Lüderitz (Namibia). 'Namibia is a country that defies African stereotypes and this is perhaps nowhere more true than in the historic colonial town of Lüderitz. This bizarre mini-Deutschland is seemingly stuck in a time warp.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/namibia/southern-namibia/luderitz
This is the picture that started it all. While our southwestern US desert is very different, this picture inspired the idea of a girl living in an abandoned place, deep in the desert. It became the novel, Spark Rising. Kolmanskop, a ghost town in the desert of southern Namibia, Africa.
Swakopmund (Namibia). 'Easily Namibia’s finest urban scene, swanky Swakopmund is a feast of German art nouveau architecture, with its seaside promenades, half-timbered homes and colonial-era buildings. Stuck out on the South Atlantic coast and surrounded by desert, it feels like a movie set.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/namibia/western-namibia/swakopmund