The other day S and I were sitting around, looking at stuff online (as we do), and we couldn’t help but notice that other blogs have lots of pictures. And we were jealous. So S suggested we might want to start posting our own pictures of places we have been that have inspired our writing. Here are four to start off with.
S and I went to Budapest, Vienna, and Prague in July 2007 for our honeymoon, and I don’t think it’s entirely a coincidence that we started writing fantasy novels after getting back from Europe. At the very least, these locations provide a shared frame of reference when we’re discussing castles, palaces, and cathedrals. S has been to a few places I haven’t (like Denmark and Luxembourg), and I have been some places she hasn’t (like the UK, Italy, and Russia). But if I say, “I think this part of this church looks a bit like St. Vitus in Prague,” then we both know what it looks like, since we were both there together.
Our hotel in Budapest was right up in the Castle district, which was really convenient and gave lovely views over the city. This was right around the corner, for example:
How could you see that every morning and not want to write fantasy novels?
Buda Castle was particularly important in the development of Wealdan Castle, one of the main locations for the Quartet. It’s where our heroine was born, and it’s where two of our other main characters spend a great deal of time in the first and second books hanging out together while romance blossoms.
The cool thing about Buda Castle is that there are bits of the old medieval fortifications around, but there’s also a giant 18th-19th century palace there, too. So this was a really helpful model when we were thinking about Wealdan Castle, where our heroine’s ancestors have been living for nearly a thousand years. Here’s the new(er) part:
And here’s a shot where you can see some reconstructed remnants of the medieval fortifications:
Here’s a link to an aerial view (not taken by me, of course) that shows that same part of the castle.
In our minds, this became a sort of private park for the royal family, and an important location for our story is based on it.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the pictures. No doubt we’ll put up more when we find the time to go through all the pictures we’ve taken over the years.