Bon Voyage is an illustrated book inspired by my memoir Definition of Freedom. It is also available as an e-book and audiobook narrated in
British English by the lovely Beverley Murray. Bon Voyage is the second part of a childrenís book series. The story is magical.
It inspires. It educates. It pays homage to the beauty of Europe by taking you to its breathtaking
cities where you will explore the geography, culture, and history.
With The Bon Voyage Charity Project we like to donate print books
(The adventure of Monsieur Jac Couture part 1 & 2) and
audiobooks to school libraries and to children who are not able to travel because of health or financial reasons.
With your support we can educate many children about European geography, history,
and art while putting a smile on their face as they join Monsieur Jac Couture and little Lily on their journey.
As you can imagine, the cost of producing and shipping books, can be challenging for an indie author,
so every donation helps us take a child on an adventure. Every little bit helps! Thank you for your support.
Thank you for your kindness. Thank you for your love and caring.
If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions about how we can support as many children as possible, please donít hesitate to
FYI: Our two charity projects is active throughout the entire year and not only on Christmas!
THE STORY BEHIND BON VOYAGE
For fifteen years my mum and I, as war refugees, couldnít travel and leave Switzerland. We felt like prisonerís in a golden cage,
sentenced for life, and only because we had left our war-torn country for a future in safety. But traveling is very important.
People who never travel miss out on so much experience and knowledge.
I remember the days when all my schoolmates came back from their summer or Christmas holidays and told me all about their magical destinations.
I admit I really envied them. For fifteen years I collected travel brochures with amazing destinations and stored them under my bed knowing
that I could never ever visit these places because of our papers. I remember an occasion where I even won a trip for two to Paris and Disneyland.
It was always my dream to visit this gorgeous city with my mum. And I had never ever won anything before or after that. Well, as you can imagine it
was extremely heartbreaking for a fourteen-year-old girl to pass the prize to someone else.
It took fifteen years until my mum and I were finally allowed to leave Switzerland and that was like a miracle for us. Visiting
all these cities that I wanted to see for so many years could finally become a reality. My dream country had always been the USA,
probably because of all the TV series that I watched as a teenager. So, the first countries we visited were Canada, America, and
United Kingdom. We visited Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York, and London. Five years later we finally had
the chance to discover the beauty of the European countries as well.
Switzerland is located right in the middle of Europe, but despite having historical and amazing countries such as Germany, Austria,
Italy, and France within an hour drive or flight we hadnít had the chance to discover these wonderful countries for almost twenty years.
All these countries didnít give us a touristic visa until Switzerland became one of the Schengen members in 2008. In 2007 though, only
a month before this happened, we had the chance to visit Italy thanks to the kind embassy of Italy, who gave us Visas and welcomed us.
The feeling of freedom was indescribable. A long dream and desire finally came true. And that was just the beginning of many more travels
to come that we have shared in Bon Voyage with our readers and listeners.