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I am a bit late with my post for today because I wanted to finish the last few chapters of my current read.   For you see, I am busy Arm Chair Traveling.

The gift of having Care-Givers Syndrome or Adrenal Fatigue is that I can expand my reading time considerably.   If I fall asleep reading – who cares, I will not miss my next connection or lose my suitcase.
It the writers are good, then I can recall yummy fragrances, make the joy of a food a savory idea, and when it is too noisy or boisterous just fantasize without a headache.

I was sad about not getting a vacation this year or even planning one until I remember some of my favorite memoirs and gracious reads, which are still on my Kindle and my book shelf.  Off I went, and I began traveling and traveling – sometimes wrapped in a blanket and cozy by the fire,  always accompanied by a cup a tea.

Frances Mayes is my first writer guide.  The DVD of Under The Tuscan Sun is one I own, because when I am overwhelmed by the painful lessons of my life, I can pop that movie in the player and see how her plans played out – with beautiful characterizations.

Mayes discovers the section of Italy called Tuscany as she is beginning her recovery from a painful divorce.   I like the book better but the movie can transport me out of my “pity party” in a quicker mode.

I do not resent her financial success which enables her to purchase an old house and remodel it in Tuscany, because she is writing about her recovery and her life lessons and her story is not my story – it is not my recovery.  The story gives me hope and encouragement for my own lessons and living.

I have just finished reading book two about her Tuscan Experience:  Bella Tuscany and I am nearly finished with book three:  Everyday in Tuscany

I did not have to clean up after the carpenters, endure the new septic system, or sweat in the hot sun planting the gardens.   I could just enjoy the whole experience and keep my carbon footprint quite neutral.

Alice Steinbach also writes about traveling.   Alice is comfortable in her circumstances but not foot loose and fancy free about her finances.  Steinbach starts taking classes all over the world and then writing about her experience and what she learned and experienced.

Steinbach’s books are   Without Reservations and Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman.

I have just finished the Educating Alice book where she goes to  French Cooking School in Paris,  Border Collie training in Scotland, Japanese Arts and Tea Ceremony in Kyoto and Architecture and Art in Havana.

Steinbach has a clever sense of humor which she uses to wrap around her journey of self-discovery.  She takes a sabbatical from her column writing in the Baltimore Sun; she was a Pulitzer Prize winning writer at that part of her adventure.

Two Great Writers, Mayes writes and teaches in the San Francisco Area and has won awards also, who are able to share the details of their adventures with a tender heart and picturesque descriptions.

Now I am ready for a great murder mystery and some unnatural suspense!

Do you ever do any Arm Chair Traveling?  Do you like to watch pictures of other folk’s trips or read their stories?  Are you taking a vacation this year?  Where are you going?  Will you share on your blog?

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28 Responses to “Arm Chair Traveling”

  1. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    As flights become more and more expensive, and customer service deteriorates, I find that Arm Chair Traveling is actually a great option!
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Do You Believe That “Retail Is For Suckers?” =-.

  2. Patricia Says:

    Vered,
    a Great Option and these books are terrific – 2 of my daughters have traveled in Steinbach’s manner several times now.

    Hilary is doing a castle’s architecture guest post on bikingarchitect.com which is quite a trip too.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Book Review: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay ~ Michael Chabon =-.

  3. Talon Says:

    I must be lacking in the travel gene or something because I am quite content to stay in my area though we do weekend trips to cottage country or to various events around our region. We’re in the midst of a kitchen reno, so travel will be less this summer as time and funds won’t allow much. Like you, I enjoy reading other’s adventures. Funny enough, I just watched the “Under the Tuscan Sun” movie and enjoyed it a lot. I like how the character ended up having everything she wanted, but in ways she never expected.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..An East Wind… =-.

