I’ve been traveling, partly to celebrate my retirement. My husband and I joined a Tuscany tour led by our friend Ihla Crowley (www.driftersister.com). We spent a week in one villa then a week in another, with some day trips along the way. The combination of warm weather, great food, and interesting history was fabulous. My favorite places were the little hill towns–charming, friendly, and picturesque at the same time.
I read Andromeda Romano-Lax’s The Detour on the trip. While it is set in a different part of Italy, I recognized much about the Italian history and culture around me as she described it in the novel. I enjoyed the lyrical prose and her keen understanding of human nature. I highly recommend it (romanolax.wordpress.com).
I can’t write very well while traveling–too many interruptions! But the scenery and people inspired me, and I’m confident the break will not be a problem in the long run. The people I spoke with and the stories I heard will lead to ideas in my own work. Some things are unique to a particular setting, but others are common to all of us. I can transfer them to Gold Rush Alaska because people are people, and most things are universal. I’ll just have them eating biscuits and beans instead of pasta. 🙂
On the way home, we had a day in London. Like an English literature pilgrim, I visited Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the John Keats House. They were amazing, lovely, poignant, moving. Another source of inspiration!
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you want to travel? Why?