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A Year in the World: Journeys of A Passionate Traveller

by Frances Mayes

Broadway Books | March 14, 2006 | Hardcover

A Year in the World: Journeys of A Passionate Traveller is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 3.

The author who unforgettably captured the experience of starting a new life in Tuscany in bestselling travel memoirs expands her horizons to immerse herself—and her readers—in the sights, aromas, and treasures of twelve new special places.

A Year in the World is vintage Frances Mayes—a celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitous pleasures found in unlikely locales, of memory woven into the present, and of a joyous sense of quest. An ideal travel companion, Frances Mayes brings to the page the curiosity of an intrepid explorer, remarkable insights into the wonder of the everyday, and a compelling narrative style that entertains as it informs.

With her beloved Tuscany as a home base, Mayes travels to Spain, Portugal, France, the British Isles, and to the Mediterranean world of Turkey, Greece, the South of Italy, and North Africa. In Andalucía, she relishes the intersection of cultures. She cooks in Portugal, gathers ideas in the gardens of England and Scotland, takes a literary pilgrimage to Burgundy, discovers an ideal place to live in Mantova, and explores the essential Moroccan city of Fez. She rents houses among ordinary residents, shops at neighborhood markets, wanders the back streets, and everywhere contemplates the concept of home. While in Greece, she follows the classic Homeric voyage across the Aegean, lives in a bougainvillea-draped stone house in Crete, and then drives deep into the Mani. In Turkey with friends, she sails the ancient coast, hiking to archaeological sites and snorkeling over sunken Byzantine towns. Weaving together personal perceptions and informed commentary on art, architecture, history, landscape, and social and culinary traditions of each area, Mayes brings the immediacy of life in her temporary homes to the reader. An illuminating and passionate book that will be savored by all who loved Under the Tuscan Sun, A Year in the World is travel writing at its peak.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.53 × 5.9 × 1.2 in

Published: March 14, 2006

Publisher: Broadway Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0767910052

ISBN - 13: 9780767910057

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Don't bother A Year in the World is a traveloque. With her home in Tuscany as a home base,Frances Mayes travels to Portugal, England, Scotland, Turkey, Spain, France and southern Italy. Mayes seems to love the different cultures she encounters. She rents homes and shops in the local markets. She tours the gardens in England and Scotland. She sails along the Turkey coast hiking to archaeological sites. She explores the Greek isles. Mayes provides information about art, architecture, food, and social traditions. The traveloque part of the book was interesting. However I became quite irked when in a description of a cruise she goes on to describe a fat person in a white bathing suit entering the ship's pool as a whale. Since when does this constitute any part of a traveloque. It seems that the sight of fat people annoys Mayes as this was not the only instance in this book. My suggestion leave this bias at home or at least out of the book. Further the title is a misnomer as this is a series of trips done over a span of years.
Date published: 2011-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read in small bites so it lasts longer! Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes Sitting in GTA suburbia, isn't it wonderful to imagine a lemon tree outside your back door, even while El Bruto is inside your bathroom. Frances Mayes writes feelingly about her adventure in renovating a house in Tuscany, as far away from her San Francisco teaching life as it is possible to be. She describes the cooking and the food, the marvelous markets with starched white linens and beautiful church art, about which she either learns or seems to know endless amounts. I savoured each page because I didn't want the books to end, so I was pleased to discover her newest book A Year In the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller. It did not disappoint, as I listed even more places to visit when the opportunity presents itself.
Date published: 2007-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good travel reading I found this book a slow read since I needed time to take in all the descriptions of the places that Frances Mayes visited - Spain, Portugal, Greece, England, Scotland, Turkey and Italy. In each country, she and her husband explored one region thoroughly - going to museums, castles, churches and most particularly, visiting the restaurants to try the local food and wine specialties. You'll want to have some food to eat while you read this, I think. Her accounts of the meals they ate in the different places are mouth-watering!!
Date published: 2006-06-04

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A Year in the World: Journeys of A Passionate Traveller

by Frances Mayes

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.53 × 5.9 × 1.2 in

Published: March 14, 2006

Publisher: Broadway Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0767910052

ISBN - 13: 9780767910057

About the Book

The author of the bestselling "Under the Tuscan Sun" expands her horizons to immerse herself--and her readers--in the sights, aromas, and treasures of 12 new special places, in this illuminating and passionate book that is also a celebration of the allure of travel.

