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The Valley of Heaven and Hell: Cycling in the Shadow of Marie Antoinette

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?If you love to explore, if you love France, or if you simply love to laugh, this is armchair travel at its very best.

Following the route taken by Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette on their escape from the French Revolution and their journey back to their executions, Susie and Terry cycle over 500 miles in 3 weeks. They dine sometimes in luxury, but often on weird makeshift meals in their tent.

Along the way there are traumas, epiphanies, occasional matrimonial disagreements and the odd glass of champagne.

Join Susie in this unexplored part of France, flowing with champagne, as she cycles beside calm waterways and through tranquil countryside, bursting with history. Idyllic territory for cyclists. But cyclist Susie is not.

By suggesting an electric bicycle for the uphill slogs, her husband Terry persuades her that travelling on two wheels is by far the best way to see this little-known, virtually undocumented region.

A hair-raising journey through Paris nearly ends in her own execution by traffic. But Susie wobbles on - from Marie Antoinette's palace at Versailles to the vineyards and champagne cellars of Epernay and Reims, through to the Marne valley, the scene of horror and devastation during World War 1.

"There are a handful of authors who achieve that elusive trick of making you laugh out loud. For me it's James Herriot, Bill Bryson and Susie Kelly." FrenchEntrée Magazine

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  • Publication Date: March 22, 2011
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Print Length: 258 Pages
  • File Size: 1,094 KB

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