...blow a familiar note that will be easily recognized by those who have read Mr. Gibbings' other pleasantly ruminative books about picturesque Europe and about the South Seas (see Coming Down the Seine, Over the Reefs and Far Away etc.) Moving this time between France, Italy and his own Britain, Mr. Gibbings relishes each spot as he comes to live in it. There is the small Ile de Re off Anglers and the quaint harbor of La Flotte where he came to try his hand at painting after he was unable to find an apartment in Paris. Rather arresting descriptions of the sea town give way to the colors of Paris and London as he moves back again. But perhaps the most impressive of his sojourns Is at Positano near Naples. There in a house that was made conveniently empty for a few months, Gibbings came to know and enjoy a countryside in his own very comforting way. People too come into the narrative; the new friends Gibbings makes are ours as well. The chapters are decorated with tidy wood engravings by the author which, with the narrative, provide an artist's recall of people and places.