A wise, passionate account of the pleasures of travelling soloIn our increasingly frantic daily lives, many people are genuinely fearful of the prospect of solitude, but time alone can be both rich and restorative, especially when travelling. Through on-the-ground reporting and recounting the experiences of artists, writers, and innovators who cherished solitude, Stephanie Rosenbloom considers how being alone as a traveller--and even in one's own city--is conducive to becoming acutely aware of the sensual details of the world--patterns, textures, colors, tastes, sounds--in ways that are difficult to do in the company of others.Alone Time is divided into four parts, each set in a different city, in a different season, in a single year. The destinations--Paris, Istanbul, Florence, New York--are all pedestrian-friendly, allowing travelers to slow down and appreciate casual pleasures instead of hurtling through museums and posting photos to Instagram. Each section spotlights a different th...
|Title||:||Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
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Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude Reviews
Travel and solitude, mindfulness and savoring are the hallmarks of this book. I have to admit I read about the two cities I was most interested in--Paris and New York--and skimmed much of the rest. Paris is not a city I have thought about visiting but in around 100 pages (out of the total 252 plus notes), Rosenbloom definitely makes it sound doable and enjoyable.
She mixes detailed accounts of her trips with studies on solitude and happiness and writings on solitude and creativity. Some takeaway ...more
Easy to read with useful information on how to travel alone and some of the benefits of being a single traveler.
Stephanie Rosenbloom has done a thing that I'm dreaming about - she's travelled alone to four different cities. I don't actually have to travel around the world but being alone is high on my list of priorities. You know, I'm actually never alone, there is always someone around me, be it at work or at home, and a solitary minute is like a Utopia Island. I think I wouldn't be afraid of travelling alone, I'd enjoy every single minute and use it in exactly the same way Stephanie Rosenbloom did.
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As a mother of three I must admit alone time seems like a distance memory and one that i’d have no problem filling! However I very much enjoyed the journey to the four countries that the author takes us on. I don’t think I’d ever dare to travel to a foreign country on my own, to a place where I knew no one, but I admire Stephanie for having the courage to do it.
The four cities (Paris, Istanbul, Florence and New York) are vividly described by the author so that the reader feels like they are the ...more
An interesting, light read. The author explores four different cities in four different seasons. She does it alone, to experience the benefits of solitude that can disappear when you are with someone else or with a group. Basically, slow down, open your eyes (and ears, and nose), and let your mind make it's own memories. It's a great idea.
Fluidly written and well-researched, and on a subject that I am fascinated by, though I felt I didn't connect with this quite as much as I wanted to.
As someone who definitely values alone time, likes time on my own and is interested in solo travelling, it made for an interesting, eye opening and somewhat relatable read. To me it's a mix between an intimate, detailed account of solo travelling as well as a travel guide and mindfulness/self help guide with quotes, studies and statistics.
The main negative was the repetition, especially the phrases: 'slipped my finger into the handle of my coffee cup', 'slid my finger through the tasseled keycha ...more
A light to read and enjoyable travel book with a lot of reflections on solitude.
Even if it's a light read it's full of food for thought.
Many thanks to Viking and Edelweiss for this ARC