My review today is for From Moulin Rouge to Gaudi’s City by EJ Bauer, a travel memoir packed with ideas and experiences from Elizabeth’s first European visit to Paris, the south of France and Barcelona.
Paris had always been her dream and for many years Elizabeth thought it might just remain that, however events in life often change the way of our future paths. For Elizabeth, recovering from breast cancer led her to look differently on her future and saying ‘yes’ to a trip to Europe with her sister Louise and friend Bron was just the beginning.
Elizabeth takes us with them and I have to admit to experiencing more of Paris through the pages of this book than I have in real life and I live in France, only 400km from Paris. Our intrepid adventurers dined atop the Eiffel Tower, experienced the cabaret of the Moulin Rouge, took city walking tours, boat tours, a chateaux and wine tour in the Loire, a cycling tour to Giverny and Monet’s Garden, and so much more. It was exhausting! They then moved on to the south of France by train, where they hired a car and took in a different set of French experiences with every day packed to bursting, as their days in Paris had been. I take my hat off to them, especially as shingles were giving Elizabeth a bit of a hard time and Bron too had health issues.
I soon discovered their secret though; the magic elixir that kept them going, and it comes in a flute shaped glass, goes pop with you open the bottle and never failed to make me smile as I read of yet another bar stop where it was Champagne time once more.
Once the ladies had finished with France (for this visit anyway), Barcelona was their third and final destination. Here the weather was better than in Paris and their itinerary no less packed out. The only difference being the bars here served Cava and tapas to keep their energy levels up as they took in the sights and the shops.
This is an entertaining and enjoyable travel memoir that not only shows bags of enthusiasm for her destinations, but also the benefits of the careful and considered planning that obviously went into making this trip so special. It left me full of admiration for all they had achieved. Elizabeth's passion for travel is contagious so do be warned, this book will leave you wanting to pack for your own adventure. I know this trip was just the beginning for Elizabeth and I’m certainly looking forward to reading more of her travels in the future.
From Moulin Rouge to Gaudi’s City is available in ebook and paperback versions and links to Amazon can be found below.