A wise, passionate account of the pleasures of travelling solo (even in your own backyard)
In 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 travellerand even in one's own cityis conducive to becoming acutely aware of the sensual details of the worldpatterns, textures, colors, tastes, soundsin 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 destinationsParis, Istanbul, Florence, New Yorkare 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 theme associated with the joys and benefits of time alone and how it can enable people to enrich their livesfacilitating creativity, learning, self-reliance, as well as the ability to experiment and change. Rosenbloom incorporates insights from psychologists and sociologists who have studied solitude and happiness, and explores such topics as dining alone, learning to savor, discovering interests and passions, and finding or creating silent spaces. Her engaging and elegant prose makes Alone Time as warmly intimate an account as the details of a trip shared by a beloved friendand will have its many readers eager to set off on their own solo adventures.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
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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
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
Musée de la Vie Romantique-How to Be Alone in a Museum 75
Window-Licking-Finding Your Muse 91
Part II Summer: Istanbul
Üsküdar-The Art of Anticipation 105
The Hamam-The Importance of Trying New Things 115
Call to Prayer-Learning to Listen 125
The Rainbow Stairs of Beyoglu-Appreciation 135
Before It's Gone-Ephemeralities 143
Part III Fall: Florence
Arrows and Angels-Games for One 153
Alone with Venus-On Seeing 167
The Secret Corridor-Schooling Yourself 177
Part IV Winter: New York
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