Monday, July 09, 2007

Library Event: Tuscan Travel: Off the Beaten Path

Upcoming Event: Tuscan Travel: Off the Beaten Path
Wednesday, July 18th, 2007, at 7:00 P.M. in the Library

Florence's Bridges [Image from Wikipedia, Photo by Bob Tubbs, 2005

Ann Reavis, a freelance travel writer who has made Florence, Italy her home for the past six years, will provide the secrets to enjoying the perfect day in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. With photos, she will describe the back roads, hill towns, markets, trattorias, artisans, farms and wineries. She will introduce Carmine (the painter), Dario (the butcher), Nora (the goat herder from New York), and many more of her friends. Come and participate in a lively discussion.

Ann Reavis swears that Italy saved her life. In 1998, she was a burnt-out lawyer in San Francisco, looking to make a change. She couldn’t figure out what the change would be, but she quit her job, put everything in storage and took off for a nine-month vacation in Florence. She looked at it as going back to school– language courses, art history seminars, classes on Dante and museums, museums, museums. Ann knew about school– she had a B.S. in Nursing from TCU, a MPH from U. of M., and a law degree for U.C. Hastings College of the Law. After five months in Florence, she was healthier, happier, and wondering why if going back to being a lawyer was such a good plan. . . Nine years later, she works as a travel writer and tour guide and still lives in Florence. Ann has written for Fodor’s,, Fiberarts magazine, The Florentine, Vista magazine and others. She hopes to publish a novel, set in Florence, in the near future.

For more information about this program, call 203-637-3870, or comment on this post.

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