This is Istria, a region of Croatia known for its rolling hills of vineyards and truffle forests. When I took this photograph, I was sitting in a cabana in a Medieval hilltown. The day was very hot and still, and the haze in the photo is exactly the way it was. I didn’t want to leave. In a way, I haven’t left. I think of this place often.
If someone paid me money to sequester myself and finish the novel, this is the place I would go.