Ten Fictional Settings I’d Love To Visit {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

One of the (many) joys of reading is being able to discover so many beautiful new places, without even having to set a foot outside the door. However, sometimes the places just sound so absolutely wonderful that we wish they could be real so we could visit them (maybe even live there) for real. For me, that’s totally the case for the following ten settings from books, movies, or tv:

The Shire (Lord of the Rings)

“I feel that as long as the Shire lies behind, safe and comfortable, I shall find wandering more bearable: I shall know that somewhere there is a firm foothold, even if my feet cannot stand there again.”

Hogwarts (Harry Potter series)

“The singing grew louder as they approached the church. It made Harry’s throat constrict, it reminded him so forcefully of Hogwarts, of Peeves bellowing rude versions of carols from inside suits of armour, of the Great Hall’s twelve Christmas trees, of Dumbledore wearing a bonnet he had won in a cracker, of Ron in a hand-knitted sweater…”

Camp Half Blood (Percy Jackson series)

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“Looking at the elementary schoolers in their colorful T-shirts from various day camps, Percy felt a twinge of sadness. He should be at Camp Half-Blood right now, settling into his cabin for the summer, teaching sword-fighting lessons in the arena, playing pranks on the other counselors. These kids had no idea just how crazy a summer camp could be.”

Cabeswater (The Raven Cycle)

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“If one squinted into Cabeswater long enough, in the right way, one could see secrets dart between the trees. The shadows of horned animals that never appeared. The winking lights of another summer’s fireflies. The rushing sound of many wings, the sound of a massive flock always out of sight. Magic.”

Velaris (A Court of Thorns and Roses series)

“Where are we going?”
Rhys’s smile widened into a grin. “To Velaris—the City of Starlight.”

Stars Hollow (Gilmore Girls)

“So one night, cold and black with no light to guide them, they both snuck out of their homes and ran away as fast as they could. It was so dark out that they were both soon lost and it seemed as if they would never find each other. Finally, the girl dropped to her knees, tears streaming down her lovely face. ‘Oh, my love. Where are you? How will I find you?’ Suddenly, a band of stars appeared in the sky. These stars shone so brightly they lit up the entire countryside. The girl jumped to her feet and followed the path of the stars until finally she found herself standing right where the town gazebo is today. And there, waiting for her, was her one true love, who had also been led here by the blanket of friendly stars. And that, my friends, is the story of how Stars Hollow came to be, and why we celebrate that fateful night every year at about this time. Now, we still have a little time left in our story hour. Who wants to hear about the time I danced in a cage for Tito Puente?” – Miss Patty

Red London (Shades of Magic trilogy)

“Flowers and hearth fire, spiced wine and underneath, the scent of home.
A place of strength and beauty, laughter and music and the steady hum of magic. Power in balance, and balance in power. The palace arcs over the glittering Isle, the river like a ribbon of red light beneath. The regal House of Maresh sits on the throne. And a magician stands behind it.”

Halloweentown (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

“Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
In this town we call home
Everyone hail to the pumpkin song”

Highgarden (A Song of Ice and Fire)

“You need to come south. You need a taste of summer before it flees. In Highgarden there are fields of golden roses that stretch away as far as the eye can see. The fruits are so ripe they explode in your mouth—melons, peaches, fireplums, you’ve never tasted such sweetness.”

Ravka (The Grisha trilogy)

“Ravka is grateful for your service,” Sturmhond said as they turned to go. “And so is the crown.” He waved once. In the late afternoon light, with the sun behind him, he looked less like a privateer and more like… but that was just silly.”

 WHAT Fictional settings would you love to visit?

56 thoughts on “Ten Fictional Settings I’d Love To Visit {Top Ten Tuesday}

  1. Rissi says:

    One of my someday places to visit would be Prince Edward Island because of the ‘Anne of Green Gables’ (80s) films. Also, Narnia – because, it’s NARNIA!! 😀

    I’ve not read the ACOTAR series, but if that image is any indication, it looks beautiful! Also, AWWW, Stars Hollow. What a cozy place. Who wouldn’t want to visit this little haven? 🙂

    Fun list, Lindsey!
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    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Yes, definitely Narnia! I must admit I haven’t read (or seen) Anne of Green Gables, but I should try it for sure!
      I know I’d definitely want to visit (if not live in) Stars Hollow 🙂

  2. Elena @ The Novelistics says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more! There are so many book settings I would just love to visit. Hogwarts and Velaris are places I would just love to visit. By the way, that picture of Velaris is so beautiful! The Shire would also be so fun to visit. The place the movies were filmed is on my bucket list.
    Great list! I loved how you used quotes ?

    I also chose to do book settings in my Top Ten Tueday

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Yes, I’d definitely want to live in the Shire as well! It sounds so peaceful 🙂 Westeros is usually on the list of places people DON’T want to visit (for good reason), but Highgarden just seems so nice (at least from the description and the few looks we had in the tv show)

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Haha yes, Westeros is usually on the list of places people DON’T want to visit (for good reason), but Highgarden seems so nice and maybe even safe… (in comparison to the rest of Westeros anyway) ?

  3. Louise says:

    I’d never have thought of Highgarden but that illustration is stunning and, now I think about it, has definitely jumped to the top of my list! Halloweentown, Camp Halfblood and Stars Hollow would all be wonderful too.
    My TTT this week

  4. Sophie Alex says:

    I really need to read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings!! I totally forgot about Cabeswater, but that is also such an exciting place to visit!
    Does Stars Hallow actually exist? Is it called that? It’d be the best thing ever to go there and re-live the Gilmore Girls experience! Halloweentown and basically ALL of Tim Burton’s movies (including the Christmas one) freaked me out so much as a kid. But I still need to give them a re-watch because they were super interesting! WOW, I love your list! Fantastic post!
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    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Thanks! I don’t think Stars Hollow is a real town, but I sure wish it was! And yeah, Tim Burton movies are kind of freaky, but a town based on Halloween is just something for my Halloween-loving heart 🙂

  5. Angela says:

    The Shire seems like such a blissful place! And Camp Half-Blood would be really cool, too! Highgarden is probably one of the better (safer?) places in Game of Thrones!

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Yes, I’d love to live in the Shire, it just sounds so peaceful 🙂 And if I’d have to move to Westeros, I’d definitely prefer Highgarden to King’s Landing, Winterfell or any of the other places!

  6. Rebecca says:

    Awesome list! I would also have The Shire, Hogwarts, and Red London on my list! Not sure about Ravka, thought – still seems a dangerous place! Well, at least if your Grisha, which I might be. I love this theme!

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Haha yeah, I definitely wouldn’t want to get involved in any politics, wars or tussles with white walkers in Westeros either! Buth Highgarden just sounds so.. pretty and peaceful (even though it’s not…) The Shire, I could definitely see myself living 🙂

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      I’d ESPECIALLY love to go to Ravka to see Nikolai 😉 And OMG YES I’m so, so excited for more Nikolai! It’s been the only thing I wanted ever since finishing the Grisha trilogy and now my wish is coming true and I am so HAPPY!

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