One of my favorite trips is to visit the homes of authors -- especially of books I love. This started early in my life. I grew up in Hartford and it seemed that we were going to the Mark Twain house all the time. Maybe not all the time, but at least once a year we'd go with visiting relatives. Through the years my family visits included Louisa May Alcott's home -- I thrilled to see the setting for Little Women -- and Walden Pond.
One of my dreams was to see Prince Edward Island, the setting for my beloved Anne of Green Gables. I had the opportunity two summers ago and it was as beautiful as I'd always imagined. The house is Green Gables, where the author of the stories of Anne, Lucy Maud Montgomery, lived with her grandparents and wrote Anne of Green Gables. The house was as charming and peaceful as I'd imagined it -- and it was a delight that this childhood dream was not a disappointment.
It was a wonderful trip -- the seashore and the lighthouses, the friendliness of the people I met and the delicious food. And of course, the happiness of being able to have my long-held wish come true and be as sweet and delightful as I'd imagined.