The Art of Flaneuring

The Art of Flaneuring A Fun And Practical Guide To Cultivating A Mindful And Fulfilling Everyday Life By Tapping Into Your Inner Flaneur Perfect For Fans Of Marie Kondo And The Little Book Of HyggeHave You Ever Been Walking Home From Work And Unexpectedly Took A Different Path Just To Learn About Your Neighborhood Or Have You Been On A Vacation And Walked Around A New City Just To Take It All In Then Chances Are, You Re A Flaneur And You Didn T Even Know It Originally Used To Describe Well To Do French Men Who Would Stroll City Streets In The Nineteenth Century, Flaneur Has Evolved To Generally Mean Someone Who Wanders With Intention Even If You Ve Already Embraced Being A Flaneur, Did You Know That Flaneuring Has Benefits Beyond Satisfying Your Craving For Wanderlust In The Art Of Flaneuring, Discover The Many Ways Flaneuring Can Spark Creativity, Support A Mindful Mentality, And Improve Your Overall Well Being, Including How Flaneuring Your Mundane Daily Routine Can Boost Your Mental Health Why Flaneuring Isn T Just For Jet Setters You Can Flaneur Anywhere How To Manage Your Stress At The Office By Doing Fun Flaneur Inspired Activities How To Use Flaneuring To Connect On A Deeper Level With Your Friends And Partner And So Much With This Practical And Engaging Guide, You Can Learn How To Channel Your Inner Flaneur And Cultivate A Creative, Fulfilling, And Mindful Everyday Life Quick review I really enjoyed this treasure of a book Flaneuring is something that I ve always craved but never quite knew how to describe it or achieve it Owen does a fantastic job here and has suggestions for all types of flaneurs, even the ones who can t be physically active.Full review Flanuering is a word I had encountered before and immediately loved As the subtitle indicates, it s a sort of wandering without a set destination I think we ve all done this at one time or another especially as children Flaneuring reminds me of how I used to wander the woods behind my house for hours, just poking into things, and the magical feeling of discovering an old barn or neighbors I never knew were on the other side of the wood It s one of those nostalgic feelings that I ve always thought of recapturing The Art of Flaneuring is just the book I needed for that It goes through a short history of the original French flaneurs, and then dives right into how one can incorporate flanuering into your daily routine I thought the recommendations were great, and there was pretty much something for everyone I did get the feeling that flanuering would work best in a large walkable city, like New York where I think the author lives , and many recommendations assume a city like that a little However, there really is something for everyone, including recommendations for people who can t walk I would highly recommend The Art of Flaneuring for anyone who gets that wanderlust feeling at home This book seems styled in the tradition of The Little Book of Hygge The Danish Way to Live Well or The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing small, well designed, and focusing on a small change that can make a big difference in day to day life.Please visit my blog, The Book Sloth, for of my babblings. I loved Erika Owen s book, The Art of Flaneuring This was a very helpful guide on flaneuring, a concept born from old French men from years past who would aimlessly wander looking for romance in the day to day details that oftentimes go ignored The book takes this decades old concept into the 21st century with a host of ideas for flaneuring in the modern age.Ms Owen also makes it clear time and time again that this concept isn t just for old French men either She gives great tips for women who would like to flaneur as well She speaks to the reader like she is an old friend, picking up on an old conversation Her language style is casual and humorous It is like she found her new favorite hobby and wants everyone to know about it That relaxed style invites the reader to join her on her journey and to take up the new endeavor alongside her.The book covers flaneuring in your city as well as in a new city It covers flaneuring in the car or on a bike, flaneuring for exercise, and many other related topics This was a wonderful new concept that I hope to incorporate and into my own routines to see of the world around me If you want to learn about this beautiful exercise of aimlessly wandering with the intention of discovering the beauty around you, go get a copy of Ms Owen s new book I received this as an eBook from Tiller Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of the title I did not receive any compensation from either company The opinions expressed herein are completely my own. This delightful book presents fresh ways to enjoy life, and in particular, walking A current day Flaneurer is someone who lives in the moment and takes in their surroundings in a relaxed and meditative way Instead of walking just to get somewhere, or for exercise, this book promotes ways to make your walk even fulfilling and to help add interest and relaxation to your day Stressed at work Flaneur Subway too crowded Flaneur This book also includes ways to Flanuer if you are physically disabled or are interested in video games I received this book in a giveaway from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and want to thank them for this opportunity This is a book that I plan on purchasing once it is out to the public. A big thank you to NetGalley, the author, and publisher for giving me a copy of this book for an unbiased review.3 stars Liked itThis is a delightful read for anyone who loves walking specifically, flaneuring, or wandering with intention Owen delves into the history of flaneuring, tips and tricks on how to incorporate this activity into your daily routine, and flaneuring as a