I have decided to dip in to this meme but as is my usual habit alter it slightly to reflect more emphasis on crime fiction. So here is my variation of a meme:
1] FOUR places I have visited in Europe partially inspired by reading crime fiction:
Perugia, Italy- Michael Dibdin's Aurelio Zen book Ratking
Stockholm, Sweden- Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo: The Martin Beck series
Amsterdam, Netherlands- Nicholas Freeling's Van Der Valk series
Paris, France- Georges Simenon's Maigret series
2] FOUR places I have visited in the USA partially inspired by reading crime fiction:
Canyon du Chelly, Window Rock, Arizona and Acoma Pueblo, and Gallup, New Mexico- Tony Hillerman's Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn Navajo Mysteries [this visit was totally inspired by the Hillerman books]
Boston, Massachusetts- Robert Parker, the Spenser books
Fredericksburg, Virginia- the early Patricia Cornwell books
San Francisco- The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
3] FOUR places I want to visit before I die.
Sicily- In view of the fact that I have lauded Andrea Camilleri's Montalbano book so many times I am ashamed to admit I have never been to Sicily. The furthest south in Italy I have been is Paestum, south of Salerno.
Venice- Donna Leon's Brunetti
Oslo-Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole
Bruges- The film In Bruges
4] FOUR of the beautiful places I have visited:
The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg Kentucky
Santa Fe, New Mexico
That is "four by four" so all for now but I will come back to this meme in the future.