rain, rain and a giveaway

Author: angiem, 10 04th, 2011

It’s been pouring out. Nonstop. I’m sitting by the lamplit window trying to figure out what to write about, but instead am too busy watching the rain come down, gathering in puddles, making little lakes in my little garden.  Rain is so romantic, isn’t it? The sound of it, the look… But, I can do without the feel of its cold drops, like icy fingers, sliding down my back.

My favorite time to read is when it rains. A hot cup of tea or coffee in one hand, and a book in the other, is one way I love to spend a rainy day. Add to it the lonely sound of a train making its way to exotic destinations, glittery cities or majestic mountain resorts, and I’m in heaven. I spend quite a bit of time daydreaming of being on the train myself, looking out the window at the rolling images of dark villages, their windows glowing like honey, steep slate roofs with smoke curling out the chimneys, the humming of the tracks as the train rushes along, and the cobbled train stations where people anticipate the arriving and departing trains with as much excitement as though it were Christmas.

I can’t imagine a more romantic way to travel, than by train. And, yes, most of my daydreams are about destinations unknown. Probably because I rarely ever go anywhere these days. Or perhaps because in my armchair travel adventures everything goes according to plan, and no luggage is ever lost.

How about you? How do you imagine travel at its most romantic? And how do you like to pass a rainy day? Do you like to read? Well, here’s a chance to read a great book and travel to Paris, all at the same time from the comfort of your own cozy chair. This is a story about friendship, love and delicious food, written by one of my funniest, cleverest blogging friends. We meet this past summer and over coffee and chocolate muffins I found her to be just as delightful and hilarious and intelligent as I had imagined her.

So join in the fun and leave a comment before midnight October 11th for a chance to win Hidden in Paris.

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22 Responses to “rain, rain and a giveaway”

  1. Susan Deborah Says:

    Dear Angie:

    Rains are great to imagine but here it gets quite messy and dirty. Staying cooped up at hime is the best way to spend a rainy day for me. I like reading, dancing, eating and just dreaming, if I’m at home while it is raining. And traveling is also something I enjoy. Train travel is my favourit, and you know that from my posts.

    Hope you are doing well today, dear Angie.

    Lots of love and comfort,
    Susan

  2. Ava Says:

    I do love your giveaways!!! Rain is romantic… As long as you’re not driving in it lol! Then it’s the worst thing especially in downtown Seattle where people cross the street and you can’t see them until their practically on the hood of your car. Miss your posts girl. One of my favorite things is to read them first thing in the morning with my coffee and toast. Please please write more often!

  3. pamela Says:

    Without a doubt, trains are my favourite mode of transport. They are romantic indeed. Especially on a cold, rainy day. Wrapped up in a warm cloak, with a mug of hot coffee in my gloved hand, settled in a seat by the window… That first lurch forward as the train starts to move is one of the most exciting feelings!

    Drat…. now I want to go somewhere!

  4. Ruth Says:

    Angie I agree that rainy days are for books and coffee. When I was little, I loved an apple with cheese and a book in either the big armchair or the kitchen bench at the window. A few recent good reads that I recommend for your rainy days: The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson, Paris Secrets by Janelle McCulloch :)

  5. Jena Says:

    When I was a kid I took a cross country train trip with my mom to visit her grandmother in Pennsylvania. I loved it of course but then the next year I was introduced to air plane travel and I found it even better than the train. Now other than short distances from city to city in the eastern US , I don’t have the patience to travel by train anymore.

  6. sharon Says:

    Angie I LOVE the rain, my english roots coming out I’m sure, rain makes me feel safe, it comforts me. The skies open and I am out there with my boots on taking the dog for a walk !! And you are so right about travelling by train, we have used the train quite a bit this summer for getting around France, I way prefer it over the plane.
    warmest wishes to you
    xxx

  7. Vicki Archer Says:

    Rainy days are all about books and movies for me too Angie…..xv

  8. Victoria @ Hibiscus Bloem Says:

    Well, we’ve been so lucky enjoying incredibly hot weather for early October here. But yesterday it changed, and the damp has set in, with drizzling rain. Boo! And I’ve been compairing the weather with Portland all along, as thats where we are heading soon!!! Excitement abounds. Yes, we are indeed looking forward to our new adventures over there - rain or shine!! As I child I would love the rain. My sister and I would make tents in our shared bedroom - blankets and covers between the two beds, and snuggle there with books, snacks, dolls. Nice memories. Still I do much prefer the sunshine.

