Top Ten Tuesday #200


Hi all! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these. I got to see Hamilton last week (I know, I know, I’ve mentioned it 20000 times and will be doing so more, not sorry!) and it was AMAZING. The entire cast was incredible, the costumes, the staging, the music (obviously), the lighting, everything was just brilliant and me and all three of my friends walked out of the show after it finished thinking that a) there was no way that show was almost three hours long, it went by so fast and b) that we all wanted to see it again. If you’re in London and can afford it, I definitely recommend going, because it’s one of the best theatre shows I’ve ever seen.

This week is coming a little bit down to earth after the whirlwind of last week, but I am going to see Samantha Shannon at her Glasgow event for Priory on Thursday (Happy Birthday Priory, it’s out today!)Β  which I am super excited for. Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday (my 200th!), courtesy of Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking Places Mentioned In Books That We’d Like To Visit, but since my list of those hasn’t really changed much since we did the same topic either last year or the year before, I’ve decided to change it, and share the Places Mentioned In Books That I Have Visited. So here we go:

  1. Kings Cross Station, London-Harry Potter-JK Rowling

Yup, I go into the same station that Harry Potter got the Hogwarts Express from every time I go to London, so I can’t say it’s all that exciting going there now, but I do know that people come in from all over the world just to see Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross, which is pretty cool!

2. Six of Crows-Amsterdam-Leigh Bardugo

Okay, so Ketterdam isn’t real, but Amsterdam is, and I know that Leigh Bardugo largely based Ketterdam off the Dutch city, so I’m counting it! I wandered the canals, imagining Kaz and the rest of Dregs doing the same thing, plotting their next scheme!

3. Seven Dials, London-The Bone Season-Samantha Shannon

Yes, my friend and I did go to Seven Dials on our sightseeing tour of London last Thursday, just because it’s mentioned in Samantha Shannon’s books. It’s not the most obvious tourist spot, but the Dials are very pretty and it was a nice place to sit and rest our worn out feet!

4. The Empire State Building, New York-Percy Jackson series-Rick Riordan

When I went to New York in 2012, my family took a trip to the Empire State Building. We only went up to the 86th floor observatory, as it cost another $20 each to go to the top, but still when I was in the lift, I was tempted to see if I could find the button that would lead me to the 600th floor and Mount Olympus.

5. 221B Baker Street-Sherlock Holmes-Arthur Conan Doyle

Yup, I’ve been to visit the “real” 221B Baker Street (it’s actually around 237-41 Baker Street, but they paid to use the 221B address), where there is a museum of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia. I will admit, that I’ve only been in the gift shop because there’s always been such large queues when I’ve been there, but one day I will go into the actual museum.

6. Paris-Enchantee-Gita Trelease

Whilst I haven’t been to 18th Century pre-Revolution Paris, I have been to 21st Century Paris, and it was just as glorious as described in Gita Trelease’s wonderful new fantasy, though I have yet to witness the magnificence of Versailles.

7. Aberdour Castle,Scotland-Outlander-Diana Gabaldon

Aberdour Castle doubles as the fictional monastery where Claire and Murtagh take Jamie to recover from his ordeal at Wentworth in the TV series and I visited there with my friend Nicola a few years ago, it’s completely gorgeous!

8. Oxford, England-The Bone Season-Samantha Shannon

The real Oxford is not quite as dark as the Sheol I prison camp that it becomes in Samantha Shannon’s bestselling dystopian series! It’s quite a beautiful city, with some lovely landmarks to enjoy, like the Bodleian Library.

9. Edinburgh, Scotland-City of Ghosts & The Song Rising-Victoria Schwab and Samantha Shannon

I’ve been to pretty much all of the locations featured on the map in the front of City of Ghosts, Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile, Greyfriars Kirk (yup my friends and I went to scout out Tom Riddle’s grave!), Grassmarket, South Bridge and Blackwell’s. In fact, the only places I haven’t been are Arthur’s Seat, Mary King’s Close (which I’m hoping to visit this year) and The Lane’s End. I’ve also been to the Edinburgh Vaults, a location mentioned in the third book in Samantha Shannon’s Bone Season series.

