Summers in the Mediterranean are all about sitting back on your superyacht charter, watching the ebb of the big blue and sipping something fruity with a good book in hand. From the bustling markets of pretty Provence to the olive soaked islands of Greece, these are places that inspire nothing but the wonder of weaving stories, eating good food, and plunging into the refreshing arms of the sea.
MY Starfire is the perfect luxury yacht charter to take you away, with summers on the Med and winters on the Caribbean there are plenty of places to curl up with a good book. On hot and humid days, you can sink down in the shade on the aft deck, feeling the salty breeze kiss your skin and lose yourself in the pattern on the pages. When the winds pick up or the silver rain falls you can curl up in the master stateroom beneath a cashmere blanket, nibbling on mezze and flicking through your favorite story, and when you truly want to relax the bubbling hot tub will welcome you to unwind with a glass of champagne and tall tales to keep you hooked. Take a look at our favorite summer reads for sweet destinations in Europe on a luxury yacht charter.
For Italy…The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Bring the romance, the mystery, and the slightly sinister edge to your trip to Italy by hunkering down with Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley. This is a tale of murder, intrigue and stolen identities and will have you turning the pages as fast as you can breathe. Whilst the talented Ms. Highsmith certainly knows how to spin a story that sends a shiver down the spine, it’s her languid, lovely, and completely haunting visions of the Italian Riviera that will steal your heart and the show. No one can paint a picture of the dark heart of Venice in the moonlight and the glitzy beaches scattered along the Amalfi coast quite like Highsmith.
For France…A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
When on the glistening waters of the French Riviera lingering over perfectly flaking pastries and coffee for breakfast on your luxury yacht charter, you are sure to be wooed by A Year in Provence. Peter Mayle paints the perfect picture of packing up his life and moving to the rural tangled countryside of France to live in a tumble down 200-year-old stone farmhouse. All kinds of quirky mishaps, communication breakdowns, and teeter on the edge of a nervous breakdown moments come flooding through his door. Yet A Year in Provence captures the joie de vive of the region, a place where the characters are colorful and warm, where the wine flows, and where the very mention of the word food is enough to get your mouth watering.
For Turkey… Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernières
Olive groves, goats milk, and the poetic tumble of wild thyme, its only when you are anchored off the coast of golden Turkey that Louis de Bernières suddenly comes to life, as though you have fallen down the rabbit hole and into his world. This is the tale of a small village perched on the edge of the end of the Ottoman Empire, there is love, there is war, and there are intoxicating details to bring every facet of person and place to life. Those who are sailing along the gorgeous Turquoise Coast on a superyacht, who are stepping over ancient ruins in the morning and sipping cocktails in beautiful celebrity studded beach bars come the evening, are sure to fall in love with the journey of Birds Without Wings.
For Greece…Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides
Whilst Jeffery Eugenides Magnum Opus may be more Detroit than crumbling Greek village it is still the perfect page turner for when you are washed up on one of Homer’s islands. This epic story spans generations of the same family, starting from the tiny village steeped in the shadow of Mount Olympus all the way to the race riots of 1960’s USA, and explores everything from love to history, emigration and genetics. The heart wrenching plot, the carefully considered descriptions, and the poetry of a silk worm factory will keep you hooked as you pick through mezze platters and take breaks from reading only to swim in the lusciously blue sea.
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