Carpe noctem

As touched upon in the post of 26/07/14 where it was postured that a summer holiday is conducive to sleeping, I am steered again to discussing the issue of undisturbed slumber.

In fact, according to the Huffington Post one of the 10 annoying things about a hotel are the loud hallways: the slamming doors and the chatty guests and I add the dinging of the elevator, the buzz of the HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning) unit and notoriously thin walls especially when your guest next door is a high-volume TV lover. These impact greatly on your sleep hygiene (habits that help you to have a good night’s sleep) and can result in sleep deprivation (leading the next day to moodiness, reduced concentration, headaches, etc.). Another recent article in the Huffington post quoted Michael Grander of the University of Pennsylvania’s Behavioral Sleep Medicine Programme as stating that hotels should ‘think beyond the mattress’. One New York hotel has already installed airport-grade windows and soft and firm pillows for the discerning guest. At Marina di Salivoli self-catering apartments, the walls have been soundproofed to ensure a perfect night’s sleep for their guests.

Of course, if all else fails, pack your earplugs!



Zen muses on Tuscany

Here I was about to pronounce on the fact that the sign of a successful holiday was the number of books that one waded through, but The Telegraph just decried that by stating that a summer holiday is not, for most of us, a time that is especially conducive to reading rather sleeping!

Nevertheless, considering my penchant for Tuscany and my thriller safely stashed in my bag, I reflected on how Tuscany actually forms the backdrop of many a thriller. In fact, the one in my bag: Michael Didbin’s “And Then You Die” has its protagonist Aurelio Zen (the Venetian carabiniere and arch detective) lying low on a Tuscan beach in Versilia (located in the province of Lucca). Suspicion abounds. In the midst of the action, it is rather fascinating to reflect on Zen’s musings: “Above, the azure sky, streaked with diaphanous shreds of white haze. Below this vast benignity, the clustered ombrelloni, their bright primary colours an ensign declaring the ownership of each strip of beach”. Such a blissful scene replicates itself along the Tuscan coastline.

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