Subject: Introduction - New Members in Virginia
Forwarded by Moderator - Welcome Linda and Ron!

Hello,

Ron is a retired teacher with 30 years of experience teaching high-school English and Latin; Linda is a teacher at a state correctional institution in Virginia.

We have both traveled extensively, primarily in western Europe. We escorted groups of students and adults to Europe during school holidays for many years, and we have been on our own many times as well as having traveled separately in the years before we met. We are planning a trip to Venice and Florence in March and April, and will be spending most of our time in a small apartment we have rented in the Santa Croce area of Florence.

We have also done home exchanges in England (Warwickshire) and Canada (Toronto) and are planning another such exchange with an English family next year.

We love opera, theater, and classical music as well as literature and history, so our travel activities are largely planned around these interests. We also enjoy trying exciting new restaurants. We prefer staying in B& B's, inns, or smaller hotels in order to avoid the crowds of American tourists and instead meet local residents of the countries we visit.

Linda and Ron Audet Fredericksburg, VA (Near Washington, DC)