anthony Doerr's wonderful book All the Light We Cannot See.

Chennonceau - I first blogged about wantiing to visit Chennonceaux back in 2011! This book tells the story of Catherine de Medici who left her mark on this chateau.

Louvre - I have read a number of books now which talk about the saving of art from The Louvre. One passage which came to mind was from The Riviera House by Natasha Lester where they talked about the processs of getting The Winged Victory of Thamocrace out of the Louvre. Interestingly, at Chambord in the Loire Valley there is a new permanent exhibition which talked about saving the art from The Louvre during WWII.

Musee D'Orsay - We loved visiting Musee D'Orsay - we definitely did not have enought time thher. Whilst Renoir's painting Luncheon of the Boating Party is not one of the ones we saw, I did find myself thinking of this book while I was there.

Musee D'Orsay - I really wanted to get a photo of the clocks at Musee D'Orsay. They are on a number of covers but this it the one that comes to mind.

Naples - The obvious choice for Naples would be Elena Ferrante but instead I am choosing The Wedding Officer by Anthony Capella

Puglia - As I started this post I was staying in a trullo in Alberobello. I was inspired to want to visit Puglia thanks to this book. We did a walking tour of the town and the guide asked why we chose to stay here and I shared the title!

Rome - We arrived in Rome late on Monday so our main tourist day is tomorrow so no pictures yet!


  1. What a cool list. You’ve been to such neat places.

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-bookish-goals-for-2023/

  2. Thank you for sharing pictures from your travels!

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  3. I loved seeing the pictures from your travels and the books you were inspired to visit them from. I've been to France a number of times, but mainly to Southern France, so I'd definitely like to explore more of Northern France one day.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2023/01/17/top-ten-tuesday-403/

  4. I hope you’re having a good time in Italy!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  5. What a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing these photos and the books that inspired the visits with us.

  6. Excellent take on the topic that you are able to do!

  7. Love your travels! Loved Rome and I love Singapore!!

  8. Excellent post! Books and travel are a perfect combo. And you visited a couple of my absolute favorites - St Chapelle and Musee d'Orsay - I immediately thought of that book & cover as well. It's pretty dramatic. There are a few new books for me here so I"ll be checking them out. Have a great rest of your trip - I've never been to Singapore; hope you love it.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  9. What a fun idea! I love seeing all your pictures. I've been to the Louvre and Saint Chapelle. The latter is so gorgeous, isn't it?

    Happy TTT!