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A year in the world journeys of a passionate traveller
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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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Acknowledgmentsp. x
Preface: Cupolas of Algherop. xiii
Blood Oranges: Andaluciap. 1
Astrolabe and Cataplana: Portugalp. 122
Spaccanapoli: Split Naplesp. 198
The Sun on Its Throne: Taorminap. 232
Tasting the South: Italyp. 260
Inside the Color Spectrum: Fezp. 290
A Paperweight for Colette: Burgundyp. 327
From Garden to Garden: The British Islesp. 356
Washed by Time's Waters: Islands of Greecep. 418
Bulls, Poets, Archangels: Crete and Manip. 478
Among Friends: Scotlandp. 525
Aboard the Cevri Hasan: Turkey's Lycian Coastp. 559
An Armful of Bougainvillea: Caprip. 634
For Example: Mantovap. 654
Envoi: The Riddle of Homep. 684
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