Wednesday, July 06, 2011

More Uses For The Internet

I just read an old novel from 1971 that was set in Bergen, Norway. So to get the feel of the place I went to Google Earth to look around. Also some important scenes are set around the Stavkirke of Fantoft. It was described in such a way that I couldn't quite picture it, but I could look it up and there it was (pictured above). I also was able to see what a funicular looked like.
I first did this years ago when I read The DaVinci Code. Every time a painting was described, I would look it up to see for myself. Maybe it's because my brain is like that of a small child, but it's kind of nice to have pictures to go with my stories.


Jazz said...

Call me stupid, but I never thought to do that. It's a cool idea.

VioletSky said...

I use the internet when watching old movies to check on the actors I can't quite identify.

...and I would most certainly do what you did... if I read more books at home (I always tend to take them with me to the park or cafe, etc and I forget when I get home)

geewits said...

~~I would never call you stupid!

~~We are always stopping movies as soon as we see some actor and start going "Where do we know her/him from?" We always look them up. As for old movies, I think we already know who they all are because we are huge old movie buffs.

lgsquirrel said...

What a great idea! I was curious about the title of the book you are reading.

geewits said...

~~It's a Phyllis Whitney book, Listen For The Whisperer. She writes suspense/romance stuff. It's light summer reading.

lgsquirrel said...

Thanks. I asked because I imagine that it is rare to have a novel that is set in Bergen.

Carole said...

Gee, I love how you always illustrate your work!
I rode a funicular in Pittsburgh, PA with my dad in 1977! It is affectionately referred to as "The Incline".