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Fantasy In Florence

Leaving Home and Loving it

by (author) Rod McQueen

illustrated by Sandy McQueen

McArthur & Company
Initial publish date
Apr 2007
General, Personal Memoirs
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    Publish Date
    Apr 2007
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When Sandy and Rod McQueen sold their house, stored their furniture and left home to live in Florence, Italy, they were on the "now or never" plan as they sought to step outside their ordinary lives. By the end of their nine-month stay, the couple had made life-long friends and seen a dream come true. "Italy is like the cartoons," said one Florentine. "Everything is possible. And you are never bored."Fantasy in Florence transports you to the historic centre of the city to share their "room with a view" of the Medici Chapels and the Duomo. you'll meet skilled artisans working amid the beauty of Tuscany and the enduring allure of the Renaissance. You'll travel to see the mosaics of Ravenna and the markets of Rome, feel the peace of Volterra and the pulse of Venice, drink Brunello di Montalcino and feast on The Last Supper. Above all, you'll learn how life should best be lived. "We learned to treasure the Italian way of life that marvels in the moment, celebrates youth and age alike, and treats strangers generously and with respect. We learned that taking risks in life can offer great rewards."

About the authors

ROD MCQUEEN has been a journalist for more than thirty years and has lived and worked professionally in London,Washington, D.C., and Toronto. During that time he has written for numerous magazines and newspapers, and has also done broadcast work. He is the author of eleven books, including Who Killed Confederation Life?, winner of the National Business Book Award, and the bestseller, The Eatons:The Rise and Fall of Canada's Royal Family, winner of the Canadian Authors Association Award in history. The Icarus Factor, the unauthorized biography of Edgar Bronfman Jr., was published in 2004. He lives with his wife in Toronto.

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