You asked and I answered. I’m so delighted that you guys loved my first post where I paired up books and famous places I wish I could travel to PLUS arranged a playlist for you guys to listen to while you read the books.
There are still so many beautiful places in the world I’d love to visit, so happy reading and travel daydreaming!
Where? Antelope Canyon
Book Choice: Dune by Frank Herbert
I know most people hype up The Grand Canyon but have you seen Antelope Canyon? This sight looks like another planet!
The canyon has been formed over millions of years and some of the formations change in color as you pass by them and reflect under the sunlight.
It is only suitable to pick a space opera set upon a desert planet; if Arrakis was real it would’ve been Antelope Canyon.
TW: Death, child abuse, gun violence, drugs, animal death, blood.
Where? Tunnel of Love
Book Choice: Heartless by Melissa Meyer
Now I don’t have any love in my life and I’ll be damned if I have to wait for a special someone to visit this gorgeous landscape. The tunnel is actually an old abandoned railway that got swallowed by nature.
Fun fact: It is said if a couple kisses inside the tunnel, they’ll have “everlasting true love”.
I know, the title did not pass by me and yes it is ironic. But a romance fantasy with an unlikely protagonist finding love in someone unlikely? I don’t know it just fits and shows that even the cruelest of people can fall in love.
TW: Murder, decapitation, fat shaming.
Vaadhoo Island, Maldives
Where? Sea of Stars
Book Choice: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini.
I am certain this pic does not do justice to the real scene. This splendid phenomena is one of nature’s rarest and what’s so bizarre is that no one can predict exactly when and where will it occur.
Look familiar? The Sea of Stars was featured in the movie Life of Pi.
I think it’s pretty obvious why I chose that particular title. The book is a space opera about wars among stars and adventures spanning over galaxies.
TW: Death, torture, non-consent to medical procedures.
Where? Quinta da Regaleira
Book Choice: Sleepless by Sarah Vaughn, et al
Allegedly nicknamed the “Palace of Mystery”, it had many owners but what I find intriguing (apart from the gothic architecture) is the amount of cryptic symbols scattered throughout the place. They include a nod to the Knights Templar, alchemy, and masonry.
This historical fiction graphic novel is filled with political intrigue, assassins, and romance all blanketed with an air of mystery.
TW: Nothing to mention but if there is something do mention it in the comments 😊
Where? The Great Wall of China
Book Choice: Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
The only sight that doesn’t have a specific location lol. In all seriousness, the majestic sight of The Great Wall of China is one I’ve ever seen in pictures and…Mulan.
I would love to see foot on it one day.
Inspired by Chinese culture and history ( with inspirations of imperial china in specific), this book is a blend of politics, mystery, and magic. The unstoppable trio if you ask me.
TW: Violence, murder, torture, poisoning, blood, genocide.
Book Choice: Under a Dancing Star by Laura Wood
This secluded village may not be as famous as it’s glitzy neighbor Milan, it is still considered a World Heritage site and is called “The City of the Thousand”.
In specific what I would love to visit is Città Alta (Upper Town). It’s a maze of narrow streets and medieval cobblestones; perfect for spontaneous discoveries!
I think I’ll have a Macchiato while I lose myself in this summer Italian romance between a witty quirky artist and a prissy socialite.
TW: None to mention
Thanks for reading! If you love daydreaming about traveling as much as I do check out my Pinterest Board where I highlight some of the surreal places to ever exist.
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