My dream is finally coming true. We are going to visit UK this summer. I have been dreaming about visiting London for god knows how long. It was at the top of my must see before I die list and part of every bucket list I ever made for myself.
I grew up reading British classics like Robinson Crusoe, Robin Hood and Sherlock Holmes. As a kid, I also read Enid Blyton’s books where the children spend their time eating scones and drinking lemonade on their picnics. But more than all these books, the one series that made me want to desperately take a plane to UK was Harry Potter (nobody is surprised to hear this, I guess). The descriptions about the telephone booths, King’s Cross station, Hogwarts express, Hogwarts castle – basically that series made me want to visit London very badly. To add to all these, Harry Potter and the cursed child play is being screened in London. If all these were not enough reasons to visit, even the Harry Potter Studio tour is in London and it is supposed to be a great experience. They have preserved the Great Hall and lot of other sets from the movies. More than 15 yrs back or so, I had subscribed to a newsletter from a Scottish castles website from which I would get wallpapers of some great castles. For as long as I have known, I have been wanting to visit Scottish castles. So I am finally going to London and Scotland.
We are skipping Ireland because of lack of time. Also that will give us an excuse to make another trip to UK (hopefully). Even though Game of Thrones was also shot in Ireland and Scotland, I am not that keen on visiting the filming locations for it. I am not a huge fan of the show since I prefer the books. But Harry Potter is different. I love the movies and the books both, even though books were a lot better. I have seen few episodes of Outlander but I want to read the book first. I also have not watched Downton Abbey so not keen on visiting Downton Abbey or Outlander locations. I am a huge fan of Hercule Poirot TV show but I am not sure if there is anything related to that or Agatha Christie in UK. I heard there is Sherlock Holmes museum and a Tintin shop. Also there are some amazing bookstores all over London. I am not sure how many of these I will be able to visit during my short stay there.
I have been watching “The Crown” and “Victoria” TV series for sometime now which are about the two British Queens – Elizabeth II and Victoria. I like both of series, but Victoria seems to be better. I even got their companion books since I loved the TV series so much. I also want to watch “The Tudors” sometime.
I am also reading some books in preparation of my trip. I owned most of these books already even before I planned my trip. I bought few of these books in anticipation of the trip. I am currently reading “Doomsday book” which is a time travel book that explores Medieval England or rather Oxford during the outburst of plague. I tried reading “From Hell” by Alan Moore which is about Jack the ripper, who was a serial killer in Victorian London but it was too gruesome so ended up DNFing it. I will see how many of these books I will be able to get to. This is just a tentative TBR, which may change. I am definitely going to read Longitude next.
I want you guys to help me with my trip planning.
-> tourist places to visit
-> literary places that I must not miss
-> books that I should read
-> movies and TV shows that I should watch
-> packing tips
-> anything else you think would help me on my trip