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Blood Oranges Andalucía Who cut down the moon''s stem? (Left us roots Of water.) How easy to pluck flowers from This infinite acacia. --Federico García Lorca January, old Janus face looking left at the past year and right toward the new. I''m for the new--no mournful backward glance. Make tracks , I write one night on the steamed kitchen window. The year began with a break-in at my house while my husband and I were finishing dinner. Ed had just tipped the last of a vino nobile into our glasses. Laughing, we were talking about the turn of the year, with Nina Simone crooning "The Twelfth of Never" to us. We''d cleared the plates, the candles were burning down, and outside the dining room window we saw only our potted lemon trees, swaying snapdragons, and yellow Carolina jasmine, for January in California is a blessed season. In a flash, everything changed. A man crashed through the living room window, screaming that he wanted to die, then loomed on the middle of the rug, his bundled body in ski jacket, droopy pants, and homeboy hat pulled down around his moony face. Even as I write this, my heart starts to pound. "Give me a knife," he shouted. "I''ve never done this before, but I''m doing it now." I thought, not does he have a gun will we die , but he''s goofy . Then terror pumped through every vein in my body. T his can''t be happening! Somehow, we''d stood up. Run. My chair tipped over. He lunged into the dining room. I threw my glass o
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The author who unforgettably captured the experience of starting a new life in Tuscany in bestselling travel memoirs expands her horizons to immerse herself—and her readers—in the sights, aromas, and treasures of twelve new special places.

A Year in the World is vintage Frances Mayes—a celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitous pleasures found in unlikely locales, of memory woven into the present, and of a joyous sense of quest. An ideal travel companion, Frances Mayes brings to the page the curiosity of an intrepid explorer, remarkable insights into the wonder of the everyday, and a compelling narrative style that entertains as it informs.

With her beloved Tuscany as a home base, Mayes travels to Spain, Portugal, France, the British Isles, and to the Mediterranean world of Turkey, Greece, the South of Italy, and North Africa. In Andalucía, she relishes the intersection of cultures. She cooks in Portugal, gathers ideas in the gardens of England and Scotland, takes a literary pilgrimage to Burgundy, discovers an ideal place to live in Mantova, and explores the essential Moroccan city of Fez. She rents houses among ordinary residents, shops at neighborhood markets, wanders the back streets, and everywhere contemplates the concept of home. While in Greece, she follows the classic Homeric voyage across the Aegean, lives in a bougainvillea-draped stone house in Crete, and then drives deep into the Mani. In Turkey with friends, she sails the ancient coast, hiking to archaeological sites and snorkeling over sunken Byzantine towns. Weaving together personal perceptions and informed commentary on art, architecture, history, landscape, and social and culinary traditions of each area, Mayes brings the immediacy of life in her temporary homes to the reader. An illuminating and passionate book that will be savored by all who loved Under the Tuscan Sun, A Year in the World is travel writing at its peak.

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"A Year in the World is vintage Frances Mayes--a celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitous pleasures found in unlikely places, of memory woven into the present, and of a joyous sense of quest. An ideal travel companion, Frances Mayes brings to the page the curiosity of an intrepid explorer, remarkable insights into the wonder of the every day, and a compelling narrative style that entertains as it informs.
With her beloved Tuscany as a home base, Mayes travels to Spain and Portugal, France, the British Isles, and the Mediterranean world of Turkey, Greece, the south of Italy, and North Africa. In Andalucia, she relishes the intersection of cultures. She cooks in Portugal, gathers ideas in the gardens of England and Scotland, takes a literary pilgrimage to Burgundy, discovers an ideal place to live in Mantova, and explores the essential Moroccan city of Fez. She rents houses among ordinary residents, shops at neighborhood markets, wanders the back streets, and everywhere contemplates the concept of home. While in Greece, she follows the classic Homeric voyage across the Aegean, lives in a bougainvillea-draped stone house in Crete, and then drives deep into the Mani. In Turkey with friends, she sails the ancient coast, hiking to archeological sites and snorkeling over sunken Byzantine towns. Weaving together personal perceptions and informed commentary on art, architecture, history, landscape, and the social and culinary traditions of each area, Mayes brings the immediacy of life in her temporary homes to the reader. An illuminating and passionate book that will be savored by all who loved "Under the Tuscan Sun, "A Year in the World is travel writing at its peak.

About the Author

FRANCES MAYES is the author of four books about Tuscany. The now-classic Under the Tuscan Sun–which was a New York Times bestseller for more than two and a half years and became a Touchstone movie starring Diane Lane–was followed by Bella Tuscany and two illustrated books, In Tuscany and Bringing Tuscany Home. Mayes is also the author of the novel, Swan, six books of poetry, most recently Ex Voto, and The Discovery of Poetry. A frequent contributor to food and travel publications, she divides her time between North Carolina and Cortona, Italy.

Editorial Reviews

“Those who want to find parts of themselves they didn’t know existed, take risks, have an adventure . . . and discover another culture altogether, with its different rhythms, tastes, smells, and ways of being human—those readers will find in Mayes a kindly, eager, tough-spirited guide.”
—Houston Chronicle
“Mayes is a master at capturing a solid sense of place through her lush, poetic narratives.”
—Orlando Sentinel
“It’s easy to understand why Mayes has become a kind of cult figure for seekers of The Good Life. She not only inspires us to seize the moment, sip the wine, and smell the roses, she also makes us feel it is quite possible to transform our lives, just as she did.”

—Lexington Herald-Leader

“Mayes displays a gift for conveying everyday life through her writing . . . and presents a simpler, less frantic version of how to live one’s life.”
—USA Today

“Frances Mayes is, before all else, a wonderful writer.”—Chicago Tribune

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