Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Wish I Was Here....
'Reaching For The Stars' is the latest novel by the lovely Janice Horton. Following on from Bagpipes & Bullshot, Janice has written her latest book about a celebrity chef. (Very 'of the moment,' what with Professional Masterchef and The Great British Bake-Off being so popular on television).
In ‘Reaching for the Stars,’ the main character Chef Finn McDuff feels he's had enough of all the food campaigns, the TV cookery shows, the constant frenzy surrounding his private life and disappears into a self-imposed exile for a while. Hence the theme of Launch Day is 'Wish I Was Here...' Janice has invited fellow writers to tweet or blog a picture of a place where we'd love to be - 'Wish I Was Here...'
My favourite place is the Villa Cimbrone Gardens over-looking the turquoise Tyrrhenian sea in Italy. It's on the Amalfi Coast in the hillside town of Ravello. It's close to the idyllic villages of Amalfi and Positano, both of which cling to the cliffs like exquisite flowers. I've visited these jewels in Italy four times now, but each time I find something new to marvel at.
The gardens at Villa Cimbrone are steeped in history and famous artists, writers and actors have escaped to its peace and tranquility over the years. A few visitors who have stayed are D H Lawrence, Greta Garbo, E M Forster, Piaget, Winston Churchill, to name but a few.
These gardens and views are my favourite place and 'I Wish I Was Here...'