Flight of fancy

I recently read Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. I loved it. In the book the protagonists – one a writer – take a year’s sabbatical in Florence. At that point I was transported on a flight of fancy to a world of typewriters on balconies, martinis before dinner and the like. It was one of those moments when I was entirely immersed in the characters’ world, and when I came up for air I wanted a piece of it. It made me think how amazing it is when a book does that: takes you somewhere else and makes you want to experience that experience.

Anyway, a trip to Florence is on my list …

… which looks likely this summer, but I won’t go on about that now.

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