I am looking for an expression or a word that will describe my attitude towards a country I've never visited. In this sentence, I want to show to the reader that I've created an idolized and romanticized image of this country in my head.
MW gives this as a definition to stardust: "feeling or impression of romance, magic, or ethereality" and I quite like the meaning, it feels to be quite close to what I am trying to express. However, since it's a noun, I have a hard time using it in a sentence to convey my thought. Can someone give me a few good examples or advise another word to use?