Book Review for “A European Odyssey”

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of “A European Odyssey” by Bailey Alexander.]

Bailey Alexander’s book is a memoir that stems from the author’s quest to discover her true identity.

Bailey Alexander’s life was flourishing in Seattle. She had developed a successful business, got married, and even retired after five years of building her company. But in 1999, Bailey’s beloved mother, Muv, makes the most bizarre of all confessions to her. The truth changes Bailey’s life and inspires her to embark on an intriguing odyssey across Europe. It helps that Bailey’s husband, Francis, loves traveling too. He is also trying to set up his business empire. Hence, they both lived a nomadic lifestyle in Europe for about 20 years, searching for a place to call their home.

Firstly, I must commend Bailey for the geography and history lessons in this book. I am in awe of how well-traveled the author is. What intrigued me the most was how Bailey was able to describe each town they visited excellently. Though I have not been to any of the European cities mentioned in this book, I enjoyed the author’s insights into the cultures of the cities. Good job, Bailey!

What I liked the most about this book was the author’s writing style. Her vivid descriptions are praiseworthy! I felt like I embarked on the trips with her. I enjoyed how easy it was to picture the things and events she described. There was nothing left out in her narration. She covered the culture, food, politics and even gave some history lessons of the places she visited. I was educated and entertained at the same time, but I was never confused due to how smoothly the story flowed.

Nevertheless, I admired how Bailey made friends with ease. I learned through her story how important it is to have a good relationship with other people. Also, I found her husband’s determination to succeed in his business to be very inspiring. Of all the cities Bailey lived in, Venice is my favorite. Who knows? I might get the opportunity to visit the city someday.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this title and eagerly await the next book from this author. There was nothing I disliked about this book. It is professionally edited and with few typos. This title is also concise and devoid of profanities. Therefore, I am glad to rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I am recommending it to readers who love intriguing memoirs, especially those interested in learning about the cultures of a good number of cities in Europe.

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Today’s interview; a Priest named Don Piero. A ‘one off’ as we say in the Anglo world. And most beloved.

At 87, Don Piero is now retired, still animated, small in stature with a personality that looms large. Very sweet and very much in love with his church. One that lives in a nearby town, built in 1779, in Cesole. He showed us many spaces within, architecture full of Roman arches, along with the first stone that built this church.

I loved the keys, he let me use them to open doors, the keys were larger and heavier than my first little dog, a papillon named Colette.

He spoke half in Piemontese so I understood little, but he took us 72 steps below this church, the most impressive church in this area; to a ‘romantic, historical’ little room below, for the interview.

It was a divine trip.

“The Monica and Alberto interview” When you think of old school Piemontese producers, they are the ‘it’ couple. They are both solid, with fantastic stories, and they’re funny. Alberto’s family’s been farming our valley since before America’s founding fathers even got going…

This project, my next book, a series of interviews with the Piemontese will be available in both English and Italian. It’s a complicated process, labor intensive and unfolding in a relatively profound way. Stay tuned…

Today’s weather report teases this is the last gasp of high summer heat. And now we must wait patiently for the vendemmia, with high hopes amidst strange days.

Our lovely gazebo flew away last week in the midst of a crazy summer thunder storm, apparently we have one every seven years, or so they say. I only arrived 7 years ago, so how would I know?

I guess we could have nailed the gazebo down, but we didn’t; however, this was the second gazebo to fly away this summer. The first one lasted two summer seasons, it was much lighter, but this didn’t matter, they both flew away, just like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. I often mention Dorothy because I too experienced my own emotional cyclone, I even had a dog named Godot, which sounded quite like Dorothy’s little dog Toto. My own emotional cyclone inspired my European Odyssey, so many moons ago.

But back to the storm that took away our gazebo…

…my husband was away on this dramatic day, on Lake Garda, but when I shared the news over the phone, his response sounded culturally catholic, and right when he said, “God does not want us to have a gazebo,” and I just had to agree.

Soon, summer will end, along with the harvest. Cycles slightly bittersweet, because Piemonte winters can feel awfully long…

All the more reason to enjoy the last gasp of swimming season…

Extraordinary woman, extraordinary interview. Anna Fila Robattino

My first book, “A European Odyssey” started with a secret that had to be told. This set me on a twenty year odyssey, starting in Seattle, a former home, and ending up in a place called Piemonte, located in northwest Italy.

My next book “The secret that needs to be told” will reveal the secrets of Piemonte through a series of interviews, starting with Anna Fila Robattino.

Ann is extraordinary and well known here in Piemonte. She was born in Biella and now lives in Olme Gentile. Anna went to University in Torino, studying philosophy and prano therapy. However, her journey led her into the deep study of herbs; not only does she do consulting for homeopathic therapies, but her nature walks are impressive with a large following. We don’t just listen to her detailed descriptions about wild herbs, we write them down. Then we attend again.

Anna’s approach is unique; it’s about absorbing the miracle of nature in this biodiveristy that is Piemonte.

The secret to be revealed, soon.

No. 41: We’re on the hero’s journey together, perhaps our darkest hour, and yet the elixir is out there, waiting for us to find it.

Today’s Daily Bailey Alexander vid vignette explores Joseph Campbell’s ‘Hero with a Thousand Faces’.

Alas, now we’re on the journey, together, billions of us. Having left the ordinary world, we’ve now entered the extraordinary one.

We need our mentor, we need to deal with the challenges, and overcome them so we can find the elixir, take it back to the ordinary world and share it with everyone. At least that’s the plan…