Greece. Italy. Turkey. Whether or not you’ve visited them in person, imagining these places conjures up unnaturally blue oceans, whitewashed seaside hillsides, fragrant markets, and so much delicious food. Take these sights, add in a laughable number of family members, serious anxiety about air travel, and homebody tendencies, and you have Beth Daigle’s charming and funny travel memoir, Musing Mediterranean: Fun, Family, and Faraway Places Transform an Anxious Traveler (WiDo Publishing, July 2018). The book takes us along for the ride as Daigle experiences all the wonders the Mediterranean has to offer in a way that is uniquely hers—filled with family, foibles, discovery, and joy.
When Beth Daigle’s husband, Tony, announced that he was planning a two-week Mediterranean cruise, she wasn’t exactly excited. Plagued by anxieties about leaving home and air travel, as well as the fact that this was to be a multi-generational family vacation including her parents, daughters, sister and her family, there was some definite potential for disaster. Despite that phobia and reluctance, though, the Mediterranean called her in a way that she couldn’t deny—she’s half Greek and half Italian, and seeing her ancestral countries had always been a dream. Musing Mediterranean is the full account of that dream coming true—from the planning phase to the return home, Daigle takes us along on her family’s journey through Rome, Sicily, Athens, Ephesus, the Greek Islands, and Naples.
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In her warm and approachable prose, Daigle communicates the beauty, history, architecture and culture of each location that her family visits, and a sense of awe that the trip has given her for what is truly a life altering experience. She ultimately understands that travel is something she must embrace, and not fear. While her message is inspirational, this book is never heavy handed and is very funny. In addition to the conclusions Daigle draws about herself and the world, she is also very honest about the charm and challenges of family travel, the good and bad aspects of a lavish vacation lifestyle, and the challenges of navigating in a place she’s never been. Readers will quite literally get lost with her in these pages.
“As far as memoirs go, many come from a place of sadness,” says Daigle. “Mine doesn’t. I hope readers will walk away from this story with a positive mindset that allows them to travel with an open mind and revel in the experience.”
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Whether or not you’ve experienced the beauty of the places Daigle visits in this book firsthand, you’ll feel like you have after going on this journey with her. Most importantly though, in a time when we could all use a bit of an escape now and then, Musing Mediterranean is an unequivocally happy book that injects humor wherever possible. One that will make readers glad they’ve read it.
About the Author:
Beth Daigle is a writer, blogger and author with a passion for story-telling. Her desire to travel is squashed only by her fear of it. Not to mention her unabashed homebody tendencies. At home, Beth enjoys her role as wife, and mom to two daughters plus one very sweet Schnauzer. She is a lifelong New Englander residing north of Boston and is happy doing anything artsy, but favors writing as her foremost creative outlet. For Beth, family and laughter are everything.
Beth is a creative soul who finds joy in art, home design, gardening, reading, writing, a good laugh and an even better television show.
You can find Beth at bethdaigle.com, 3OlivesandaTwist.com, on Facebook @3olivesandatwist, on Twitter @3olivesandatwist, and Instagram @3olivesandatiwst.
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