|Ally reading in the car - she is using the sweatshirt as a shield to|
prevent her from getting motion sick!
|The Game of Thrones, Mark and his other wife IPad.|
I suppose reading allows us to experience people, places and things without any risk (or the packing and expense). I never really gave the settings in the books I read much consideration, particularly when it came to travel. I was and still am a typical sun-worshipping traveller. I have visited Florida, Barbados and Mexico and driven across much of Canada and the USA, but beyond that I really hadn’t had much interest or experience with the rest of the world. I know, what could I possibly have in common with a Geography teacher!
As my reading interests broadened so did my interest in seeing some of the places I had only read about. One book in particular stood out in my mind, The DaVinci Code. I am not a deeply religious person nor would I say I have much knowledge about the Church and its teachings; however, I found myself drawn into the history, symbolism, code breaking and most of all, the settings in The DaVinci Code. It must have had quite the impact because Mark, nine or so years later, can still remember me saying how I wanted to see the Louvre, Westminster Abbey and some of the other places mentioned, after reading the book. I think that was the first time I had expressed a real interest in seeing Europe and other parts of the world. I was totally hooked and along with being a novel, thriller, conspiracy fiction and romance, they could add travel brochure to the list of genre possibilities for The DaVinci Code.
This week, I loaded The DaVinci Code on to my Kobo to read again. While we were in Edinburgh we stayed with a fellow who briefly told us about the research his partner had been doing. She was currently in London researching peoples reaction to the castle where Harry Potter (another one of my favourites) had been filmed. Her last job had been at Rosslyn Chapel, the chapel where the Holy Grail was to have resided. I wished we had had the opportunity to meet her as her work sounded very interesting.
|The carvings inside the Rosslyn Chapel were incredible, we spent an hour|
or so on a carving treasure hunt and saw everything from a bagpiping angel to the
Mason's and Apprentice's Pillars.
|Mark and the girls checking out the carvings on the Rosslyn Chapel.|
I finished the DaVinci Code this afternoon and was thrilled to discover that we had already visited some of the sights mentioned in the book.
|Like St. James Park,|
|and the National Gallery. The Louvre is definitely on our list when we hit Paris.|
|Although Inverary Castle is not in the DaVinci Code, |
Downtown Abbey has been filmed here.
|Meg plugged in - notice the Kobo and the iPod - and yes she is fast asleep, but it is quite late!|
|Reading by the fire at Portsonachan Hotel, Scotland Highlands.|