Gap Year Girl: A Baby Boomer Adventure Across 21 Countries

Gap Year Girl: A Baby Boomer Adventure Across 21 Countries

by Marianne C. Bohr


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Gap Year Girl: A Baby Boomer Adventure Across 21 Countries by Marianne C. Bohr

In the 1960s and ’70s, thousands of baby boomers strapped packs to their backs and flocked to Europe, wandering the continent on missions of self-discovery. Many of these boomers still dream of “going back”—of once again cutting themselves free and revisiting the places they encountered in their youth, recapturing what was, and creating fresh memories along the way. Marianne Bohr and her husband, Joe, did just that.

In Gap Year Girl , Bohr describes what it’s like to kiss your job good-bye, sell your worldly possessions, pack your bags, and take off on a quest for adventure. Page by page, she engagingly recounts the experiences, epiphanies, highs, lows, struggles, surprises, and lessons learned as she and Joe journey as independent travelers on a budget—through medieval villages and bustling European cities, unimaginable culinary pleasures, and the entertaining (and sometimes infuriating) characters encountered along the way. Touching on universal themes of escape, adventure, freedom, discovery, and life reimagined, Gap Year Girl is an exciting account of a couple’s experiences on an unconventional, past the-blush-of-youth journey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631528200
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Marianne C. Bohr, freelance writer and editor, married her high school sweetheart and travel partner. With their two grown children, she follows her own advice and travels at every opportunity. Marianne lives outside Washington, DC, where, after decades in publishing, she followed her Francophile muse to teach middle school French. Gap Year Girl is her first book.

Table of Contents

Foreword 13

Introduction 17

1 Anticipation 23

2 Paris, Beginnings 49

3 La France Profonde 81

4 The Iberian Peninsula 111

5 Moroccan Adventure 139

6 Back on Terra Familiar 163

7 An Italian Winter 187

8 Mezzogiorno 213

9 Heading North and East 239

10 The Paris Marathon 257

11 The Greek Isles 267

12 A Voyage to Antiquity 283

13 From Venice to Turkey 293

14 The Hills Are Alive 313

15 Provençal Paradise 335

16 We'll Always Have Paris 359

Acknowledgments 375

About the Author 376

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Gap Year Girl: A Baby Boomer Adventure Across 21 Countries 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite In a fun, well-written and informative new book penned by author Marianne C. Bohr, Gap Year Girl: A Baby Boomer Adventure Across 21 Countries recounts the story of the author and her husband as they said goodbye to their jobs and all of their worldly possessions in order to return to places they had visited on their travels in their youth. Following a dream held closely by many of the baby boomer generation, the couple traverses 21 continents during their journey, lives on a budget, and sees and does more than many do in several lifetimes. Readers will smile, laugh, and be touched at the author's recounting of their experiences, and if they didn't have wanderlust before, they certainly will now! I so enjoyed Gap Year Girl: A Baby Boomer Adventure Across 21 Countries. Author Marianne C. Bohr has done a great job at finding the perfect balance between telling the story of their travels, providing information about each place they visited, and just being plain entertaining. Any reader with an interest in travel, especially those of the baby boomer generation, would thoroughly enjoy this book. I highly recommend Gap Year Girl: A Baby Boomer Adventure Across 21 Countries to any such reader. I certainly hope that author Marianne C. Bohr will continue with her traveling adventures and will continue writing about them. For those of us who find ourselves a bit landlocked at this time, reading books such as hers just might provide us with a little bit of wind in our sails!
JReppy More than 1 year ago
Jealous! Jealous! Jealous! It would be amazing to leave one's cares behind and explore new parts of the world for a year (or even just a few months). While I would not choose the same itinerary, there are many places they travel that I would like to visit. A strong point of the book is that she does not sugar-coat the experience. Along with all the wonderful things they see and do, she also discusses the unpleasant moments, including feeling homesick or depressed or feeling uncomfortable by their surroundings (their visit to Morocco was particularly tough). She shares the lessons they learn about themselves and what they need; although both introverts, they need other people around, if only for people watching. And as nice as it can be to leave technology behind for awhile, they need Internet access regularly to connect with family and the outside world. And at times they need simple acts of kindness, especially when in unfamiliar places and dealing with unexpected difficulties. It was neat that they spent Christmas week in London, because I did the same years ago. They definitely had the better Christmas Day/Christmas meal, but I think I had the better week. I was saddened that Vienna was underwhelming for them, because I loved the time I spent there. This book was a pleasure to read. Not only was the subject matter interesting, but the author has a writing style that is engaging and descriptive and leaves you wanting more. I would highly recommend this book. I was provided with an advanced reader copy through Goodreads First Reads.