On the move

Underwood Hi, here's Jo, with a picture that seems an auspicious welcome to our new home.

Here, there, everywhere!

We all talk about being busy, but I really have been. Early in October I went to France for a Dorothy Dunnett gathering, which was delightful. I got home in time to prepare to move from Yorkshire to Devon. We'd hardly settled, and certainly not opened all the boxes, before I set off to Rome to play with Mary Jo and attend a writer/reader conference there. It was delightful, too, but now I can try to settle back to ordinary life, pick up the MIP, refresh my web page and generally get caught up with everything.

Including picking the winners from my last blog. I haven't forgotten!

First Paris, and Dorothy Dunnett.

To save space I'll just say, if you haven't tried her historical novels, do so. (Click on the link above for more.) You may not like them, but if you do, they're a feast. Her 15th and 16th century books travel a lot, so they naturally lead to exploratory visits to very interesting places.

You can enjoy some picture journeys to a few here. There's one coming up next year to Istanbul.

 Pictures of Paris.

No one's putStbarbe up Paris pictures yet, so here are a few, but mostly not your usual Paris pics!

Sainte Barbe. These students were bewildered to find a group of tourists staring reverently at the uninspiring modern College de Ste Barbe. But the original, founded 1460, was where Lymond, Dunnett's great hero, went for his education in France. And in one of the novels, he climbs the walls as he had as a student. Of course we gathered! Seine

The Seine. For a more conventional offering, one early start caught magical light on the Seine near our apartment.

Jeu de Paume Back tPaummeo the unusual, but not so much, this is the jeu de paumme court in Fontainebleau. A game of jeu de paumme between King Henri II and one of the fictional characters plays a significant part in book 2 of the Lymond Chronicles, Queens' Play.

I'll blog more about this later, but it was fascinating to watch a demonstration of this ancient forerunner of tennis. The original game was played in the streets, bouncing the ball off walls, which is why it's enclosed, and even incorporates a sloping bit at the left to represent the roofs of stalls.

Chantilly.

In the books, Lymond never visited the Chateau de Chantilly (yes, of the cream fame) but it's definitely in the period, and we had a wonderful private tour and a delicious dinner. As we all left happily at a late hour, I took this picture of part of the chateau reflected in water. Chantilly

Rome

Rome was mainly to meet fans there. Both Mary Jo and I have many books translated into Italian and published by Mondadori, and we did indeed meet a bunch of very happy readers, which is always delightful.

Back to the Convent! We also got to stay in a hotel — the Domus Sessoriana — which was once a convent. I attended convent boarding school, and the high, echoing corridors brought back memories.

Lhme My school was Layton Hill Convent, now St. Mary's College in Blackpool, and on the website here I found a picture of me! I'm in the back row next to the nun.

The pic of the Blessed Sacrament dormitory is from the '40s, but it was still the same when I slept in it in the '60s. In the senior years we had rooms.

Roman Ruins. I reckon everyone's seen pictures of Roman ruins, but this one caught our eye as we walked along a very ordinary street near the convent. Rruin The grass and other weeds indicated it had been in this state for quite a while, but inside one could see magnificent details and painted ceilings. The next picture shows a door.

RomeRrruin2 really is so full of historic buildings that perhaps this is just another one and no one can be bothered with it, but it was rather boggling to see.

 

The end of the journey.

A wandering blog to go with my wandering life. And now I'm curious as to what you find most interesting or suitable for comment here.

At home for a while, thank heavens,

Jo

 

90 thoughts on “On the move”

  1. How delightful to see a picture of you in your school days, Jo! You look exactly like yourself, even then. The dormitory shot goes a long way toward squelching my childhood belief that it would be fun to go to boarding school, though. *g*
    Rome is an amazing place for sure–I’ll probably blog about it myself later. Like you, I’m now home and settling happily back to the normal life.

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  2. How delightful to see a picture of you in your school days, Jo! You look exactly like yourself, even then. The dormitory shot goes a long way toward squelching my childhood belief that it would be fun to go to boarding school, though. *g*
    Rome is an amazing place for sure–I’ll probably blog about it myself later. Like you, I’m now home and settling happily back to the normal life.