  9. Jeanne Says:

    I am with Vicki too Angie…arm chair travel can be the perfect solution to a rainy or snowy day. I read this book on a long flight to New Zealand over the summer and enjoyed it. I am sure you readers will love it…a great way to experience Paris from your home.

    Best wishes Angie!!

    Jeanne xx

  10. Jessica Nelson Says:

    Oh yes, I adore rain! It’s wonderfully romantic and a little dark. *sigh* I love the way it smells and sounds.

  11. Susan R. Mills Says:

    Hey there! I love rain. There is something calming about it. I can do without thunder and lightning, though. And I agree with you, travel by train seems the most romantic.

  12. Susan Tiner Says:

    Rain and trains, what a wonderful combination! It poured last night, waking me, and I loved laying there listening to the rain.

    Your stories are always so evocative.

  13. corine @ hidden in france Says:

    It’s raining in Los Angeles too, a rare event in October. If I had to wait for rain to read I’d read only 4 times a year. I do love the cozy feeling though…

    Thank you for giving away yet another copy of my book! You are the most generous and supportive of friends, Angie

  14. sydney85 Says:

    I love travelling by train. It gives my husband and I both the chance to enjoy the sites without us having to do any driving.
    Living in Texas we are praying for rain.

  15. Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita Says:

    I love your posts - they always place me right in the scene. my husband and I always say that one day we will take a train journey to somewhere fabulous. Thanks for the sweet comment on my son - they grow so fast! And count me in for the giveaway please - it sounds great!

  16. Francesca Says:

    I’m not particularly fond of rain. Here it usually comes with strong winds, beating down hard and sideways. I much rather read on the beach, in the sunlight :)
    Happy October Angie!

  17. woolf Says:

    i can well imagine seeing you sitting there, enjoying all that you describe. uncanny though how i recognize it too. are you per chance living my life, or am i living yours?
    it is raining here, as i write. this is going to be one perfect day.
    lovely to meet you.
    n♥

  18. Veronica Says:

    I love a rainy day, sometimes more than a sunny one. Especially when the soft rain lightly drums the roof and forces me to slow down the most hectic of days.

  19. Julie Says:

    Hi Dear Angie
    Well like many I love the rain also.. it creates a sense of calm and renewal.. Although we’ve seen a bit too much rain this spring I still welcome it mostly on a warm soft day.. like today.. It’s sunday afternoon here and the rain is ready to fall and I just wish I had a window with a view of the sea as that would be my favourite way to spend a rainy afternoon.. looking out as rain merges with sea.. Of course daydreaming about travel is a perfect alternative… You know as a child we lived near the railway line and my mum would tell me to listen for the train whistles to send me off to slumber and dreams.. so I will forever associate trains with adventure and wishes…

    Angie your posts always remind me of my childhood.. in the best way!!

    Have a lovely weekend and I’d be thrilled to win the book of course .. especially as I’m now back home rather than still galavanting around in France and Italy.. ciao xxx Julie

  20. bunny Says:

    Oh Angie this book sounds lovely I would love to win a copy of it! I too enjoy a cup of coffee and a good book on a rainy damp day. Sometimes I like the rain but it often leaves me sad….
    I dream of taking the Oriental Express one day, sounds so romantic and adventurous
    xoxo
    Bunny

  21. JT Says:

    I HATE the rain, and the way people romanticize it. BUT–I do like the way it forces people to stay inside and do the things they usually think they don’t have time to do. Read a book. Sip hot tea. Play boardgames with each other. Etc. It invokes coziness and intimacy. Now THAT I like.

    - JT SFStyle

  22. audrey Says:

    Oh Angie, this post is just perfect for imagining travel, pausing on a rainy day, losing ourselves in your beautiful words while sipping tea or coffee… what a lovely post! & I do plan to have a look at this book you have mentioned… it just seems the sweetest! Congrats to the lucky winner:)!

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