Here in Florence, as I tune into the murmurings of Michelangelo and his contemporaries, I travel back to the time of de' Medici with Julie and Mary and the Writers' Renaissance gang. You bet I boned up on my Renaissance history before arriving. And a good thing, too. For I can now use my renewed understanding of this extraordinary place as a lens through which to chip away at the marble that encases my personal journey, and Renaissance, as a writer.
One thing's for sure: There's nothing like a new place -- a new vista or point of view -- to get one's creative juices flowing again. If you feel the need for a personal Renaissance, first try a new place.
Or plan to attend Julie's Writers' Renaissance Retreat next year. You won't regret it!
Plus, she knows all the best gelaterias in Florence!