Rome’s influence on literature has been perennial. From the time of Ovid and Virgil to the Anglo-Saxon influx of writers such as Charles Dickens, Henry James, Nathaniel Hawthorne and young John Keats, all the way up to the more recent time of Alberto Moravia and Carlo Emilio Gadda, Rome has captured the imagination and thoughts of many great writers.
A French cooking memoir that moves to the top of the reading pile Whenever I am asked the question “If you won the lottery where would you do?” my first thought is always Paris followed closely by Le Cordon Bleu. Everyone has a bucket list, you know the places and things you want to do … Read more
The new trend isn’t about real books versus the Kindle or the iPad. Reading someone else’s book is one of the latest things to do in an airport Reading the old fashioned way on a train platform, but many public areas aren’t far behind. To me, traveling and carrying a book go hand in hand. … Read more
A woman who lived under the Tuscan sun in the early 1900s The villa and beautiful gardens at La Foce in Tuscany. An Italian nobleman for a husband. The stuff of dreams for many a Travel Belle. But Iris Origo’s life was no fairy tale. She endured war, loneliness, grief and privation during Italy’s troubled … Read more
Bookstores, Italian Food & Italy Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore? ~ Henry Ward Beecher ~ I would add to that, “as in front of Italian food.” Most people will probably arrive at Brunetti’s Cookbook because they are already fans of Donna Leon’s Guido Brunetti mysteries series. As a reader who is … Read more
Travel Book Reviews: The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost, A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure by Rachel Friedman This one is simply about a girl, the world and how getting lost can actually lead you to where you are meant to be. We’ve all been there; that moment … Read more
Book Review: Machu My Picchu, Searching for Sex, Sanity, and a Soul Mate in South America by Iris Bahr [easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”0762772778″ locale=”US” src=”https://www.travelbelles.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/41Ex5mumTPL.SL160.jpg” tag=”tbelles-20″ width=”108″]I guess I should mention this upfront and get it off my chest. I’m a little bit prudish. There, I said it and I feel better. Maybe it’s my strict … Read more