10. Santorini, Greece-The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants-Ann Brashares

My friend Hannah and I visited the island that is featured in The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants when we went on holiday to Greece for my 21st birthday, almost two years ago now. It was just as beautiful as described, although I understand now why she needed a donkey to get up all those steps, we were very out of breath walking up from the harbour!

So there we go, Places Mentioned In Books That I Have Visited! Have you been to any of these? Would you like to go? Let me know in the comments!

I will be back next Tuesday with a new TTT, Characters In Books That I’d Like To Switch Places With, which should be a fun one. Meanwhile, I’ve got a few things in the pipeline for this week, a recap of the Samantha Shannon event on Friday, a review of my current book, Hamilton and Peggy: A Revolutionary Friendship and potentially a review of A Curse So Dark and Lonely depending on when I finish it, so stay tuned for those.






94 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #200

  1. J R Lynn 26/02/2019 / 2:19 pm

    You’ve traveled a lot! I’ve always wanted to see Greece and London so hopefully someday I might πŸ™‚

    My TTT

    • iloveheartlandx 26/02/2019 / 2:22 pm

      I actually live not far from London, so the London ones have all been day trips for me, & I go to Uni in Scotland, so again, a lot of day trips! We’re very lucky to have Europe just on our doorstep as well. Fingers crossed!

      • J R Lynn 26/02/2019 / 2:23 pm

        Lucky you! I happen to live a whole ocean away from Europe πŸ˜‚ No day trips for me, lol πŸ˜‚

  2. Sharlene 26/02/2019 / 2:50 pm

    You’ve been to Aberdour Castle, how lucky!!

  3. anovelglimpse 26/02/2019 / 4:00 pm

    I would love to go to Greece, too. I think the beautiful scenery from that movie helps.

  4. smellincoffee 26/02/2019 / 4:21 pm

    I thought about Oxford after the fact — CS Lewis makes it sound like a heavenly place to be.

    • iloveheartlandx 26/02/2019 / 10:57 pm

      It is! It’s a place in Covent Garden where seven streets meet at this tower with sundials on it.

  5. lydiaschoch 26/02/2019 / 4:29 pm

    I’m so happy for you. Hamilton sounds like an amazing play.

    My Top Ten Tuesday post.

  6. daneelolivaw33 26/02/2019 / 4:30 pm

    These are all dream destinations! I have been to Amsterdam and I want to go there again. Maybe, London first, though πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 26/02/2019 / 10:55 pm

      They are! Amsterdam was lovely, I definitely want to go back one day. London is brilliant, so many different places to see in one city.

  7. Louise 26/02/2019 / 4:57 pm

    I loved Amsterdam! It’s such a beautiful city and I can totally see how it inspired the aesthetic in SoC.

    • iloveheartlandx 26/02/2019 / 10:53 pm

      Yes, it’s lovely! Oh me too, especially since I was reading it whilst I was there πŸ™‚

  8. Musings of a (Book) Girl 26/02/2019 / 5:05 pm

    That’s so exciting that you were able to see Hamilton! I really love the spin you put on this week’s topic. It was fun to see the different places you’ve been to and how they match up with books!

    • iloveheartlandx 26/02/2019 / 10:51 pm

      It was amazing, already plotting how to afford to go back! Thank you πŸ™‚

  9. Hamilton was incredible but I’ve had a song stuck in my head for ages now 😬 I love how you mixed this up! I don’t think I could make ten books that I’ve visited the places for, I read way too much fantasy πŸ˜‚ great list! Although it reminds me of so many cool places I want to go back to/visit!

    • iloveheartlandx 26/02/2019 / 10:51 pm

      Ha ha which one? Thank you! See I thought that, but apparently lots of the fantasies I’ve read either have real world inspirations or are real world places with fantastical twists. Ah so I did my job!

      • The king’s one! And all I can remember is the ba da da darrs and it’s just on a loop 😬
        Ah well it worked well! You did it too well πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚

      • iloveheartlandx 27/02/2019 / 7:22 pm

        Ha ha so annoying! I’d say I’m sorry, but I’m really not πŸ™‚

  10. ChrissiReads 26/02/2019 / 5:22 pm

    I really want to go to Santorini! It looks amazing.