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  3. How delightful to see a picture of you in your school days, Jo! You look exactly like yourself, even then. The dormitory shot goes a long way toward squelching my childhood belief that it would be fun to go to boarding school, though. *g*
    Rome is an amazing place for sure–I’ll probably blog about it myself later. Like you, I’m now home and settling happily back to the normal life.

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  4. How delightful to see a picture of you in your school days, Jo! You look exactly like yourself, even then. The dormitory shot goes a long way toward squelching my childhood belief that it would be fun to go to boarding school, though. *g*
    Rome is an amazing place for sure–I’ll probably blog about it myself later. Like you, I’m now home and settling happily back to the normal life.

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  5. How delightful to see a picture of you in your school days, Jo! You look exactly like yourself, even then. The dormitory shot goes a long way toward squelching my childhood belief that it would be fun to go to boarding school, though. *g*
    Rome is an amazing place for sure–I’ll probably blog about it myself later. Like you, I’m now home and settling happily back to the normal life.

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  6. Interesting, Louis. I like the Dolly mysteries, but most people think her forte was the historicals. They are rather baroque, however, and the mysteries are just fun.
    They’re why Dunnett gatherings are called Spits. “Bifocals. I spit.”
    Jo 🙂

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  7. Interesting, Louis. I like the Dolly mysteries, but most people think her forte was the historicals. They are rather baroque, however, and the mysteries are just fun.
    They’re why Dunnett gatherings are called Spits. “Bifocals. I spit.”
    Jo 🙂

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  8. Interesting, Louis. I like the Dolly mysteries, but most people think her forte was the historicals. They are rather baroque, however, and the mysteries are just fun.
    They’re why Dunnett gatherings are called Spits. “Bifocals. I spit.”
    Jo 🙂

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  9. Interesting, Louis. I like the Dolly mysteries, but most people think her forte was the historicals. They are rather baroque, however, and the mysteries are just fun.
    They’re why Dunnett gatherings are called Spits. “Bifocals. I spit.”
    Jo 🙂

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  10. Interesting, Louis. I like the Dolly mysteries, but most people think her forte was the historicals. They are rather baroque, however, and the mysteries are just fun.
    They’re why Dunnett gatherings are called Spits. “Bifocals. I spit.”
    Jo 🙂

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  11. Beautiful pics Jo. Next time I should seriously consider to participate in a Dorothy Dunnet gathering (going to the Chateau de Chantilly alone would convince me!).
    It was lovely to meet you and Mary Jo in Rome, next time I will cook you an “amatriciana”.
    Maet

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  12. Beautiful pics Jo. Next time I should seriously consider to participate in a Dorothy Dunnet gathering (going to the Chateau de Chantilly alone would convince me!).
    It was lovely to meet you and Mary Jo in Rome, next time I will cook you an “amatriciana”.
    Maet

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  13. Beautiful pics Jo. Next time I should seriously consider to participate in a Dorothy Dunnet gathering (going to the Chateau de Chantilly alone would convince me!).
    It was lovely to meet you and Mary Jo in Rome, next time I will cook you an “amatriciana”.
    Maet

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  14. Beautiful pics Jo. Next time I should seriously consider to participate in a Dorothy Dunnet gathering (going to the Chateau de Chantilly alone would convince me!).
    It was lovely to meet you and Mary Jo in Rome, next time I will cook you an “amatriciana”.
    Maet

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  15. Beautiful pics Jo. Next time I should seriously consider to participate in a Dorothy Dunnet gathering (going to the Chateau de Chantilly alone would convince me!).
    It was lovely to meet you and Mary Jo in Rome, next time I will cook you an “amatriciana”.
    Maet

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  16. Pat, that’s an interesting question about glasses. I don’t think that many people did wear glasses all the time.
    I’d worn them from a young age, and really couldn’t get along without them, even then.
    Maet, it was lovely meeting you, too.
    Jo

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  17. Pat, that’s an interesting question about glasses. I don’t think that many people did wear glasses all the time.
    I’d worn them from a young age, and really couldn’t get along without them, even then.
    Maet, it was lovely meeting you, too.
    Jo

