Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude

Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude

by Stephanie Rosenbloom

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ISBN-13: 9780399562303
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 167,577
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Stephanie Rosenbloom is the staff columnist for the Travel section of The New York Times, where she has been a reporter for various desks (including Styles, Business, and Real Estate) for more than a decade. She has appeared on CNN's American Morning, NBC's The Today Show, and NPR's The Takeaway.

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Paris; June. The taxi rolled to a stop in front of 22 rue de la Parcheminerie. It was Saturday morning, before the café chairs were put out, before visitors began arriving at the old church, before check-in time at the little hotel with its window boxes of red geraniums.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Witches and Shamans 1

Part I Spring: Paris

Food

Café et Pluie ˜ Coffee and Rain-The Science of Savoring 21

La Vie est Trop Courte Pour Boire du Mauvais Vin ˜ Life Is Too Short to Drink Bad Wine-Off Eating Alone 37

A Picnic for One in the Luxembourg Gardens-Alternatives to the Table 51

Of Oysters and Chablis-Servings of Delight and Disappointment 61

Beauty

Musée de la Vie Romantique-How to Be Alone in a Museum 75

Window-Licking-Finding Your Muse 91

Part II Summer: Istanbul

Nerve

Üsküdar-The Art of Anticipation 105

The Hamam-The Importance of Trying New Things 115

Call to Prayer-Learning to Listen 125

Loss

The Rainbow Stairs of Beyoglu-Appreciation 135

Before It's Gone-Ephemeralities 143

Part III Fall: Florence

Silence

Arrows and Angels-Games for One 153

Alone with Venus-On Seeing 167

Knowledge

The Secret Corridor-Schooling Yourself 177

Part IV Winter: New York

Home

The City- On Assignment 197

Sanctuaries and Strangers-Designing Home 211

Ode to the West Village 223

Tips and Tools for Going It Alone 231

Acknowledgments 249

Notes 253

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