One day in the month of May I will walk with a rucksack from Inverness to Sandaig (Scotland). Accompanied with rain, wind and sun. Some places are more special than others. The most special #dream #travel destination for me is Gavin Maxwell’s (1914-1969) ‘Bay of Alder’ in Scotland.
Photo by Anita Evans
It’s the remote place where he lived for almost 20 years. The place where he wrote his books, took care of his otters, planned his travels and licked his new wounds. At the end of the journey I’ll find Edal’s monument at Camusfearna. It’s the exact place where once Gavin’s writing table stood. The house was burnt to the ground in January 1968 and Otter ‘Edal’ perished in the fire.
Photo by Anita Evans
[Editor’s note: The rock visible on the right is Edal’s monument
Daphne du Maurier and Rosamunde Pilcher ~ Cornwall, England
Daphne du Maurier and Rosamunde Pilcher resonated with me, even as a teenager, wtih their tales of Cornwall. It took me many years to get there, but I felt the same sense of excitement Rosemunde Pilcher described as I crossed Brunel’s bridge over the Tamar River.
I think I have everything both ladies have written about Cornwall, as well as heaps of other novels set in that beautiful, wild corner of the world. Needless to say, it’s on my list of ‘must re-visit’ places – and I’m glued to everything on TV that’s remotely connected with Cornwall.
Inspired Book: Mine first and most memorable might be a little different. No other book has ever moved me more to see a place than reading The Diary of Anne Frank. I was living in Germany and stumbled upon a bookstore that had a decent English language section. TDofAF was one of 4 books I bought that day. I read the book, couldn’t put it down…. and for years I’d wanted to see where she lived. It’s took about 10ish years, and a second visit to Amsterdam but in 2009 I finally got to see where she lived.
Photo by Shooting Chris
[Editor’s note: The darker brown house on the right is Anne Frank’s
‘The Shadow of the Wind’ led to a trip to Barcelona, where my son, his fiancee and I followed the map in the back of the book, exploring the various places mentioned in the book, culminating at the fun fair on the top of Tibidabo.
I loved Beatrix Potter’s watercolour illustrations when the books were read to me as a child, and I appreciated them even more when reading those same tales to my children – ‘The Tale of the Roly Poly Pudding’ (Samuel Whiskers) being my favourite.
Delicious… a Tom Kitten roly poly pudding for dinner
It was a thrill to visit her house in the Lake District, to see the beautiful early oak furniture that featured in her paintings, original William Morris wallpaper in her bedroom and walk in ‘Mr McGregor’s’ garden where Peter Rabbit lost his jacket and caught cold!
I then stood and had my photo taken in her porch, in the exact same spot as the photo of her below.
What book have you read that’s inspired you to want to travel there?