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Travel with Susie as she wobbles through Paris and Versailles, the battlefields of World War 1, the Champagne region and more. In this unique Blackbird Digital Books presentation the reader can follow the author’s journey online through links to the websites of hotels, campsites, gardens, restaurants, historical places of interest, and even songs, that Susie encounters along her way.
Susie Kelly has already walked 900km solo from La Rochelle to Geneva (Best Foot Forward, first pub. Bantam, reissued by Blackbird Digital Books) and driven the entire circumference of France (Travels With Tinkerbelle, first pub, Bantam 2006 as A Perfect Circle), but cyclist she is not. By suggesting an electric bicycle to get her through the worst of the uphill slogs, her husband persuades her that travelling on 2 wheels is by far the best way to see the little-known, virtually undocumented part of France they plan to explore. And so, with not a few mishaps and misgivings, it turns out.
The Valley of Heaven and Hell is a quirky, highly entertaining and endearing mix of personal travel adventure and French history. Alongside her energetic and resourceful husband (when he’s not zooming on ahead), Susie follows the identical route taken by Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI when they tried to escape from the Revolution, and their journey back to their executions. After a hair-raising journey through Paris that nearly ends in her own execution by traffic, Susie finds an area of calm waterways and tranquil countryside bursting with history. Idyllic territory for cyclists. Her route takes her from Versailles to the vineyards and champagne cellars of Epernay and Reims then through the Marne valley, the scene of unimaginable horror and devastation during World War 1.
In three weeks Susie and Terry cycle 500 miles, dining sometimes in luxury and often on weird makeshift meals in their tent. Along the way there are traumas, epiphanies, occasional matrimonial disagreements and the odd glass of champagne. Keeping up appearances amongst the petite, chic French at some of Susie’s more luxurious stops creates some serious fashion moments, tempered, as always, by Susie’s good humour and resilience.
“A wonderful combination of travelogue, funny anecdotes with the added bonus of weaving throughout an easily digestible history lesson.”
“This is a book I could read again and again.”
For more information about Susie Kelly and her books visit her website French Footprints
Susie on Twitter @SusieEnFrance
Susie’s blog www.nodamnblog.wordpress.com.
Susie’s Facebook Page