Today we have a special guest post book review by our friend Moira Urich. If you like to travel and enjoy hanging with nuns and monks, this book may be for you!
If you’re expecting hair shirts and barren cells, this book will surprise you with entries describing modern guestrooms, occasional three-star-hotel-caliber amenities, and even thermal spring health spas run by sisters in Austria. Readers seeking solely spiritual sanctuary can limit themselves to the Spiritual Retreat entries. But the vast majority of lodgings are categorized as Open Houses, meaning open to tourists looking for simple but good quality accommodations at lower cost.
For those who want to see photos before booking, most if not all of the convents and monasteries either have their own web presence or are featured on travel sites. Good Night & God Bless is a good bet whether it’s your sole source of travel information or it’s a valuable starting point for those wanting to find out more online (for instance, more detailed maps). The book also offers information not easily found–or simply not found–on other websites.
The entries routinely provide information about:
What other book about monastery lodgings would tell you where to find a great beer-bath spa in the Czech Republic? Or where to find an organic buffalo farm for tasting fresh Italian buffalo mozzarella? This book’s helpful tidbits of information, too numerable to categorize here, make it well worth your while.
Book review by Moira Urich
suze September 10, 2009 at 4:52 pm
Just got home from work – a beer bath spa sounds wonderful in this heat and humid yuk we have right now! Thanks for this review Moira.
Catherine September 10, 2009 at 11:20 pm
This book sounds great! I stayed with some Nuns at an Open House when I was in Florence and I’ve been wondering what resources where out there!
They were some of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever met. I don’t speak Italian and they didn’t speak English, but they made me feel so welcome. I got up early on my last morning there and purchased some flowers for them. The were so excited. Later one of them showed me that they put the flowers on their alter! <3 They were great!
I hope this book will be able to help me find more places to stay like that one! Thank you for the review!