Chris and Alison are recently-retired teachers, now working as freelancers, Alison as a consultant for learning-disability within the arts. We live near Huddersfield in Yorkshire but spend a lot of our time in London where all five of our grown-up children live, along with our two very young grandchildren. Although we are very family-oriented, we enjoy travelling and exploring whether it is walking, cycling, swimming (Alison particularly keen on wild swimming outdoors), or visiting galleries and museums. We enjoy food and look forward to all the different eating experiences of travel! We both are interested in literature and writing and hope to use our time away to develop this. Chris is a keen musician and photographer- we have just purchased a pair of binoculars for our trip to help us improve our skills in identifying birds and wildlife.We enjoy the company of friends along with times of being more quiet and contemplative and hope that our travels will be a combination of all this.