I am an author, travel writer and theatrical producer. My first novel “Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island” is a kind of "A Year in Provence" meets "Zorba the Greek. It's been described as a smart, funny, travel memoir that celebrates life, love, Shakespeare, and the redeeming power of retsina.
I hitchhiked to Greece in my first nomadic summer, and discovered my native land. I've been exploring it ever since -- hiking in the Pelion, kayaking in the Dodecanese, sailing the Aegean.
Maps are my recreational drug of choice. After wearing out five passports and four continents I decided to uncork my memories and imagination -- and a bottle or two of retsina -- to write "Café Tempest.” I invite you to my mythical island of Pharos, to laugh and dance in the hammock, not the cradle of Western civilization.
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Travel Squire devoted a February issue to Greece featuring Barbara Bonfigli's "Cafe Tempest" It's just what the snowman ordered. Personally Speaking features Barbara's article on climbing Mt. Olympus, First Glass introduces the "Tempestini," cocktail, and the Ultimate Takeaway is her ode to the natural sponge. There's also a book review and excerpt from "Café Tempest" and a screening of BB's funny, useful Greek Travel Tip videos. Check out this zippy, street-smart, wide-ranging magazine, and consider their custom tailored travel service the next time your head is spinning with this planet's infinite possibilities. .
"NYTimes Travel Show update. "Cafe Tempest" was the #1 best selling travel fiction at the New York Times Travel Show- Javits Convention Center. Opa!"
"An Evening at Café Tempest" in Athens. Eleftheroudakis, Greece's largest bookstore chain, presented "Café Tempest" at its flagship store in Athens.
Greece is Open: Come and Seafor Yourself -- Because suddenly Greece is affordable and un-crowded. And as spectacularly beautiful as ever.
Tripatini -- a fantastic website for savvy independent travelers --known as "Facebook for travelers" (New York Post) --
has chosen "Café Tempest" as their Read of the Week. BB blogs her delicious travel adventures for them.
BB is blogging for Austin-Lehman Adventures, voted the #1 Tour Operator in the World (Travel+Leisure Magazine, 2009).
ALA is giving "Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island" to every client who books their new Greece/Cyclades Islands trip.Check out this high end, small-group, multi-sport adventure. It's brilliantly designed to immerse mind and spirit in Greek culture, not forgetting a luxury hotel and terrific meal at the end of your hike, your paddle, and your horseback ride.
Joyful disclosure: I'm an ALA alum and fan. I suggest you check them out anytime they're headed in the direction of your dreams.
Read my blog: Learn to Love Retsina
CaféTempest is available in bookstores nationwide
Athens Plus Review
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Pasatiempo Magazine in the Santa Fe New Mexican
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Latest on the web: November 13:Barbara Bonfigli, Café Tempest, interview and reading 2:30pm.
Write on 4 Corners, KSJE-FM 90.9 http://www.ksje.com
Bloggers chime in on CAFÉ TEMPEST
Book review by Wayne Hulbert
Book review Joyce Anthony blogspot