Monday, April 25, 2016

U: 'Up at the Villa' and the Upper Peninsula

So here is another movie that inspired me to read the book.  And the book is so much better (and not just because I am no fan of Kristin Scott Thomas).

'Up at the Villa' is a 1941 novella by W. Somerset Maugham.  It has a young woman, three men and Italy.  It has been referred to as 'psychological suspense.'  It is short enough that I can easily re-read it in a day or two.

I realized when I sat down to do this post that there are many books on my shelves that take place in Italy, including 'Under the Tuscan Sun', 'A Room with a View', 'Tuscany Past and Present', and 'The Garden of the Finzi-Continis'.  It must be my Italian heritage.

Upper Peninsula:  Yes, I've already mentioned several places to visit in our UP.  But my favorite thing to do is to cross into Canada at the Soo, go around the north shore of Lake Superior, and then head back into Michigan from Wisconsin and travel the southern shore of the lake.  Everyone should do it at least once.  It is a long trip, 1200 miles, but 'Oh the views'.

And here is a lighthouse you can see in Duluth, MN on the trip.

Split Rock Lighthouse


  1. That lighthouse looks like it is right on the edge - hopefully that cliff isn't eroding too fast.
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  2. I do love stories set in Italy :) I spent a lot of time in Rome during my archaeology studies, and I also loved being up in the Abruzzi mountains :)

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  3. Another book to add to my list :) Sounds interesting though!


  4. I find that most books are better than the movies or TV shows! This one sounds right up my alley!!

  5. Unfamiliar with the book or movie. I have done half of that trip - the Canadian side. Many years ago now though. You are right the views are spectacular.

    1. The only other trip where i have seen such great water views were on the Oregon coast. And I do think the Canadian side has great views.

  6. I've never even heard of that movie, but beautiful scenery!

  7. W. Somerset Maugham is an excellent writer. I'm a sucker for every lighthouse I see while traveling. Always have to stop and take a look!


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