I got a picture from Julia Quinn recently. She’d been in Italy last summer and while standing at a corner newstand in Rome spotted one of my books. She took this picture for me to show me where I was. Now I know this could be anyone’s arm in any city, but believe me, this is Julia Quinn in Italy.
You see, the picture came a stricture that I crop her face out, as she claimed she had “travel face,” and while I think she looked great–happy and touristy—she asked me to remove her face. So you will have to trust me– these are Julia’s arms. And a wee bit of her ear.
But more than a bit of travel envy, and the desire to pack my bags and travel the world seeking out copies of my books (that makes it a write-off, yes?), Julia’s picture reminded me of one other thing about traveling–the all essential travel companion. Yes, the book.
You see, it was no accident that Julia was at this book stand–she loves to read like the rest of us, and when on vacation, reading is the happy add-on. I know when I start planning a trip, I also think about the books I am going to take. And in my case, the knitting as well.
Books are the happy companions we bring along. They never grumble about delayed flights, in fact they love those. They don’t mind long flights or lines. Tucked in a bag, they don’t require their own ticket, but they are our ticket to love, adventure and new ideas. Just like travel. The perfect “stay-cation”. And while I wish I was spending the summer in Italy, Seattle and perhaps a small side trip to Seaside, Or, will have to do this year. With a good book in hand, I’m good.
How about you–where are you going or have you been this summer and got a good book to recommend?