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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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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