Some Places To Enjoy Life...
- Starting out...
- Before starting out...
When one of my American cousins (who loves Italy and the Italian way of life) visited Rome, she was cornered by an Italian gentleman who delivered to her (in the most charming way imaginable) a lecture on how the Anglo Saxon people, and those from the USA in particular, had forgotten how to enjoy life.
There are lots of ways to enjoy life, of course, but this part of the web site relates more or less to the kind of enjoyment that the Italian gentleman was referring to.
You will find places here where:
- People go out promenading in the evening, or find other ways of enjoying themselves as a community ...
- People sit at café tables for long periods of time, just watching the world go by ...
- People have dinner parties with their friends along the pattern demonstrated in the film "Notting Hill" ...
- Wine is not seen as a "controlled substance", but rather as a natural part of what makes life good ...
- The natural landscape or seascape has been shown respect in the way in which it is exploited ...
In short, places where communal life and nature are enjoyed, and/or where much (not all!) life is lived "in the slow lane".
Luckily, as you will see, the Italian gentleman was not entirely right!
- If you follow the links in the left hand panel, you will find descriptions of some places that we have enjoyed (including some favourite hotels and restaurants), in different parts of the world.
- As always on these pages, you will find a summary of the links provided on this page in the right hand panel. Exceptionally good links are marked with a gold cup symbol.
- Input Always Welcome
- Do you have any favourite places you would like to share here, or any comments or suggestions?
Before starting out...
Find somewhere special to stay
You will find plenty of inspiration and some marvelous selections at Alastair Sawday's, an excellent online guide.
If you want a flavour of what is covered here, read Alastair's definition of "special places".
This site is recommended by our family and by many other people.
Maps and guides
If you are planning a trip to somewhere new, please visit Stanfords of Covent Garden, one of the best and oldest shops for maps, charts, travel guides and related items. (No, I'm not on commission!)
You can walk in there and find just about any kind of map or chart to any part of the world, with the help of people who really know what they are talking about.
This shop has some of the flavour of the book store in the book (and movie) 84 Charing Cross Road, although it is much bigger. (By some coincidence, Stanfords of Covent Garden and 84 Charing Cross Road are within a few minutes' walking distance of each other.)
Luckily for most of us, Stanfords now has a superb web site, and you can also talk to those same people on the phone.
If you haven't already done so, you might also want to download Google Earth, another extraordinary way of exploring our planet.
Get advice from real travellers
Before you go anywhere, check it out on TripAdvisor.com.
Hotels, restaurants and more are reviewed by travellers, and the results are accumulated and organized in a particularly useful way.
Add your own review(s) when you have been somewhere!