Impossible to Resist


“Literature and travel are anciently, inevitably tangled.  Journeys suggest stories, stories take the form of journeys, odyssey, exoduses, pilgrims’ and rakes’ progresses”
– Jonathan Raban, For Love and Money


Market day in Montpellier,  France,  October 2016


A good book is irresistible – books told me to travel when I was a child, they encourage my ongoing travel and they accompany me wherever I go.

I felt entirely at home in this part of Montpellier!


aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 23 October 2016


Part of  My Sunday Photo

20 thoughts on “Impossible to Resist

  1. Jonathan Raban is speaking for himself. I did all the research for Passage to Juneau (well, the translation). I wish I were free to travel as much as you obviously do, but reading blogs from all over the world is like vicarious travelling.


    1. I’ve been making the most of life this year – and for me that means lots of different things, but travelling is a big one. I was very ill at the end of last year and that can teach you to get out and do things.

      Translating that book must have been quite an experience.

      I see that you studied librarianship at some point and some of your studying was in UK. Where did you do librarianship – I did it in Sheffield

      On Sun, Oct 23, 2016 at 12:11 AM, Travel with Intent wrote:


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      1. Public or university libraries? Both systems underwent a lot of changes – for the better, I hope. I became a translator, because there were no jobs (absolutely none) for trained librarians. So I was forced to plunge into freelancing. Non, je ne regrette rien. 🙂


      2. A good move I think! I sold a system to Hamburg Public Library, and a few others in France and Switzerland. This was back in mid-80’s. There will have been huge changes since. But I left libraries and moved into cash machines. Now I’m trying to do what I really want – writing and photography (and travel!)

        On Sun, Oct 23, 2016 at 12:53 AM, Travel with Intent wrote:


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      3. I’m happy for you and me, because I wouldn’t fancy images of cash machines from you.


    1. It is a lovely place – I actually felt at home in the city as a whole. And it is on the doorstep of the Camargue and some of my favourite French cities: Marseille, Sete and Arles, to name a few

      On Sun, Oct 23, 2016 at 12:29 AM, Travel with Intent wrote:


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  2. I do love a good market abroad. Just found a very good one here in Bavaria, addicted already and I have only been the once! 😀


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