|Italia al fresco|
March: I discovered Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast during a romantic weekend with my DH (he didn't complain about this trip, funnily enough!). Warm, but not too warm and blissfully not too crowded, Sorrento was a joy (particularly the food) but we also did day trips to Pompeii and Capri. A stroll through the labyrinthine alleyways atop the luxury island brought us to a Palladian mansion on the clifftops which is definitely the perfect location for a Presents hero. I haven't got the story to go with it, but it will almost certainly involve my heroine on a moped, and a swim in the clear blue waters on the bay (a la David Gandy in those ads).
|Home fit for a heroine: Cornwall|
May: A weekend in Ireland and a long walk through the Slieve Bloom mountains (actually we may have got a little lost) – a wonderfully rugged part of the Irish countryside that charmed the pants off me.
|Lost in the Slieve Blooms: Ireland|
Late June: Italy again, this time en famille and a delightful little villa in Puglia. I'd never been to Puglia before, and I loved it. Off the tourist track a bit it's full of Italians on holiday - particularly loved Brindisi which is picaturesque but also practical, the wide tree-lined streets and back alleys jammed with young guns and their girlfriends of a weekend evening busy showing off and eating Gelati. Definitely filing this location away for future reference.
|So Cal: So Cool|
I'm staying put now for August.... To actually do some writing. But I'm already fermenting ideas for lots of new "research projects" in the Autumn. Have any of your trips inspired you writing-wise this year? Let me know in the comments.
Heidi is currently finishing her second Single Title book for Harlequin UK. And planning her next trip... And getting ready for the launch of her online course with the Professional Writing Academy: An Introduction to Writing Hot Romance. Find her on FB, Twitter (@HeidiRomRice), Instagram (usually far too often) and the web.