global phenomenon Overall, I found the book very enjoyable I ve wandered with intention all over the globe most recently in Paris, where I decided to visit only a few landmarks but otherwise to just spend the day wandering That twenty mile walk was one of my best travel experiences As such, I m all for flaneuring and I found Owen s passion for it very uplifting She writes as if speaking to a friend, so the book has a genuine, warm tone She also provides many practical tips on how to improve your flaneuring and her advice is quite creative Owen explores everything from walking as a form of meditation to using Google Maps to explore to world on a time money budget, to wandering your local grocery store with intention if that s all you have access to In fact, she is very conscious of the privilege of walking, and does a good job on offering flaneuring advice to those who may not have the physical ability or time for a walk I also appreciated the chapter that discusses how people flaneur all around the world from friendship walks in Uganda to geocaching in Germany If you want to get off the couch and see the world, or even learn to be inspired by the mundane, this book is a great place to start The reason it did not get stars from me is that I felt some chapters were unnecessary For example, there is a chapter in which she surveys her friends and family about why they walk It asks questions such as Do you feel better after walking outside which to me seems excessive Does anyone not Moreover, there are chapters about which exact food to pack on a picnic or what to wear for flaneuring depending on the season This being said, I found her chapter on meditation helpful, so maybe there are readers who feel that the subjects I mentioned actually are useful, but they felt excessive to me There were also some concepts that, while creative, seemed like a bit of a stretch For example, she recommends cyber flaneuring, which seemed like a fancy word for get lost in an Internet rabbit hole However, I appreciated the creativity of her other flaneuring ideas, so it s only fair that some would resonate with me so than others Ultimately, this book motivated me to be mindful of my surroundings, and to incorporate flaneuring into my daily life I could imagine purchasing this book for a friend who is about to go on a long trip, or as a gift for someone trying to live a mindful life I also think that this book is very good for anyone battling anxiety or depression not only will it motivate you to get outside and get moving, but the tone in which Owen writes is very pleasant and soothing Learning how to engage with your surroundings in a mindful way through flaneuring is a concept I can get behind. This is an interesting little book that teaches you how to flaneur wander for fun in all different ways Apparently flaneuring was something upper class white French men used to do when they had enough leisure time to just stroll around seeing, learning and thinking things It is apparently the latest cultural in thing, like hygge a few years ago Flaneuring sounds kind of fun but I m not sure a book is really needed One web page could easily sum up what it is and give some ideas This is nearly 200 pages, so it seems like the author really stretched the concept as much as possible She did seem to touch on just about everything you possibly could regarding the subject, including ways to virtually flaneur google earth or browsing the net , flaneur on vacation, while driving, while at work, during exercise, etc She even talks about doing it in places like Walmart a personal no for me She also goes into ways to stay safe and points out that it s a lot easier for white men to safely wander around than women or people of color, a very valid and somber point There s also talk about various incarnations that other countries have of the same basic concept and even games and apps that you can flaneur in like Minecraft.This is a fun book that got me thinking of places I could wander alone and with my kids hubby is disabled and cannot walk long distances, which makes it harder to flaneur with him This is the sort of thing we already do quite a lot of, particularly in nature, but it was interesting to think about extensions of it and to find out it had a name The book might make a sweet holiday gift for someone who enjoys that sort of thing My rating system 1 hated it2 it was okay3 liked it4 really liked it5 love it, plan to purchase, and or would buy it again if it was lostI read a temporary digital ARC of the book for the purpose of review. The Art of Flaneuring is to wander intentionally in an aimless way It is a technique to use mindfulness, live in the moment, and get some exercise.It was first practiced by rich, slightly drunken Frenchmen in the late 1800s In modern times, it isn t so limiting In fact, flaneuring can be done at work, while driving, or when traveling It is healthy to let your unconscious mind free rein over where you go for a few minutes Though, of course, you eventually want to return to your starting point.I am a master flaneur, even if I had no name for it prior to reading this book And, of course, occasionally that results in getting myself hopelessly lost Now, with a convenient pocket GPS my iPhone , I can always spin myself around to the right direction It is freeing to just wander I think most people will enjoy the tips and tricks in this book for how to begin and excel at it However, I thought the Art of Flaneuring occasionally repeated itself perhaps to fill a certain word count 3 stars but possibly for fans of Marie Kondo or the Swedish art of Hygge.Thanks to Tiller Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

[Ebook] ➭ The Art of Flaneuring  ➬ Erika Owen –
  • Hardcover
  • 192 pages
  • The Art of Flaneuring
  • Erika Owen
  • 14 September 2019
  • 9781982133511