Vacation reading…

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The view in Mogliano…

Just a quickie to let you know that I have been reading, reading, reading while I am on vacation. 🙂 So what have I been reading?

Well, on my way from Stockholm to Mogliano, I finished reading The Comfort of Lies by Randy Susan Meyers. The story revolves around three couples and a little girl who was put up for adoption. Very harrowing story. Sometimes frustrating–yes, there were many times I wanted to slap some sense into the characters, which is probably a good sign. 

Then two days ago, I started reading The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro. I’ve read all of her novels and there was only one I didn’t like (The Flirt–too much head-hopping for me, too many unsympathetic characters). But the Perfume Collector was a beautifully written novel that hit just the right chords to pull in the reader. Set in Paris and London prior to the second World War and in the years following it, the story revolves around a young English woman and the mysterious inheritance she receives from a French woman she’s never met. As the story progresses, we learn about their connection and the world of perfumery. Fascinating! 🙂

So what will I begin reading tomorrow in between swimming and relaxing and revising my own writing? S.G. Redling’s Damocles!

That’s it for tonight! Back to enjoying being in Italy! 

My writing escapes

Tomorrow I’m going on well-deserved vacation. My husband and I are going to Italy, where we’ll celebrate his 44th birthday. While there, I will do what I always do–write.  And this made me think of great places to go when you want to write. I thought I’d share my list of favorites with you.

The Museum District Bed and Breakfast in Richmond, Virginia. Whenever Tord and I head to Richmond to meet friends, we stay here. Anna, the proprietor, is a lovely woman who goes out of her way to make you feel at home. Sitting in her garden or on the front porch, reading or writing is one of my favorite things to do while in Richmond. 

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Main branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia at Parkway Central

The main branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. When I was in high school and college, this was where I hid from the world (and the abysmal summer heat and humidity). I studied, I wrote, I dreamed in this perfect temple of the written word. Even now, if I am on my own in Philly, I end up at the Free Library and I write in one of the reading rooms before heading off for a cup of coffee.

La Colombe Coffee near Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. Another place where I end up when I am in Philly. I like sitting by the window and watching people go by as I eat a solitary late lunch or afternoon snack and imbibe coffee. The baristas are friendly, and it’s a great place for people-watching. 

ImageVittorio Veneto Caffè in Matera, Italy. I usually end up here when I am in Matera for the Women’s Fiction Festival or the Brainstorming at the Spa. The guys who work here are super-friendly and they always make sure I can have a table where I can write. It’s also a great location for watching Italians on their evening stroll. Order a glass of white wine and they’ll bring out a tray of snacks and a bottle of sparkling water for you. Perfect when you aren’t hungry enough for dinner but you’re feeling a little peckish.

Caserma Carina in Mogliano, Italy. This place is so relaxing that Tord and I are heading there for the third time. I get so much writing done here and last year I read five books in 10 days. Beautiful views, lovely hosts, great food and wine. What more could we ask for? 🙂

What about you? When you’re in the mood for a lovely place to read or write, where do you go?