  4. Patricia Says:

    Talon,
    I love the movie too. We have to paint the house this year and my partner has all these biking tours and with no pay for most of 2009 we are catching up.
    Bella Tuscany includes lots of information about the fellow who crashes the wedding ED….and she has a grown daughter, which is not in the movie….Ed also teaches in SF…

    I think you would enjoy the Steinbach books too. She a bit more down to earth financially :)

  5. Tony Single Says:

    Fantastic post, Patricia. I’m with you though when you talk about the relief of not having to clean up after carpenters and whatnot. This is the kind of thing I’d much prefer to read about than go through directly.

    I do some armchair travelling of my own, for sure, but probably in a weird kind of way. I’m huge on visiting the imaginative worlds portrayed in the films of Hayao Miyazaki or the books of Tove Jansson. These worlds don’t exist, but they are based on their life experiences of growing up in idyllic settings. These fictional worlds represent more romanticised versions of the real thing.

    So, yeah, I definitely travel when I go to the floating island of Laputa or visit the darkened yet whimsical nooks and crannies of Moominvalley… and I wouldn’t miss a moment of it! :)

  6. Patricia Says:

    Tony,
    That is definitely fun traveling too…I have heard mention of those books but have not delved into….

    I also like the eating/ food segments, reading just keeps my weight down….I think after so many reads I could not go to Italy and stay fit at all :)

  7. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. as my life settles once I move from here – soon – then I’ll be decluttered with only Mum to be with – so I’ll be able to spend some reading time with her .. and I really want to incorporate reading into my day, as well as exercise .. but one thing at a time.

    Travelling time sounds great .. lots here to read .. & everyone’s recommendations what more can we want .. Happy Summer and Happy Reading everyone – hope you feel better or easier soon .. with thoughts & a hug or two .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Dumbarton and Corgarff Castles =-.

  8. Dot Says:

    If you’re looking for a good murder mystery, I recommend The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson. It was originally written in Swedish and is set in Sweden, so you can continue Armchair Traveling, and it’s excellent.

  9. Sara Says:

    Patricia — I loved all the book recommendations!

    Your post, however, reminded me how much I also count on reading to let me “escape”…it’s a mind vacation. I can visit any country, meet wonderfully funny people and have a grand ole time…just by reading a book.

    I once ran into a person at a party who told me he never read fiction. I couldn’t believe it. I’m not against nonfiction, but fiction just feeds my imagination a bit more.

    So, I hope you enjoy your reading vacations to Italy and other places. I will also be traveling through my books.

    Have a good weekend, Patricia:~)
    .-= Sara´s last blog ..One Cute Squirrel =-.

  10. patricia Says:

    Hilary,
    You have a busy schedule ahead and I hope your move goes slowly- that is like traveling too except with all the heavy lifting.
    Your post on bikingarchitect is getting read and it is so appreciated – Thank you
    Off to read your new post – loving the castle news.

  11. patricia Says:

    Dot,
    Awesome, I added it to my list and it is Kindled too…wha hoo!

  12. patricia Says:

    Sara,
    I love fiction – I could not escape without it….I read just about everything that comes my way – the biggest problem for me is time…and my eyes, so my Kindle 2 reads to me and my library has a huge section of books on tape

    That was one cute squirrel and post Thank you

  13. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. hadn’t looked .. though had intended to .. just got involved with other things .. I’ll do a link across from my blog ..

    Enjoy the castle .. please visit the Corgarff link .. well worth it ..

    Thanks for putting it up .. & for telling me .. bye for now – Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Dumbarton and Corgarff Castles =-.

  14. Patricia Says:

    Hilary,
    Your guest post on bikingarchitect is delightful and it looks like it has had about 20 reads so far…Thank YOU.

    Those architects and engineers never seem to leave comments..we try

  15. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. great – thanks for your post over at Corgarrf and Dumbarton castles .. amazing you visited both.

    Good – at least a few readers .. it’s that reciprocal thing isn’t it – you comment – I’ll comment .. etc .. one day it’ll happen ..

