Goodnight & God Bless
Travellers and pilgrims seeking a unique experience can now uncover the ancient secrets of convents and monasteries around Europe. We reveal these atmospheric and affordable places that accommodate tourists or those pursuing a pilgrimage or spiritual retreat. Suitable for the traveller, the pious and the curious alike, this user-friendly travel guide provides accommodation, local tourist information, places of pilgrimage, travel tid-bits and anecdotes against a fascinating backdrop of history and religion.
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Good Night and God Bless is a truly delightful book, billed as 'the modern traveler's bible' and covering the convent and monastery guesthouses of Italy, Czech Republic and Austria. The USA, Canadian and European versions are published by Paulist Press in New Jersey, (Hidden Springs imprint). The second book in the Good Night and God Bless series covers France, Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.
Accommodation in convent and monastery guesthouses is available to men and women of any or no religious affiliation and the book is crammed with useful information, full contact details, directions, guidelines on how to make reservations and prices for each property. Divided into two parts, one section is for the tourist and the general traveller looking for cheap, clean, safe and well-located accommodation, and the other is for the pilgrim or for those who wish to participate in spiritual activities during their holiday. A pilgrimage section is also included.
The author includes items of interest, places to see, restaurants and things to do in the areas where the convents and monasteries are located. This is a bonus as some places are off the beaten tourist trail and not covered by the major travel guides. However, the convent guesthouses in city areas are remarkably well-located, probably courtesy of the church's penchant for buying good real estate.
The book is written in a friendly, easy-going style with curious, funny and interesting anecdotes scattered throughout. One of the most amusing is the tale about Prince Charles and a very protective monk who lived in a monastery in San Gimignano in Tuscany!
All in all a delightful and beautifully designed book with wipe over cover, colour photos, rounded corners and red satin bookmark. Good Night and God Bless is an ideal companion for any traveler looking for a unique experience.
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