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Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
For me, it is all about “life-seeing instead of sightseeing”: Join me as I create, eat & live my way around the world. Curious?

*Check out my book, “The Creative Traveler’s Handbook”, for learning more about what we mean by creative travel. Travelling means the world to me, makes me fit for everday life and sometimes, I trust, also calmer on the inside. Read this blog with a smile, share what you love and remember to check back regularly: After all, when was the last time you did something for the first time?

Writer’s Retreat: Crafting my third book by Lago Trasimeno, in Umbria, Italy.

Take five days of rest and retreat, mix it with the inspiring atmosphere of a view across a vast lake, add your very own pool and sundeck, garnish it with the taste of fresh strawberries, pizza, pasta, vino & cappuccino, and serve it with the aroma of a one thousand year old olive grove. My preferred recipe for a successful “writer’s retreat“, I must say!

After having finished writing my first book three years ago in the charming south of France, I have now decided to remain in Italy after my Italian language course in Rome, and look for a countryside escape near Perugia, at Lago Trasimeno in Umbria, Central Italy.

 

Once again, the writer’s flow has taken hold of me. Besides being passionate about “creative travel“, I have now started writing a book about yet another topic very dear to me.

 

“Learning & Living Languages”. Being fluent in seven of them, now self-employed for just as many years, and with a background of nearly fifteen years as a permanent globe trotter, it’s about time I dedicated it a book.

 

This book, which will appear as an eBook in cooperation with the international language school EF, includes my very best tips about learning a new language, and how to maintain your languages skills even during your everyday life. Everything my world travels, cultural experiences, and practical insights around the world have ever taught me. I am also sharing all of my personal stories on how I did indeed learn all of the languages I currently speak: How did I manage to become fluent in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, and Italian (with German as my mother tongue … was it really just down to six years of Latin at school 😉 ?

What are the keys to unlocking the potential of learning, and keeping up, languages?

Answers to questions such as these are to be found throughout the entire eBook. I have also asked my international friends and families for quotes; as there are of course many more languages to learn than “just my Roman languages” here! Stay tuned to my progress; I do actually plan to provide an English version to the original German one, too!

In solch einer Umgebung ...

Can’t beat the atmosphere: Writer’s retreat at the Agriturismo Il Sodino, in San Feliciano, Umbria …

 

... und mit solch einem Blick ...

… with a lunch view over Lago Trasimeno …

 

... schreibt es sich doch am besten, nicht wahr? Herrlich, die Kraft jahrtausendealter Bäume rund um sich zu spüren.

… and the power of all those ancient trees around you.

 

Der kleine Ort San Feliciano ...

The small village of San Feliciano, located right by Trasimeno lake …

 

... ist bekannt für seine Fischerei & Bootsvermietung ...

… is well known for its fishing and boating industries …

 

... sowie für seine Sonnenuntergänge: "Il paese del tramonto", wirbt der Leitspruch des Dorfes.

… as well as for its sunsets: “Il paese del tramonto”, the country of sunsets is the claim to magical moments here, and rightly so.

 

Agriturismo Il Sodino ist ein traumhafter Ort, um die Stille und Ruhe der Natur ringsum zu genießen ...

Agriturismo Il Sodino is a beautiful place if you are looking for the perfect, idyllic countryside escape in Italy …

 

... aber auch rundherum gibt es einiges zu entdecken, zum Beispiel das nicht weit entfernte Kleinstädtchen Foligno ...

… there are also cute little towns to be visited in the near neighbourhood, such as Foligno …

 

... (Gelato geht immer, im schönen Italien!) ...

… can’t beat the Italian gelato either, can you …

 

... oder aber auch die Küste der Regione Marche, wie hier etwas weiter südlich von Ancona ...

… or the views off the coastline of the Marche region, just a little south of the city of Ancona …

 

... hier munden Fischbürger ...

… here, try a fresh fish burger …

 

... und schmackhafte Olivenkreationen ...

… as well as some tasty, roasted olives …

 

… Bella Italia, you just have to fall in love here! Check out even more of my travel photos here:

 

See you soon in Italy!

Written by Elena

Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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