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Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude

A wise, passionate account of the pleasures of travelling soloIn 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 traveller--and even in one's own city--is conducive to becoming acutely aware of the sensual details of the world--patterns, textures, colors, tastes, sounds--in 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 destinations--Paris, Istanbul, Florence, New York--are 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 th...

Title : Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude
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ISBN : 9780399562303
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 pages
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Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude Reviews

  • Tracey Sinclair

    Fluidly written and well-researched, and on a subject that I am fascinated by, though I felt I didn't connect with this quite as much as I wanted to.

  • Randal White

    An interesting, light read. The author explores four different cities in four different seasons. She does it alone, to experience the benefits of solitude that can disappear when you are with someone else or with a group. Basically, slow down, open your eyes (and ears, and nose), and let your mind make it's own memories. It's a great idea.

  • Joanna

    Solo travel and the pleasures of solitude in general are topics that I heartily endorse. All of my trips to Italy so far have been solo adventures. I have learned more about the country and also myself through these opportunities precisely because I traveled on my own.

    With that in mind, initially, I was very excited to read this book. And, parts of it I enjoyed. The author's chapter on her market experience to organize a picnic for herself in the Luxembourg Gardens was equally entertaining and

  • Hannah

    I enjoyed this light read that really captures the beauty and adventurousness of solitude.

  • Robin

    Travel and solitude, mindfulness and savoring are the hallmarks of this book. I have to admit I read about the two cities I was most interested in--Paris and New York--and skimmed much of the rest. Paris is not a city I have thought about visiting but in around 100 pages (out of the total 252 plus notes), Rosenbloom definitely makes it sound doable and enjoyable.

    She mixes detailed accounts of her trips with studies on solitude and happiness and writings on solitude and creativity. Some takeaway

  • Steve Nolan

    As I got into the first part of the book, I realized it was basically just preaching to the choir. It was making a case for why you should travel alone, and that's been pretty much my jam now for like 3 years. Tho I am bad at meeting people while traveling, so the tips it has for that will be helpful! It also tipped me off that Istanbul is a cool, hip place to visit, so that got it another star.

    The overwritten-ness just kinda wore on me, I almost didn't finish it. Also, she described how "no on

  • Kelly (Belle of the Literati)

    While the book failed to really transport me to the cities she was in, the thoughts and research about the benefits of traveling alone definitely resonated with me. She talked about the experience you have mentally when being in a place, foreign or familiar, by yourself and how you really form a deeper connection with your surrounding than you would when traveling with somebody. What I really loved was how she described the almost nirvana feeling when you are able to acutely savor the quiet mome ...more

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    (Although I did read this in egalley form, I verified quotations with the final version.)

    "Alone, there's no need for an itinerary. Walk, and the day arranges itself."

    Stephanie Rosenbloom takes on four cities to try to (re)discover the pleasure of solo travel - Paris, Istanbul, Florence, and New York City (where she lives.) I truly loved her ruminations and observations along the way, and feel like buying this for every friend who travels solo, whether that is a luxury of retirement or a necessit

    "When preparing for a trip, we can read about architecture and restaurants. But what ultimately breathes life into the daydreams of anticipation are the people we encounter when we're actually there."
    The Paris section seemed to be about the little secrets hidden everywhere if you notice them, while the Istanbul section seemed to be more about the people, whether or not she interacted them. Sometimes their mere presence (and noticing them) would alter her experience.

    She also talks about anticipation, which I've discovered is sometimes my favorite part of a trip (she also balances this by frequently reminding the reader not to be wedded to an itinerary; to allow for discovery).
    "To anticipate is to court joy, to fall in love with a place the way it is in a book or a movie or an Eartha Kitt song. But to stay open to the unexpected is to embrace anticipation - to know that it serves its purpose before the journey begins and must then be set aside for reality, for whatever beautiful, strange, unpredictable thing awaits when we step off the ferry."
    Occasionally, Rosenbloom highlights terms that other cultures use to describe travel, from the Japanese wabi-sabi (seeing beauty in imperfection/impermanence) and the Turkish huzun (communal melancholy) - one more way of noticing, by putting on new eyes.

    At the end, Rosenbloom includes suggestions for how to learn to be more comfortable talking with strangers, tips for safety while traveling, and other resources.

    Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy through Edelweiss.. I first discussed the book after a round of book speed dating on Reading Envy Podcast Episode 120, and knew I'd want to finish it. It came out June 5, 2018. ...more