In France it was hot, with noisy insects (cicadas) creaking forever. Outside the gite, there was an ant nest that was populated enough to spoil the tranquility of breakfast and lunch. But it was hot.
I like Peter Carey’s book The Big Bazoohley and the world inside the big hotel where the story happens. I found some camera-ready artwork I did for chapter opening pages showing the exterior of the Hotel Redward. (The Big Bazoohley, published by University of Qld Press).