    I asked IT girl to highlight the cycle tour part – so it stood out .. I’m sure she’ll get to do it ..

    Enjoy today – later on! .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Dumbarton and Corgarff Castles =-.

  16. Patricia Says:

    Hilary,
    I pointed out the highlighting need on the biking architect post to IT girl.

    Yep there is a lot of reciprocal work in blogging.

  17. Davina Says:

    No vacation planned this year, Patricia. Maybe a couple of hiking trips with a group I just joined but that is it. I’m content with that. I love travelling but I equally appreciate being a home body too. Curling up with a good book is calming. Perhaps that’s why I’m not able to do that lately; because I’m running a mile a minute these days. :-) I like your taste in reading.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Dial-1-2-1-Muse =-.

  18. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    I just can not believe how busy my days are…and I have to pick and choose – no more that 2 things per day or my energy is just zapped. I think you would totally enjoy these books…they do just take one away…

    and the island adventure blog post – heavenly writing :)
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Arm Chair Traveling =-.

  19. Chris Edgar Says:

    Hi Patricia — yes, it sounds a lot better for me not to be involved in that whole Tuscan remodeling thing — I’ve never really understood the appeal of remodeling your house and having bulldozers and other construction vehicles in your yard and the whine of circular saws in the background for months. The people I know who do it don’t even seem to like it — they say they “need to do it” but I don’t see why. Oh, well, to each their own.

  20. Patricia Says:

    Chris,
    I have lived in a 20 year remodeling project now and we built a house 12 years before that and lived in it partially finished for years, I don’t know anything different! I am now reading her book about now having spent 20 years – 1/2 a year in Tuscany and owning another house in the mountains…but she really needed a working septic system and bathrooms!…

    The Steinbach books might be more your style – taking classes around the world and then writing about it???

  21. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! If you like travel books and a really unusual writer, try to get a hold of “Blue Highways” by William Least Heat Moon. It’s an experience! I love travel stories – just wish I had more time to read. My summer up at the lake is all about painting woodwork, doors, ceilings – (did I mention I’m sick of white?) and eventually I’ll get into the color world of walls – can’t wait! My traveling is back and forth to the paint store and Home Depot. Enjoy your arm chair travels and tea – I’ll be with you in spirit!
    hugs
    suZen

  22. Patricia Says:

    suzen,
    thank you for the book suggestion, I will add to my list…I do have 6 books for review ahead of any more personal reading, but I read while I am waiting for my partner at some destination for his bike tours….and I write…then I drive mr. exhausted home!

    We are painting the exterior of our house for our actual summer vacation! we will be with you…white trim

  23. Mama Zen Says:

    I have been meaning to watch Under the Tuscan Sun for ages. Now, I’ll definitely get it!
    .-= Mama Zen´s last blog ..Review: Spirited =-.

  24. Patricia Says:

    Mama Zen,
    I think you will enjoy that movie…very hopeful and of course Tuscany! food and love…

  25. jannie Funster Says:

    Yes, Under The Tuscan Sun was great. So sweet. I’m a big Diane Lane fan.

    The Child dearly wants to travel this summer, but no concrete plans yet. So armchair travel may be the way for us. As Vered says, flights are so expensive. Anyway, we’ll see..

    And you are right — books can sweep us far far away.

    xo
    .-= jannie Funster´s last blog ..Oh, My Wonderful Heck (2) =-.

  26. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    there are so many things to do…relaxation is important and a change of pace, but I think I can do that mentally this year…and work on saving the planet and my pennies :) Hard on kids.

  27. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    I love your idea of arm chair traveling. A good book can whisk us off to faraway lands.

    I also find by looking at old photos of where I previously lived takes me back to my life “back when”. The good memories always make me smile. :)
    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..Are Blogs Dying? =-.

  28. Patricia Says:

    Barbara,
    Yep good memories truly make one smile…time traveling in a away.

    these books had lovely details about food and people and art…beautiful words