Alone Time : Four Seasons, Four Cities, And The Pleasures Of Solitude by Stephanie Rosenbloom
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In Paris (or any other place, really), finding a table for one can be an incredibly delightful experience. This wise and passionate book explores the joys of traveling solo, offering a refreshing perspective on the fear and hesitation many people feel towards solitude.
In our busy and chaotic lives, the idea of being alone can be intimidating. However, author Stephanie Rosenbloom argues that time spent alone, especially while traveling, can be truly enriching and rejuvenating. Drawing on her own experiences and the stories of artists, writers, and innovators who relished their solitude, Rosenbloom reveals how being alone allows us to fully appreciate the small and sensual details of the world – the patterns, textures, colors, tastes, and sounds that often go unnoticed in the company of others.
The book, titled “Alone Time,” is divided into four parts, each taking place in a different city and season within a single year. The cities – Paris, Istanbul, Florence, and New York – are all conducive to slow travel, encouraging visitors to take their time and revel in the simple pleasures instead of rushing through popular tourist attractions for the sake of capturing the perfect Instagram photo.
Each section of the book focuses on a different theme related to the joys and benefits of solitude. Rosenbloom delves into the ways in which time alone can foster creativity, learning, self-reliance, and the freedom to experiment and embrace change. She also incorporates insights from psychologists and sociologists who have studied the effects of solitude on happiness and well-being.
Some of the topics explored in “Alone Time” include the art of dining alone, the art of savoring, discovering and pursuing personal interests and passions, and the importance of finding or creating quiet and peaceful spaces. Rosenbloom’s elegant and engaging prose makes “Alone Time” feel like an intimate conversation with a trusted friend, inspiring readers to embark on their own solo adventures.
Solo Travel, L.A. Street Food, Olive Oil Tasting | California Now Podcast
California Now is a podcast produced by Visit California that explores various aspects of travel in California. In this episode, the host interviews New York Times travel writer Stephanie Rosenbloom about her book “Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude,” which delves into the growing trend of solo travel. Rosenbloom discusses the perks of traveling alone and how it is not just limited to single or childless individuals. She also talks about the challenges of eating alone while traveling and offers tips for solo travelers.
The host then speaks with Farley Elliott, a senior editor at LA Magazine, about the street food scene in Los Angeles. Elliott mentions various street food vendors in the city, such as All Flavor No Grease, Moose’s Craft Barbecue, Mariscos El Gallo, and the Guatemalan street fair in MacArthur Park. He talks about the cultural diversity and flavors found in LA’s street food and how it has become a culinary sensation.
Lastly, the host interviews Tom Curry, co-founder of the Temecula Olive Oil Company, who discusses the growth of the olive oil industry in California. Curry explains why California is an ideal place for olive oil production due to its climate and technological advancements. He talks about the importance of freshness in olive oil and explains the tasting experience in his company’s tasting rooms. He also recommends other olive oil tasting experiences in California, including Willow Creek in Paso Robles, The Olive Press in Sonoma, and Corning Olive Oil Company in Corning.
To learn more about these travel experiences and to get a copy of the California Visitors Guide, visit visitcalifornia.com.