I continue to discover that not having seen the landscapes or experienced the culture where important scenes took place is slowing my progress, as if setting were essential to the generation of words. In service of moving the book ahead, I’m researching various settings.
Lake Como in Northern Italy, 40 km north of Milan, is one such important setting–where Albert and Mileva celebrated his potentially landing a job (after nine futile months of searching) in May of 1900 with a tryst. I found Roland Merullo’s book The Italian Summer (result of a library catalog subject search for Lake Como) and also blog photos from people who have been there. Such a beautiful, romantic place! See for yourself by clicking on the pictures: