Hi, We're Larry and Kaye Richardson from N Little Rock, Arkansas.  Mid-sixty retired couple married over 40 years trying to balance caring for an elderly parent, playing with grandchildren who live far away, and living a fun-filled-adventure-packed-still-crazy-about-each-other-life around the world. That's our 30 second elevator speech! You can stop here if you wish! For the long version, keep reading!

Hi, We're Larry and Kaye Richardson from N Little Rock, Arkansas. 
Mid-sixty retired couple married over 40 years trying to balance caring for an elderly parent, playing with grandchildren who live far away, and living a fun-filled-adventure-packed-still-crazy-about-each-other-life around the world. That's our 30 second elevator speech! You can stop here if you wish! For the long version, keep reading!

12 Places You MUST See in 2017! 10 Overrated Places to Avoid!

12 Places You MUST See in 2017! 10 Overrated Places to Avoid!

If you clicked to read the lists, I'm gonna have to stop you right here because this post isn't really about that. You'll have to google them. I'll wait. Oh, okay, I'll help you out. You can read some here and here, but then come back and let's talk about travel inspiration and where it comes from and how you decide where you want to spend your travel dollar and perhaps even more importantly, your travel time. I read all those lists! I devour them like fabulous word candy! But while some of that information gets into my head, I can't think of a single time that we chose a destination or avoided another because of a list. Our true inspiration comes from several sources - other travelers, bloggers, movies, books, and childhood fascinations. Today we're talking about books that inspire our travels. One of our favorite trips was inspired by the book, The Constant Princess, by Philippa Gregory which wikipedia said is "a highly fictionalized version of the life of Catherine of Aragon and her rise to power in England." So the book takes place in England, but the trip it inspired was to Granada, Spain to visit the Alhambra! The book opens with the final days of the Reconquista during which Ferdinand and Isabella conquered Granada and took over the the glorious Alhambra. I was instantly smitten! Throughout the book I kept wanting Catherine to get back to the Alhambra even though I knew she didn't, or that Philippa would move the action back there! That didn't happen either. Only one thing to do about it! Go there myself! Larry was already thinking of a trip to Spain, so in a matter of a few weeks we were off on a 9 week trip to Spain and Portugal. We spent two weeks in Granada taking in the Alhambra and Generalife and all that Granada has to offer. While you might not want to spend two weeks there, it was perfect for us and how we like to travel - slowly. We were there long enough to develop a favorite waitress in a favorite restaurant and absorb the atmosphere and energy of Granada. Small things, but they are important to us, and made us feel like we lived there - for a couple of weeks anyway! Have you ever visited a place because of a book? I was in a book club in North Little Rock, Arkansas called Have Books/Will Travel and for several summers the club traveled to places inspired by books. Did you love/do you love Lucy Maude Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables? Then maybe you've been inspired to visit Prince Edward Island, the setting of the books, like I was. LOVED it! Loved Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil like me? Then of course Savannah, Georgia's your town.

Visiting the Anne of Green Gables House was a special treat for me!

Visiting the Anne of Green Gables House was a special treat for me!

We attended Anne and Gilbert The Musical in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Live musical theater and Anne! Two things I love!

We attended Anne and Gilbert The Musical in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Live musical theater and Anne! Two things I love!

Prince Edward Island kept us ooohing and awwwing!

Prince Edward Island kept us ooohing and awwwing!

In Savannah with Johnny Mercer in Ellis Square. Do you know how he is connected with Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil?

In Savannah with Johnny Mercer in Ellis Square. Do you know how he is connected with Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil?

Forsyth Park Fountain, Savannah, Georgia

Forsyth Park Fountain, Savannah, Georgia

I hang out with some of the best authors (or at least their statues)! Washington Irving in Granada, Spain, author of Tales of the Alhambra, which I confess that although I own a copy, I've never read. I did not find a statue of Philippa Gregory in Granada, unfortunately!

I hang out with some of the best authors (or at least their statues)! Washington Irving in Granada, Spain, author of Tales of the Alhambra, which I confess that although I own a copy, I've never read. I did not find a statue of Philippa Gregory in Granada, unfortunately!

The Palacio de Generalife in Granada

The Palacio de Generalife in Granada

Fountain in the Alhambra

Fountain in the Alhambra

I was in such awe of the place that I didn't take a lot of pictures in the Alhambra. It was thrilling to be there!

I was in such awe of the place that I didn't take a lot of pictures in the Alhambra. It was thrilling to be there!

Looking out of the Alhambra to the city of Granada.

Looking out of the Alhambra to the city of Granada.

Here are a couple of bonus places. The first is inspired by both books and movies and the second by a movie.

I know I don't even have to ask you what books and movies are set in the city of Forks, Washington!

I know I don't even have to ask you what books and movies are set in the city of Forks, Washington!

Who knows what 40-year-old movie the Devils Tower plays a key role in? While I can't honestly say that a movie from 1977 inspired our trip there last summer, it was fun to remember it while we were there! No, we didn't sculpt it in our mashed potatoes!

Who knows what 40-year-old movie the Devils Tower plays a key role in? While I can't honestly say that a movie from 1977 inspired our trip there last summer, it was fun to remember it while we were there! No, we didn't sculpt it in our mashed potatoes!

Tell me what books or movies have inspired your travels? What else inspires your travel choices?

Living in Sanur

Living in Sanur

"Tell me what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

"Tell me what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"