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

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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.

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    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. 🙂

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      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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    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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