Traveling Around The Neighborhood

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I’ve been to Italy, Vienna, and Germany years ago but nothing beats my love  for traveling to cafes in the neighborhood.

For sure, the sights I saw in Europe were astounding. The old and new city of Vienna – rebuilding from WW II, when I stood on ancient cobblestone roads where the Romans once traveled on once, centuries past, a wave of  appreciation for history stormed through my body, mind, and soul.

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I loved the outside cafes. Sitting outside surrounded by people speaking Italian while sipping my cappucino, watching the Gondolas splash, sway,  and gently rock forward along the waterways of Venice. The beauty of St.Mark’s square against a majestic sunset and just knowing I was in another country often took my breath away in amazement.

Yet, the cafes always grabbed my heart be it in Europe or on the streets in New York City, or just down the street from where I lived before I married.

Lesly Federici


On the weekends it was a miring ritual. I’d grab my favorite magazine to read and my journal to write about anything swirling around in my mind. I’d walk down the street saying “morning” to neighbors opening their stores, even on a Sunday.

I’s sit in a booth, order my morning coffee and bagel and then start to read my magazine and eventual start recording my life in my journal. I loved it.

Over time I didn’t even need to order, the waitress new what I wanted and just brought it to me.

Nice, right?

Today, I still like hanging out in bookstores that have a cafe where I can sit, watch,read, and sip a cup of coffee or tea, leisurely – like in Starbucks.

Little pleasures in life, I know….

Lesly Federici






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8 thoughts on “Traveling Around The Neighborhood

  1. Hi Sue,
    Wonderful to see you visiting … you’re on the coast now? Must be very nice…. beautiful too .. and I can imagine how nice to sit and watch all the activity that goes on …. people watching is always fun … thank you for your comment.. 🙂

  2. Being relatively new to coast living, one of my favorite activities is visiting cafes on the shoreline. I can really chill out just sitting there watching the ocean. In other suburban cafes I need something to read. In city and close to city locations, it’s interesting watching fashions etc in trendy areas, or those filled with students.

  3. Hi Marilyn!
    Wonderful to see you visiting… yes, wonderful experiences, but like you, I love bookstores, browsing, and sitting in the cafe part of the store… reading .. love it.. thank you for your comment and visit 🙂

  4. Great read! Although I have never been in those countries having a Starbucks in a bookstore like Barnes and Noble has been heaven for me. The hours I spent in there visiting different sections just to see what I could le@rn. What a treat it was to be able to have a cup of coffee and a scone. This was back in the 90’s when I lived in a town large enough to support it.

  5. Hi Kathryn,
    I know .. simple pleasures.. it’s fun… yea, I was very young when I went to Europe and what a wonderful experience… thanks for stopping by …

  6. Hi Lesly,
    A friend of mine is taking her daughter to Europe, Rome, London and Paris in the summer. Your article reminded me of that. How lucky to visit there. One of my favorite things to do is to go to Chapters book store with a Starbucks and sit and read for as long as possible. Little things, little pleasures in life.

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