If you are an armchair traveller, you will love this book. Maggie and her husband will be cold, wet, lost and uncomfortable for you. Without getting blisters or losing your wallet you can walk for 1000 kilometres starting in France, crossing the Swiss Alps, travelling the length of Tuscany and ending in Rome, following the the Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrimage route. Told with humour and a wide-eyed enjoyment of the scenery, the artworks, the people of Italy and the many startling surprises along the way, this takes you on a journey that is very funny, very informative and very different. Almost all of the reviews give it 5 stars.
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It is very light-hearted and flippant. It writes about something very unusual – a two-month walk. Apart from visiting a few famous places along the way, the travel is off the beaten track.
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Write for fun, enjoy the process, but work at it like a job.
When I was 21 years old and married for six months we sold everything that wasn’t nailed down and went to Africa. Our only plan was to get out of Australia, where we had grown up, and have an adventure. The cheapest way to get to another continent was by boat and we grabbed the chance. Three weeks later we stood on the dock in Durban without a clue about anything. We had a page torn out of an old school atlas as our guidebook and we learnt everything by trial and error, mostly error. We didn’t go home for three years.
We travelled the length of Africa by penny buses and hitch-hiking, ending up going down the Nile on a barge. We roamed Europe on a motor-cycle. We got a taste for going to remote and difficult places and for living on the smell of an oily rag in order to explore yet another fascinating country.
We bought a beat-up old Land Rover in England and drove it home to Australia, living in the back and surviving one hair-raising event after another. We travelled Australia, crossing deserts, sand dunes and flooded rivers.
And then, of course, we settled down, raised a family and paid off the mortgage. But it was only a matter of time before we set off on another adventure…
I wrote a blog on our trip and the readers kept telling me I should turn it into a book.
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