Friday Fun: A Plenitude of Bookshops

After libraries, bookshops are my second favourite place to spend time. So here’s a selection of bookshop Friday Funs that I’ve gathered over the years. And hope St. Nicholas has brought lots of oranges and chocolates in your boots this morning!

Here’s to the quirky… https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/some-of-the-quirkiest-bookshops-in-the-world/

Some Romanian favourites https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/friday-fun-bookshops-in-romania/

Of course I spent quite a bit of time in bookshops in Lyon https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/friday-fun-bookshops-in-lyon/

I especially loved the second-hand bookshops in Lyon https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/city-of-books-lyon/

A booktown in Norway https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/friday-fun-booktown-in-norway/

Friday Fun: Living the Villa Dream

In celebration of the fact that I don’t have to sell the house until I want to (although I will have no money for any improvements or even essential repairs), here are some dreamy villas that I will never own.

Perfect for inviting friends over https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2016/06/10/friday-fun-villas-to-enjoy-with-friends/

Getting away from the madding crowd https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/friday-fun-villas-to-get-away-from-it-all/

Classical style on the Italian Lakes https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/friday-fun-italian-villas-on-the-lakes/

Just look at the views! https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/friday-fun-dreamy-holiday-homes/

More stunning views, because that’s how I roll! https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/friday-fun-villas-with-a-view-2/

Friday Fun: Libraries and Bookshelves

I seem to have an endless selection of public and private libraries in my Friday Fun series. You can deduce from that where I feel most at home! Here is a recap of some recent favourites.

Academic and public libraries https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/friday-fun-public-and-academic-libraries/

Home libraries designed by professionals https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2017/08/18/friday-fun-designer-libraries/

Airy and light home libraries https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/friday-fun-airy-and-light-home-libraries/

Another passion of mine: stairs in libraries https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2016/07/01/friday-fun-libraries-big-enough-for-stairs/

Combining home study with a home library https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/friday-fun-home-libraries-to-aspire-to/

Friday Fun: Houses of Famous People

I’ve featured quite a few writers’ homes in my Friday Fun series, and occasionally even featured some other celebrities. Here are a few old favourites.

Celebrity homes in Switzerland https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2016/01/01/first-friday-fun-of-the-year-2016/

Writerly homes in France https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/friday-fun-more-writers-homes-in-france/

An international selection of writers’ homes https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/friday-fun-more-writers-with-magnificent-homes/

More French homes to swoon over https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2015/11/20/friday-fun-homes-of-french-writers/

Some of these gorgeous homes no longer exist https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/friday-fun-abandoned-pulled-down-and-restored/

Expats in France https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2015/08/14/friday-fun-literary-villas-in-france/

Friday Fun: Nostalgia

Did you know that the term ‘nostalgia’ was coined in the 17th century to describe a medical condition of melancholy and anxiety present in Swiss mercenary soldiers fighting abroad (that’s why it was also know as the ‘mal de Suisse’ in those days)? Apparently, initially military doctors hypothesized that the malady was due to damage to the victims’ brain cells and ear drums by the constant clanging of cowbells in the pastures of Switzerland. But I didn’t grow up within earshot of the cowbells, only lived for a short while in the beautiful Lake Geneva area and am still irreparably damaged and homesick for that part of the world.

In fact, I enjoyed that part of the world so much that I probably stayed much longer in a marriage than I should have.

On the day when I can finally report that I have achieved some kind of financial settlement and inner peace following divorce, I think back once more on the things I loved about that area and introduce a kind of amnesia about the bad memories. Isn’t that what nostalgia is all about?

Memories of the local area https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2016/07/08/friday-fun-more-memories-of-the-local-area/

A walk on the Franco-Swiss border https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/friday-fun-a-walk-in-the-frenchswiss-countryside/

Artworks on the border https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/friday-fun-art-on-the-borders/

Swiss chateaux https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/friday-fun-surely-not-weary-of-chateau-already/

A fond farewell to the area before moving to the UK https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2016/07/29/friday-fun-farewell-ferney-and-voltaire/

And more about Voltaire and Ferney https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2016/06/06/voltaire-and-his-creation-ferney/

Friday Fun: A Room of One’s Own

Although I am the least artistic person in the world, I think an artist’s studio would be a very inspiring place for a writer to work in. Here are some places which caught my eye in the past.

So much light https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/friday-fun-artists-studios-2/

More achievable, everyday studio inspiration https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2017/03/31/friday-fun-artists-studios-can-inspire-writers-too/

If necessary, I’ll take these away by force! https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/friday-fun-studios-for-non-artists/

Even when they are cluttered, there is something peaceful about studios https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2018/07/06/friday-fun-studios-for-those-who-dont-like-studios/

Last but not least, when art, interior design and poetic inspiration combine https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/friday-fun-artists-studios/

Friday Fun: Library Links

I have been busy deleting many of the pictures on the WordPress site, as I don’t want to go over my storage limit. Sadly, that means that the Friday Fun sessions have suffered. I will not be creating any new posts for the time being, but, to be honest, there are probably more than enough old ones to keep everyone happy.

This week, I would like to take a trip down memory lane with some of the best home library pictures I unearthed. From light and airy to the cosiest dark holes…

https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/friday-fun-airy-and-light-home-libraries/

https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/friday-fun-dark-and-cosy-home-libraries/

From the plain to the more ambitious

https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/friday-fun-plain-old-home-libraries/

https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/friday-fun-home-libraries-to-aspire-to/

https://findingtimetowrite.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/friday-fun-time-for-some-more-home-libraries/

Meanwhile, I’d better clear out my far more modest (and unbearably cluttered) study to try and turn it into a temporary guest room.