Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Whither travel you?

We were combing through our archives and came across a note dated 2004 from fan and occasional contributor James Card discussing some of his Bellairsian travels over the years:

I was again in the White Mountains last August and have some interesting items like a brochure for Polly's Pancake Parlor, where Johnny and the professor ate in The Curse of the Blue Figurine, and pictures of my cruise on Lake Winnepesaukee, featured at the end of The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt. There is indeed an all-you-can-eat special at Polly's, somehow worth it for the price (almost $20.00; but the pancakes are great).

Among other trips, I went to Maine in 1996 and took the Governor Curtis Ferry from Rockland to Vinalhaven. I have some great pictures and postcards of Vinalhaven, including one of the main street of the island in 1953, only a year after Father Higgins and company were there – it has barely changed since!

(For what it’s worth, it sounds as if James was a bit too late to see the Old Man of the Mountain on this particular holiday.)

Who out there has ever taken a literary vacation to see the sights mentioned in your favorite books: have you dabbled in Dublin on Bloomsday, whitewashed a fence in Hannibal, MO, or wandered around trying to find Winnemac?

How about the places that John or Brad wrote about in their stories? Whether you’ve toured Salisbury Cathedral and Staunton Harold or just made it up to Marshall to take the John Bellairs Walk, drop us a line and share your itinerary!

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