I’m currently jaunting about Barcelona on our annual family vacation and whenever I travel, I try to use the places I visit as inspiration for my stories. Today, we visited the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia (Basilica of the Sacred Family), which has been under construction since 1882 (and still not completed). While it’s breathtakingly beautiful, it’s a bit hard for me to imagine using in any of my books, given they take place in the early 1800s.
However, I could definitely picture Michaeline’s characters in a place like this…something designed during the Belle Époque.
We also visited another church, one more up my alley…a traditional Gothic cathedral, the Cathedral of Barcelona.
Now this is someplace I could see characters in my books meeting in secret, with the stained glass and dark/light contrast creating patterns of colors and shadow.
What places have you visited that have provided inspiration? Do you keep a folder of images that you use for inspiration?