So without further ado, the past few months have been busy work-wise, all good. We have been travelling between the UK and France on a regular basis. We had hoped to secure a base in France and we found a lovely little house near Toulouse but, unfortunately that has not worked out. Still, we are happy to continue with our nomadic lifestyle and the prospect of travelling extensively in 2013 is now looking increasingly likely! Watch this space!
In November we spent several weeks in Carcassonne where the weather was mixed but we managed some lovely walks amongst the vines on clearer days.
December saw us back in the UK with an assignment in Wales. Christmas was spent in the Cotswolds and we had high hopes of a traditional Christmas with all the trimmings. Alas, we were both struck down with a rather nasty flu bug and spent Christmas Day dosed up with Lemsip and throat lozenges!!
We had a sedate start to the New Year but managed a weekend trip to London where we were lucky enough to see "Cabaret" at The Savoy Theatre!
On the 8th January we flew to Nice for a 3-week stint in Vence, in the Hills of the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Cotes d'Azur region of southeastern France between Nice and Antibes.
We had simply the best time. Spring-like weather conditions made for excellent hiking weather.
We visited several hilltop villages including; St Paul de Vence, Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Gourdon and Biot.
|St Paul Vence|
A beautiful day was spent in nearby Menton where we enjoyed the Italian influence and snacked on some delicious mozzarella and tomato drizzled with basil and olive oil in crusty baguettes.
We managed a visit to Antibes and our favourite vegetarian restaurant in the old town.
A brief trip home towards the end of January when we decluttered(!) and sorted our belongings with most of our things finding new homes via the local charity shops and Ebay!
|Avec les filles!|
We were together for the first week of the assignment and to be honest just had some downtime before we spent time apart with Tracy in the Cotswolds and Della staying on in Carcassonne. The vagaries of winter in the Northern hemisphere have kept us from venturing out and about too much with frequent cool and wet weather and some wintry conditions including serious snowfall!
As February drew to a close we were reunited in Geneva. We explored a little, rested a while, and took in the atmosphere from a table at (several!) local Tea Rooms. Content to simply be.