As most of you know, we spent June in Europe. It was a wonderful, inspiring holiday, relaxing and energising all at once. For the next few weeks, I thought I’d share some peeks at the places we visit, as well as some of the lessons I brought home to my writing.
In London, we lived without a plan.
In Madrid, we tried someone else’s routine.
In Seville, we opened ourselves to inspiration.
In Granada, looked at things from a different angle.
In Barcelona, we explored extraordinary art.
In Nice, we trusted the advice of the experts.
In Rome, we listened to local stories.
In Vernazza, we remembered to rest.
In Pisa, we took advantage of the unexpected.
In Florence, we soaked up rich detail.
This week, London! We arrived in London at 5am, and with just two days to take in a few sights and catch up with friends, we couldn’t afford to waste time napping. We honestly meant to make a plan in advance, but I was speaking at a conference and Husband was trying to get everything wrapped up for our departure, and it fell through the cracks.
So we let our feet take us where they would, and saw things we hadn’t imagined. Sure, we saw Buck Palace and Big Ben, but the unexpected sights were our highlights! Walking along the Thames from St. Paul’s to the Tower of London, we saw a familiar looking outline across the river… and next thing I was a groundling at Shakespeare’s Globe. Pretty exciting place for a writer!
Was that all? Internet, it was not! Other delights awaited. We wandered off the beaten track at the Tower of London, and there was a DRAGON. A dragon, people.
And then–brace yourselves, geeks–The Dr. Who Experience. Just when you thought it couldn’t get better.
… and so did I.
The writing lesson: As a devoted outliner, this is a difficult thing to say, but… sometimes the best plan is no plan at all. I’m a plotter, not a pantser, but just this one… pantsing was the answer. Perhaps it is for all of us, now and again?