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Book Launch: To Walk Is To See It: 1 Couple, 98 Days, 1400 Miles on Europe’s GR5
September 7, 2023 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
June Anderson in conversation with author Kathy Elkind. Wine and cheese included with interview and discussion.
In 2018, Kathy Elkind and her husband decided to take a grown-up “gap year” in Europe and walk the 1,400-mile Grande Randonnée Cinq (GR5) across The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France. At fifty-seven, Kathy has chosen comfort over hardship: she and Jim get to indulge in warm beds and delicious regional food every night and croissants in the mornings. But the GR5 is not all comfort. Walking day after day for ninety-eight days brings sickness, accommodation struggles, language barriers, and storm shrouded mountains in the Alps. As the days unfold, however, she discovers her own wise strength and comes to the gratifying realization that a long marriage is like a long trail: there are ups and downs and it takes hard work to keep going, but the beauty along the way is staggering.
Books available at gallery reading or pick up ahead of time at Von Trapp or Bridge Side Books in Waterbury.