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  18. Pat, that’s an interesting question about glasses. I don’t think that many people did wear glasses all the time.
    I’d worn them from a young age, and really couldn’t get along without them, even then.
    Maet, it was lovely meeting you, too.
    Jo

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  19. Pat, that’s an interesting question about glasses. I don’t think that many people did wear glasses all the time.
    I’d worn them from a young age, and really couldn’t get along without them, even then.
    Maet, it was lovely meeting you, too.
    Jo

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  20. Pat, that’s an interesting question about glasses. I don’t think that many people did wear glasses all the time.
    I’d worn them from a young age, and really couldn’t get along without them, even then.
    Maet, it was lovely meeting you, too.
    Jo

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  21. Hope you settle into your new home quickly and enjoy it completely. What an amazing trip. To follow in the footsteps of Dunnet’s Lymond Chronicles would be an absolute dream for me. What has always amazed me about them is the emotional depths she explores in her characters.

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  22. Hope you settle into your new home quickly and enjoy it completely. What an amazing trip. To follow in the footsteps of Dunnet’s Lymond Chronicles would be an absolute dream for me. What has always amazed me about them is the emotional depths she explores in her characters.

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  23. Hope you settle into your new home quickly and enjoy it completely. What an amazing trip. To follow in the footsteps of Dunnet’s Lymond Chronicles would be an absolute dream for me. What has always amazed me about them is the emotional depths she explores in her characters.

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  24. Hope you settle into your new home quickly and enjoy it completely. What an amazing trip. To follow in the footsteps of Dunnet’s Lymond Chronicles would be an absolute dream for me. What has always amazed me about them is the emotional depths she explores in her characters.

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  25. Hope you settle into your new home quickly and enjoy it completely. What an amazing trip. To follow in the footsteps of Dunnet’s Lymond Chronicles would be an absolute dream for me. What has always amazed me about them is the emotional depths she explores in her characters.

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  26. I enjoyed reading anything you posted about Yorkshire, Jo. Now I will look forward to hearing about Devon 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your impressions of Paris and Rome. I’ve never been to the latter, though hubby and I hope to make it there someday.

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  27. I enjoyed reading anything you posted about Yorkshire, Jo. Now I will look forward to hearing about Devon 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your impressions of Paris and Rome. I’ve never been to the latter, though hubby and I hope to make it there someday.

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  28. I enjoyed reading anything you posted about Yorkshire, Jo. Now I will look forward to hearing about Devon 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your impressions of Paris and Rome. I’ve never been to the latter, though hubby and I hope to make it there someday.

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  29. I enjoyed reading anything you posted about Yorkshire, Jo. Now I will look forward to hearing about Devon 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your impressions of Paris and Rome. I’ve never been to the latter, though hubby and I hope to make it there someday.

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  30. I enjoyed reading anything you posted about Yorkshire, Jo. Now I will look forward to hearing about Devon 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your impressions of Paris and Rome. I’ve never been to the latter, though hubby and I hope to make it there someday.

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  31. thanks for sharing – the best places are those that you find off the beaten track!
    I, too, look forward to future posts about Devon as I visited my Grandmother each summer in Torquay. I know a few “out of the way” places!

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  32. thanks for sharing – the best places are those that you find off the beaten track!
    I, too, look forward to future posts about Devon as I visited my Grandmother each summer in Torquay. I know a few “out of the way” places!

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  33. thanks for sharing – the best places are those that you find off the beaten track!
    I, too, look forward to future posts about Devon as I visited my Grandmother each summer in Torquay. I know a few “out of the way” places!

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  34. thanks for sharing – the best places are those that you find off the beaten track!
    I, too, look forward to future posts about Devon as I visited my Grandmother each summer in Torquay. I know a few “out of the way” places!

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  35. thanks for sharing – the best places are those that you find off the beaten track!
    I, too, look forward to future posts about Devon as I visited my Grandmother each summer in Torquay. I know a few “out of the way” places!

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  36. I liberated the Lymond Chronicles from the library discard pile, but I’m missing two. I got sucked into them even though the old books made me itch, LOL.
    Lovely pictures. I envy how one can just hop from one European country to another quickly and efficiently. Enjoy your new home!

