If you ask a bit more of your travels than “Where is the Big Mac?”…if you want to truly absorb the local culture, the arts, the literature…(well of course we know you want the literature–that’s why you are here)…I have three sites to recommend to you.
My Melange Robin Locker fell in love with Italy, and then cheated on her first love by also falling in love with France. She brings the culture of Europe back to America in her blog, My Melange.As the title indicates, she covers a little of this and a little of that. She also will help you organize your own trip to Italy or France.
Angela K. Nickerson calls her blog Gypsy’s Guide. She has written a book on Michelangelo’s Rome, so her blog focuses on Italy. She spotlights books, art works and other cultural attractions of Italy. Nickerson also leads tours to Rome, explained at Michelangelo in Italy. With her truly beautiful site, Nickerson makes it almost impossible not to travel to Italy.
Laura Byrne Paquet also offers up linked web sites. Facing the Street advises on how to make the most of travel with local experiences, and La Vida Local (Spanglish for the local life) follows up with specific advice about apartment and other long-term arrangements. Facing the Street gives me interesting information every time I drop by, and I know I can count on it, because Paquet is a many-times book author and frequently published articles writer. She knows how to find information and make sure it is correct. Viva!
Have you checked out these web sites and found something of value? Please leave them a comment and tell them you came from A Traveler’s Library. Thanks.