One of my favorite things to do on trips is to visit places I’ve read about in books. Somehow, having a fictional event set in a real place makes that place so much more interesting! Maybe it’s because I read about so many fantasy or sci fi places I’m obviously never going to go so it’s especially fun when I can go somewhere real.
Everywhere I turned on my trip to New York, I seemed to be seeing something I knew from a book or a movie or just the cultural consciousness. Naturally I took pictures of everything! But I’ll just share a couple today.
First, the fountain in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s lovely in its own right, and all the more interesting because Claudia and Jamie took a bath in it while they were hiding out at the Met, in From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg.
Next on the museum tour, the Natural History Museum. It’s featured in The Night at the Museum, but personally I was more interested in it as Caroline’s museum.
In The One Hundredth Thing About Caroline by Lois Lowry, Caroline is an eleven-year-old girl and aspiring paleontologist who goes to the Natural History Museum every week. She knows all the exhibits and everyone who works there. It’s clearly a second home for her, and I felt that a bit vicariously, even though it was my first trip. And anyway, who doesn’t love seeing dinosaurs?
I’ll save some other places for another week… In the meantime, check out more Saturday Snapshots on At Home with Books!