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Kathy, Charley and Kelly Wood are veteran travelers from Knoxville, Tennessee who have successfully pursued their dream of living and traveling in Europe. Kathy and Charley began traveling to Europe on their honeymoon in 1992 and made several vacation trips over the next 11 years with their young daughter Kelly. In June 2004 the Woods began their fourteen-month "Grand Tour of Europe," doing much of their planning with the help of the Slow Travel community. Their trip focused on four major areas: France (33 weeks including 6+ months living in Provence), Great Britain (11 weeks), Italy (11 weeks), and the German/Austrian/Swiss Alps (6 weeks). Kathy maintained an extensive Slow Travel blog during their travels - Our Grand Tour of Europe.
Kathy is a former Human Resources executive who is now a college professor at a major university, teaching International Business and Human Resources. In 2006 she and Charley started European Experiences (www.european-experiences.com), leading small group trips in Europe. Their Provence trip, The Luberon Experience (www.luberonexperience.com), was recognized by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of their "Tours of a Lifetime" for 2012.
Kathy is Kaydee on the message board.
Blogs and Photo Albums
Our Grand Tour of Europe: Kathy's blog from the family's 14 month trip in Europe in 2004-2005.
The Trail's Our Thing: More Travels with Kathy, Charley and Kelly. Kathy's blog for their trip to Ireland and France, summer 2006, and current trips.
Kathy's Photo Essays: Kathy's photo albums from her trip.
Enjoying Europe with Young Children: How to make the trip work for the whole family.
Kathy, Charley and Kelly's Best of Provence
Kathy, Charley and Kelly Wood spent six-and-a-half months living in Provence, in a farmhouse in the famous Luberon area, between the villages of Bonnieux and Lacoste. Kelly (then age 11) attended the village school in Bonnieux. In this series of travel notes, the Wood family shares their favorite places and experiences in Provence.
Activities for Kids and Families: Things to do in the Luberon area of Provence; hiking, exploring, markets, etc.
Food for Children and Families: Finding food for non-adventurous eaters in the restaurants and cafes of Provence.
Hiking in the Luberon: Basics for hiking, how to plan your trip, resources, Wood Family.
Hiking in the Luberon - A Circular Walk from Bonnieux to Lacoste: Explore these two villages, three hours, Wood Family.
Hiking in the Luberon - The Falaise at Lioux: Climb to top of the Falaise, two-and-a-half hours, Wood Family.
Hiking in the Luberon - Saint-Veran: Easy hike through woods and vineyards, two-and-a-half hours, Wood Family.
Hiking in the Luberon - Gorges de Regalon: Three-and-a-half hours, challenging hike, Wood Family.
A Perfect Afternoon at Oustau de Baumaniere: Sunday lunch at an exclusive restaurant in Provence.
An American Thanksgiving in Provence: Creating an American Thanksgiving dinner in the French countryside.
Postcard - A Hike in the Luberon: Hiking across the Petit Luberon, from the Gorges du Regalon (south side) to Oppede-le-Vieux (north side).
Postcard - Saturday at the Apt Market: Details of a day at the Saturday market in Apt (Luberon, Provence).
Trip Report 373: Alsace in Slow Motion. Our family's walking tour in mountains, vineyards and villages of Alsace, May 2003. Contest 2004 winner.
Cooking in Florence - Our Day with Diva: Taking a cooking class at Divina Cucina.
Trip Report 1021: Switzerland in Slow Motion: 100 Miles on the Alpine Pass Route, Our family's 14-day, 100-mile hike through the Swiss Alps on the Alpine Pass route (July/August 2005)
United Kingdom (England, Scotland)
Trip Report 800: England in Slow Motion: 190 Miles on the Coast-to-Coast Walk. Our family's 16-day, 190-mile trek across England on the famous Coast-to-Coast walk, August 2004
Trip Report 269: A Family trip to England, including a 50+ mile walk in the Cotswolds, spring 2002. Contest 2004 winner.
Things to Do in Salzburg, Austria: Travel notes.
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