  11. Astilbe Reviews 26/02/2019 / 5:30 pm

    221B Baker Street would be a very cool place to visit.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

  12. Bonnie @ For the Love of Words 26/02/2019 / 5:54 pm

    I would love to see 221B Baker Street! Darn tourists. I went to visit Trinity College in Dublin and because of the lines it took me an hour just to get in there.

    • iloveheartlandx 26/02/2019 / 10:41 pm

      Yes, it’s great but hard to get in through the swathes of tourists. I know it’s great for places to be popular, but I’d love to actually be able to get into the places I want to see without massive lines!

  13. Rachel @Waves of Fiction 26/02/2019 / 6:33 pm

    Paris is amazing! So is London! I want to get to Edinburgh some day. Great TTT, and thanks for visiting mine! πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 26/02/2019 / 10:41 pm

      It is! Yes London is one of my favourite cities. Oh you should, it’s glorious. Thank you. No problem πŸ™‚

  14. danidewey 26/02/2019 / 6:42 pm

    Sign me up for an Outlander inspired trip any day!

    • iloveheartlandx 26/02/2019 / 10:40 pm

      Me too! I definitely need to see more of the filming locations πŸ™‚

  15. Brooke Lorren (@Brookelorren) 26/02/2019 / 6:44 pm

    I’ve been to the Empire State Building, but that’s all on your list. Priory was one of the books I had pre-ordered for today… but it’s so long I’m reading Four Dead Queens first! I’m glad you get to meet Samantha Shannon. If Hamilton ever comes to Denver, we’re going!

    • iloveheartlandx 26/02/2019 / 10:40 pm

      Fair enough! Ha ha I don’t blame you for that one. It’s actually my fourth time meeting Samantha, I’ve seen her at a couple of events before, she’s awesome. Oh you definitely should, it’s such an amazing show.

  16. jennlrichardson 26/02/2019 / 7:29 pm

    Such a great list! All of these are places I’d love to go!

  17. Jess @ Jessticulates 26/02/2019 / 9:09 pm

    Great twist on this week’s topic! I really liked Amsterdam, such a cool city, and I need to go back to Edinburgh one of these days.

    • iloveheartlandx 26/02/2019 / 10:38 pm

      Thanks! Yes Amsterdam was great, hoping to go back there one day, there’s still a lot more to see. Edinburgh is awesome πŸ™‚

  18. agreatreviewer 26/02/2019 / 9:51 pm

    ooh nice list of places! Quite surprised I haven’t seen more of Harry Potter locations today! I’d say under 50%, but like 45-48% maybe! Lol!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT post!

    • iloveheartlandx 26/02/2019 / 10:37 pm

      Thank you! I’ve seen quite a lot, but I will admit fewer than I was expecting. No problem πŸ™‚

  19. jaybird 26/02/2019 / 11:28 pm

    Hamilton🀩 I wish!
    Your list is grand and all would make amazing destinations. How did I miss 221b? What a fun eccentric hangout that would be.

  20. kozbisa 27/02/2019 / 12:47 am

    I grew up in NYC, and it’s really popular in books. I really enjoy reading books set there, because I tend to know all the places they are talking about. It’s fun to visit new places, but it’s also cool when you have been there and can enjoy it with the characters

    • iloveheartlandx 27/02/2019 / 7:32 pm

      I feel the same way about London, when I see London settings mentioned it books, it always makes me really excited because it’s usually places I’ve been before πŸ™‚

  21. Lisa (@TenaciousReader) 27/02/2019 / 1:29 am

    I’ve been to Kings Cross and yeah, it is a bit underwhelming in someways, but still fun πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 27/02/2019 / 7:31 pm

      It’s more just that I go there every time I go into London, so it’s kind of lost it’s novelty for me!

  22. Greg 27/02/2019 / 1:33 am

    Congrats on your 200th TTT! Paris and Edinburgh sound great, and Santorini is on my list of places to visit!

    • iloveheartlandx 27/02/2019 / 7:29 pm

      Ah thank you! Yes they were. Oh Santorini is gorgeous-quite expensive and small, so it’s probably not worth spending more than a few days there but it is lovely to see.

