While we cannot travel physically very far, we may yet travel in our minds. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim — the book I give as a gift — has the power to transport us to a beautiful, tranquil, soul-healing place. It also carries one of the loveliest adverts of all time on its opening page :

To Those who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine. Small mediaeval Italian Castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be Let Furnished for the month of April. Necessary servants remain.

Read it. Read it now. You will be uplifted.

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