From Charles: If you could turn any room or building in the world into your writing studio, what would you choose and why?
I love to pack up my laptop and go out into the world and write. So I'd choose Cafe Florian, in Venice, the oldest coffee shop in the world (est. 1720). Dean and I were there in Spring of 2000: It is gorgeous, stunning, historical, and inspiring. And the cappuccinos aren't bad, either. Check out the link to see a slideshow. Starbuck's: Eat your heart out.
Cafe Florian: The oldest cafe in Venice is situated on the Piazza San Marco and has been the meeting-place and rendez-vous of artists and poets, writers and politicians. The prices are very high but it's worth a visit. Address: Piazza San Marco, tel.: (+39) 41 520 5641 http://www.caffeflorian.com/