Home Again!

We are back home after a wonderful trip to England and France! As much as I loved the trip, I was overjoyed to be back home. We were away for seven weeks and it felt a bit too long. I think five weeks is perfect for us these days. We used to be able to do seven to ten week trips, but now it is harder to be away that long. Partly because of work, partly because it just seems like a long time.

After all the time in England, it was shocking to see the brilliant sunshine in Santa Fe. It is turning cold here – there is a bit of snow on the mountains – but it is beautifully sunny.

The week in Bath was perfect! We had a lovely apartment behind the Royal Crescent. We met Gavin and Cheryl for lunch one day and did lots of walking and exploring.

Spent four weeks in Winchcombe – a perfect location. Did lots of walks and exploring the area. Spent a lovely Sunday afternoon with Wendy and Richard! Spent a week with Steph (WebFabbrica) – she came up to England to see us. Lovely dinner out with Jonathan, Philippa (Jonathan’s wife) and Stephanie one night, then saw Jonathan and Philippa perform in a concert in Cheltenham (and got a backstage tour), another lovely evening at their house before we left.

Winchcombe weather started off sunny but turned a bit rainy on and off for the last half of our time there.

Flew Bristol to Nice and spent 12 nights in a house in Goult, a village in the Luberon, near Apt. Loved the house, loved the village, loved the Luberon, loved France! Visited with Kaydee and her family. Spent a lovely evening with Kevin Widrow and his family on their wine and cherry estate. Turned out we were only a 10 minute drive from where Kaydee is staying and 10 minutes in the other direction to where Kevin lives.

South of France was hot and sunny the first half of our time there, but then we got some rain. We visited Aix en Provence and Avignon – loved both cities.

Flew back to England for a last 3 nights in London. Went out for a fabulous dinner and play with Lisa. Spent Sunday afternoon with BeeBee and husband (and lovely dog). Another dinner with Lisa on our last night. Had the world’s smallest hotel room – but we loved the area (Earl’s Court).

It was turning into winter in London!

Now we are back home and getting caught up on things.

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Pauline Kenny

Pauline Kenny and Steve Cohen are US expats living in Dorset. We moved to the UK in 2010. Read about our move. If you would like to talk about travel, please join us on the Slow Europe Travel Forums.