We are just a couple of days from the end of a 10+ week vacation during which we visited England, Israel and Russia.
We left home on April 21 and then spent 10 days in Israel, visiting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and making side trips from each city. It was a remarkable experience and we visited most of the Biblical sites that had been on our agenda. It is difficult to single out one, but certainly the day spent in and around Galilee and the River Jordan was a highlight as well as just about everything we saw in Jerusalem.
From Israel we went to England and had six weeks in our nephew’s flat in Ilkley. Actually, Molly was gone for about ten days for her annual sibling reunion in Warwickshire. We also had a two day visit by two friends from Mason, together with their daughter, all three of whom were on a two week European vacation prompted in part by the fact that Lauren (the daughter) is in the middle of a period of university studies in Spain.
In early June we joined two friends from England on a twelve day river cruise in Russia, starting in Moscow and ending just a few days ago in St Petersburg. This was a very interesting trip and we were all very impressed with the part of Russia that we saw – from the Kremlin in Moscow to the beautiful buildings of St Petersburg and the heavily forested countryside between the two.
We came back to England from Russia but for just less than a week and we are now getting ready to return to the US on Tuesday. The Tour de France cycle race starts in England this year and one the first towns on its route is Ilkley so the town – and indeed the entire area – is decorated in preparation. If the weather cooperates, it should provide wonderful publicity for the County of Yorkshire and its beautiful countryside so we will be watching TV for great camera shots of our “home away from home”.
And we will be home, in Mason, OH by late Tuesday after a very different and extended vacation period. For our family and friends that we missed in England this time: apologies, but we will be back!