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  37. I liberated the Lymond Chronicles from the library discard pile, but I’m missing two. I got sucked into them even though the old books made me itch, LOL.
    Lovely pictures. I envy how one can just hop from one European country to another quickly and efficiently. Enjoy your new home!

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  38. I liberated the Lymond Chronicles from the library discard pile, but I’m missing two. I got sucked into them even though the old books made me itch, LOL.
    Lovely pictures. I envy how one can just hop from one European country to another quickly and efficiently. Enjoy your new home!

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  39. I liberated the Lymond Chronicles from the library discard pile, but I’m missing two. I got sucked into them even though the old books made me itch, LOL.
    Lovely pictures. I envy how one can just hop from one European country to another quickly and efficiently. Enjoy your new home!

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  40. I liberated the Lymond Chronicles from the library discard pile, but I’m missing two. I got sucked into them even though the old books made me itch, LOL.
    Lovely pictures. I envy how one can just hop from one European country to another quickly and efficiently. Enjoy your new home!

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  41. Hi, Jo. What interested me the most? I liked the photo of your new house(?). At least, I guess it’s your house. In any case, I’d like to learn more about Devon. I’m an older American lady, and I’ll probably never be able to go there. And yet, so many historical novels speak of Devon, so I’d like to learn more and see more about it.

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  42. Hi, Jo. What interested me the most? I liked the photo of your new house(?). At least, I guess it’s your house. In any case, I’d like to learn more about Devon. I’m an older American lady, and I’ll probably never be able to go there. And yet, so many historical novels speak of Devon, so I’d like to learn more and see more about it.

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  43. Hi, Jo. What interested me the most? I liked the photo of your new house(?). At least, I guess it’s your house. In any case, I’d like to learn more about Devon. I’m an older American lady, and I’ll probably never be able to go there. And yet, so many historical novels speak of Devon, so I’d like to learn more and see more about it.

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  44. Hi, Jo. What interested me the most? I liked the photo of your new house(?). At least, I guess it’s your house. In any case, I’d like to learn more about Devon. I’m an older American lady, and I’ll probably never be able to go there. And yet, so many historical novels speak of Devon, so I’d like to learn more and see more about it.

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  45. Hi, Jo. What interested me the most? I liked the photo of your new house(?). At least, I guess it’s your house. In any case, I’d like to learn more about Devon. I’m an older American lady, and I’ll probably never be able to go there. And yet, so many historical novels speak of Devon, so I’d like to learn more and see more about it.

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  46. Hi Jo, I loved your meandering trip, especially the Roman ruins. Every time I see another Roman ruin, I get this urge to hop onto a plane and go and visit them. Of course, being in Australia, it just isn’t that easy. So I visit through pictures like this. Not as good, but better than nothing. In my youth (many years ago), I did take the opportunity to visit such ruins and loved them. Oh well.

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  47. Hi Jo, I loved your meandering trip, especially the Roman ruins. Every time I see another Roman ruin, I get this urge to hop onto a plane and go and visit them. Of course, being in Australia, it just isn’t that easy. So I visit through pictures like this. Not as good, but better than nothing. In my youth (many years ago), I did take the opportunity to visit such ruins and loved them. Oh well.

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  48. Hi Jo, I loved your meandering trip, especially the Roman ruins. Every time I see another Roman ruin, I get this urge to hop onto a plane and go and visit them. Of course, being in Australia, it just isn’t that easy. So I visit through pictures like this. Not as good, but better than nothing. In my youth (many years ago), I did take the opportunity to visit such ruins and loved them. Oh well.

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  49. Hi Jo, I loved your meandering trip, especially the Roman ruins. Every time I see another Roman ruin, I get this urge to hop onto a plane and go and visit them. Of course, being in Australia, it just isn’t that easy. So I visit through pictures like this. Not as good, but better than nothing. In my youth (many years ago), I did take the opportunity to visit such ruins and loved them. Oh well.

