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The Valley of Heaven and Hell – Cycling in the Shadow of Marie-Antoinette
Susie Kelly
5 stars

In her fourth travelogue, Susie and her husband take to their bikes to explore the Marne valley, following in the carriage tracks of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI in their abortive escape attempt from the French revolution.

Susie is not a born cyclist, as she discovers within the first five minutes of a journey that will last three weeks. Neither does she look her best in Lycra cycling gear. While her husband whirls along effortlessly, she frequently grinds to a halt and has to be rescued. But the pair keep pedalling, from the glitz of Versailles to the hilly Champagne vineyards, via a hair-raising ride through Paris and through quaint provincial towns and sombre battlefields.

Like the best-selling “Best Foot Forward – a 500-mile walk through hidden France”, and “Travels with Tinkerbelle – 6,000 miles around France in a mechanical wreck”, “The Valley of Heaven and Hell – cycling in the shadow of Marie-Antoinette” is an enjoyable mixture of travel and history, told in Susie’s characteristically light-hearted and self-depreciating style. One for armchair travellers to enjoy, or a good holiday read.

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