  23. Kelly W 27/02/2019 / 2:01 am

    I feel like an up-side of Amsterdam rather than Ketterdam is… you’re probably less likely to get horribly injured, or fleeced, or kidnapped and held for ransom as a part of some teenagers 47-step plot.


    • iloveheartlandx 27/02/2019 / 7:27 pm

      Yes! Hopefully one day I’ll be able to go into the actual museum, not just the gift shop.

  24. Tracy (@Cornerfolds) 27/02/2019 / 2:58 am

    I’d love to visit so many of these places, especially any castles! They’re all so beautiful!

  25. Lauren Stoolfire (@SunSoar25) 27/02/2019 / 3:19 am

    When I was in London a few years ago I wanted to go to the Sherlock Holmes Museum, but I ended up running out of time. Someday in the future maybe I can get back there! πŸ™‚

  26. rayasreads 27/02/2019 / 7:21 am

    Santorini is in my bucket list, but not because of any books, but just from pictures! πŸ˜€

  27. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1) 27/02/2019 / 11:27 am

    221B Baker street! great pick! And also, Amsterdam is such a beautiful city — I think you would enjoy it so much. I loved walking the city so much when I was there.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/02/2019 / 7:19 pm

      I’ve actually been all these places, I couldn’t think of places I’d like to visit from books that I hadn’t shared before, so I decided to share the ones I have visited πŸ™‚

  28. Riva Chiang 27/02/2019 / 2:17 pm

    Wow your travels have definitely taken you all over! Haha I’ve definitely stared at the Empire State Building when I’m home wondering if I could go to the 600th floor πŸ˜€

    • iloveheartlandx 27/02/2019 / 7:16 pm

      Ha ha they have, all over Europe and a bit of America anyway, there’s still much more to explore. I don’t blame you there!

  29. Ruthsic 27/02/2019 / 2:33 pm

    Awesome list! The Bodleian also almost made my list!

    • iloveheartlandx 27/02/2019 / 7:15 pm

      Thanks! I’ve seen the outside (it’s gorgeous) but have yet to go in!

  30. Jaime 27/02/2019 / 3:03 pm

    So many awesome places on this list that I’d like to visit too. I finished Enchantee after I came up with my list, but Paris and Versailles are definitely on my list now too! So beautiful. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 27/02/2019 / 7:11 pm

      Thanks! Yes, Paris is gorgeous, I’ve been there, haven’t yet got to Versailles though, hopefully on my next trip.

      • Jaime 27/02/2019 / 9:37 pm

        That’s so cool!

  31. Oh wow…so many places that I would love to visit! 😍 I haven’t yet read the Bone Season series or City of Ghosts but it would be nice to see all the places featured in person. ☺️☺️

    • iloveheartlandx 27/02/2019 / 7:09 pm

      Yay! I’ve read The Bone Season, I actually haven’t yet read City of Ghosts, but I’m excited to recognise all of the places I’ve been in Edinburgh in the book.

  32. allthebookblognamesaretaken 28/02/2019 / 3:13 am

    I loved vising the vaults when we were in Edinburgh! Seeing all the different closes was really cool as well, though we did not have time for Mary King’s. The next trip though, absolutely. I loved your list and there are many places I’d like to see on yours as well. Happy Reading!

    • iloveheartlandx 01/03/2019 / 6:01 pm

      Yes, they are so cool! I don’t know if I’ve actually really explored any of the different closes. Thank you πŸ™‚

  33. Sofia @ BookishWanderess 01/03/2019 / 6:33 pm

    I would love to go to 221B Baker Street! Well, I would love to go to London, there’s so many places and things I want to see there. Hopefully some day!

    I have been to Paris and it’s one of the most beautiful places I have seen. Also, Versalles is astonishing and it’s definitely worth a visit!

    • iloveheartlandx 02/03/2019 / 9:57 am

      There are so many amazing places to see in London, you never run out! Yes, I love Paris, such a gorgeous city. Hopefully I’ll get to Versailles next time I go.

  34. Rissi 04/03/2019 / 4:29 am

    The Empire State Building would be an awesome trip as would Scotland! Also, 221B Baker NEEDS to be a place I see if/when I ever get to the U.K. πŸ™‚

    Thanks so much for the Finding Wonderland visit, Jo.

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