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Port-en-Bessin, France
Delightful Surprises in Port-en-Bessin, France

Normandy Part 4 There are so many quaint and picturesque villages in the Normandy area, it’s h…

Omaha Beach
Normandy Pt 3 – Battlefields and Beaches

One of the reasons we chose the Normandy region for our last week in France was to visit the D-Day a…

Mont-Saint-Michel
Normandy Pt 2 – Mont-Saint-Michel

Noted as a must-see destination by US News, Planetware, Lonely Planet, and many others, Mont-Saint-M…

Bayeux
Normandy Pt 1 – In the Footsteps of History

Ok, that title is a little pretentious. But from William the Conqueror (Bill, to his friends), to WW…

Map for 2023
Nine Months on the Road – By the Numbers

The seven months we spent in Belize in 2022 were much simpler, we had one housesit that was five mon…

Long-term Nomading, Lessons Learned

We’re winding down our 2023 travels and will be back in the USA in early October. That’s…

Museum of Deportation
Paris Pt 3 – Paying Respects

Paris is the City of Lights, but it is also a City of the Dead. For a city that’s been around …

Paris
Paris Pt 2 – Architecture!

I am by no means an expert or even amateur when the topic is architecture. Just as Paris is filled w…

Paris Pt 1 – Art!

There is so much to see and do when you go to Paris that it’s important to prioritize. We were…

Cheerio UK, Bon Jour France

So our tourist visas (you don’t actually need a physical visa for the UK) allowed us to stay f…

Compiègne – Tiny Village, So Much History

Compiègne is about 30 minutes from Senlis, about 45 minutes from Paris by car. I had never heard of …

Castle at Senlis
Senlis and Environs

We were very fortunate that Mark’s long-time friends Didier and Corrine invited us to stay wit…

Monet’s Garden

On the way from Senlis to Normandy, we stopped in Giverny to see Monet’s house and gardens. We…

Mark is in heaven with shakshuka and mussels
Cornwall Pt 5 – Food, Glorious Food (and Drink)

When I looked through the pictures of our time in Cornwall, there were a number of pictures of the p…

Falmouth Harbor
Cornwall Pt 2 – Flushing, Falmouth, and Truro Cathedral

Our homebase in Cornwall was Flushing, just across the Fal River from Falmouth. We had a fun housesi…

Cornwall Pt 3 – Mines, Stones, and Coastlines

Cornwall is absolutely gorgeous! We saw many of the most beautiful spots in Cornwall on our tour wit…

York Minster
York Minster and St. Mary’s Abbey

The cathedral’s full, official name is The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in …

Reims Cathedral
Quick Stop in Reims

On our way back to Senlis from Germany, we traveled through Luxembourg and Belgium. We saw lovely co…

Sheffield Steam Rally
Worksop, Steam, and Robin Hood

Our housesit for June was in Worksop, England. Where’s that? It’s in the Midlands, speci…

Bletchley Park Memorial
Codebreaking, Computers, and Bletchley Park

On our way from Cornwall to Worksop, we spent two days exploring the Bletchley Park museum and the M…

Map of York, England
A Weekend in York (more really old things)

Both Mark and I had been to York on previous trips to the UK, but there is so much to see and do tha…

Tintagel
Cornwall, Pt 4 – The Legend of King Arthur

King Arthur and Camelot are a Big Deal Around Here Cornwall is home to many locations that tie in to…

Bodmin Jail
Cornwall Pt 1 – Bodmin Moor, Smugglers, and Spending the Night in Jail

Cornwall has been famous for smuggling for centuries. It has everything a smuggler could wish for: m…

Nerding Out in Cardiff

Wales is a beautiful country with a rich history. It’s also home to several of our favorite se…

Street Food Circus
Feasting in the Forest

While we were staying in Newport, Wales (https://idealcaretech.com/wonderful-wales/), Mark found a w…

Wonderful Wales

Cymru Fendigedig Next up, Newport, Wales, and a housesit with the most adorable German Shepherd, Fre…

See the Løveli Lakes

After leaving the Hadrian’s wall area (https://idealcaretech.com/really-old-things-sheep-and-p…

Hardian's Wall
Really Old Things, Sheep, and Peacocks

After nearly three months in Scotland, we headed south. We had just finished a housesit in Saltcoats…

It’s Lambing Time!

Spring in the UK is lambing time. So many lambs! According to National Records of Scotland,  sheep o…

Oxford, City of Dreaming Spires

It’s hard to know where to begin; Oxford is just amazing. Architecture, history, authors, movi…

Slough? Why Slough?

So our first stop in the UK was Slough. Known for… the location of the the fictional Wernham H…

In the Land of Ice & Fire (well, mostly ice)

Iceland in January?? Yes, Iceland in January. Yes, it was cold (though it was much colder in Oxford)…

UK map
2023-Planning Our Year in the UK &Europe

We loved our time in Belize, but it was nice to be back home in Georgia for a while. We got to see f…

Go Slow, But Keep Moving

We had our first housesitting assignment lined up for end of April through beginning of October in T…

Questions for Home/Pet Owners

When you have your video interview, be sure to ask the following questions. You don’t want to …

Getting Our First Housesitting Assignment

In my first post, I described how we decided to travel while working remotely, digital nomad-style. …

Digital Nomading Packing List – Technology

I’m still putting the list together, but here’s what I’ve got so far. Laptops Mark…

Away We Go… Just Not Too Far

OK, the house is finally ready for rentals (we went with Vacasa, contact me if you want more info). …

Let’s Go Wandering

We are Beth and Mark Copenhaver (aka Wandering Lights), both long-time residents of the Atlanta, GA,…

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