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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

We're Back from Our Small Adventure!

So we're back on the west coast in the sunshine. It's strange to be home but I'm happy we arrived home safely, pulling too much luggage behind us. FYI, here's a visual to show you when you know you have too much luggage, though I'm not sure it's too bad for a five month stay!
After living in 60 square meters for the last four months our small Craftsman cottage seems huge. It seems we have a lot of stuff. I didn't miss it  and after having been away I'm not sure we need it all. Everything is as we left it thanks to our great renters and we'll certainly be using Sabbatical Homes to find tenants again, it's a great way to create a different life.
Place de la Bastille at sunset.
I'll be blogging about our trip for some time as I still have lots to let you know about Paris including a Street Art Tour, restaurant recommendations, museums, galleries and  gardens we liked - among lots more topics I'll be talking about over the summer. We also made  trips to Provence, the Dordogne, Burgundy and London (on the way home) so there will be food recommendations, hotel reviews and lots of details of walks, sites and destinations we enjoyed. Hopefully I won't bore you too much with all the things we liked!
Church near  the Gustav Moureau Museum.
I really appreciate how many of you have been following along. It's liberating to change your circumstances in a deliberate manner. Five months seemed like an eternity when we left and not long enough by the time we came home. We learnt a lot about the process of leaving and being elsewhere; renting out the house, finding places to rent, making friends, occupying yourself, working and managing a life from afar. It feels like we developed and then flexed a new skill and it's easy to  come home feeling hopeful and optimistic when your interactions with strangers were so overwhelmingly positive. 
Place Bauyoder at the end of "our" street on the day we left.