    Reply
  50. Hi Jo, I loved your meandering trip, especially the Roman ruins. Every time I see another Roman ruin, I get this urge to hop onto a plane and go and visit them. Of course, being in Australia, it just isn’t that easy. So I visit through pictures like this. Not as good, but better than nothing. In my youth (many years ago), I did take the opportunity to visit such ruins and loved them. Oh well.

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  51. Dorothy Dunnett’s two historical series are my desert island books! I’ve read the Lymond Chronicles through twice, Niccolo once and am gearing up for another read through of Niccolo. The trouble is they are such an emotional and absorbing read the rest of my life will go on hold for months and I keep telling myself I don’t have time. They also inspire me to do lots of internet research around them as I read and to travel to Istanbul is now a priority so that I can follow in the footsteps of Lymond and Philippa…. Sigh – you’ve just brough back wonderful reading memories.

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  52. Dorothy Dunnett’s two historical series are my desert island books! I’ve read the Lymond Chronicles through twice, Niccolo once and am gearing up for another read through of Niccolo. The trouble is they are such an emotional and absorbing read the rest of my life will go on hold for months and I keep telling myself I don’t have time. They also inspire me to do lots of internet research around them as I read and to travel to Istanbul is now a priority so that I can follow in the footsteps of Lymond and Philippa…. Sigh – you’ve just brough back wonderful reading memories.

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  53. Dorothy Dunnett’s two historical series are my desert island books! I’ve read the Lymond Chronicles through twice, Niccolo once and am gearing up for another read through of Niccolo. The trouble is they are such an emotional and absorbing read the rest of my life will go on hold for months and I keep telling myself I don’t have time. They also inspire me to do lots of internet research around them as I read and to travel to Istanbul is now a priority so that I can follow in the footsteps of Lymond and Philippa…. Sigh – you’ve just brough back wonderful reading memories.

    Reply
  54. Dorothy Dunnett’s two historical series are my desert island books! I’ve read the Lymond Chronicles through twice, Niccolo once and am gearing up for another read through of Niccolo. The trouble is they are such an emotional and absorbing read the rest of my life will go on hold for months and I keep telling myself I don’t have time. They also inspire me to do lots of internet research around them as I read and to travel to Istanbul is now a priority so that I can follow in the footsteps of Lymond and Philippa…. Sigh – you’ve just brough back wonderful reading memories.

    Reply
  55. Dorothy Dunnett’s two historical series are my desert island books! I’ve read the Lymond Chronicles through twice, Niccolo once and am gearing up for another read through of Niccolo. The trouble is they are such an emotional and absorbing read the rest of my life will go on hold for months and I keep telling myself I don’t have time. They also inspire me to do lots of internet research around them as I read and to travel to Istanbul is now a priority so that I can follow in the footsteps of Lymond and Philippa…. Sigh – you’ve just brough back wonderful reading memories.

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  56. Hi Jo,
    my husband and I took what was a somewhat unusual vacation for people from the US, and went walking on the coastal path in Cornwall and Devon. In Devon we stayed in Lynmouth (at the Shelley hotel) and were greeted with a rainbow also. What a nice welcome to your new home!

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  57. Hi Jo,
    my husband and I took what was a somewhat unusual vacation for people from the US, and went walking on the coastal path in Cornwall and Devon. In Devon we stayed in Lynmouth (at the Shelley hotel) and were greeted with a rainbow also. What a nice welcome to your new home!

    Reply
  58. Hi Jo,
    my husband and I took what was a somewhat unusual vacation for people from the US, and went walking on the coastal path in Cornwall and Devon. In Devon we stayed in Lynmouth (at the Shelley hotel) and were greeted with a rainbow also. What a nice welcome to your new home!

    Reply
  59. Hi Jo,
    my husband and I took what was a somewhat unusual vacation for people from the US, and went walking on the coastal path in Cornwall and Devon. In Devon we stayed in Lynmouth (at the Shelley hotel) and were greeted with a rainbow also. What a nice welcome to your new home!

    Reply
  60. Hi Jo,
    my husband and I took what was a somewhat unusual vacation for people from the US, and went walking on the coastal path in Cornwall and Devon. In Devon we stayed in Lynmouth (at the Shelley hotel) and were greeted with a rainbow also. What a nice welcome to your new home!

    Reply

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