About this blog

Hi, I’m the Wife of Bath, and I travel independently (mostly through Europe) with my spouse, (I’ll call him the Husband of Bath, or HOB). What thrills us most (and gets our butts on planes, trains and buses ) is to see art “in situ” that is, where it was made, in its original context.

This blog is for everyone who loves to travel for culture, but especially for those of you who, like me, live on a modest budget and need to travel accordingly. You may also be, ahem, middle-aged, but perfectly able to carry a backpack and boldly butcher the local language while eating street food at a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Just get out there and travel, and let me know what music you heard, what art enchanted you, and where you had your picnic.

WOB

 

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  1. Richard Fox · · Reply

    Wonderful! Delightful!

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    1. Thank you Richard!

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  2. “The Wife of Bath”…haha, love the name! Keep up the travelling 🙂

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    1. Thanks Alba–she is indeed my traveling inspiration!

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  3. thank you for following my blog! happy that you like it ì:) what an interesting blog you have! for sure will be back here 🙂 have a nice week !

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    1. Thanks, and your blog makes me desperate to return to Siena. I love love love the art there!

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  4. Hey WOB, are you and HOB going to be in France sometime this summer? I’m going to be there with the folks at Via Lucis for a few days this May but might be back in June. Given our mutual enthusiasm for all things Romanesque it could be fun to rendezvous somewhere! Ciao!

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    1. No, unfortunately we won’t be in France this summer–I wish we could rendezvous with Via Lucis to indulge our mutual love of the Romanesque. We won’t have a chance to return until early 2015. Where will you go in France?

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      1. I’m going to be following Dennis and PJ around the Ardeche region and go south to Provence with them, but this is only for like 5 days. I might be back sometime later this summer with a cousin but I want to be somewhere that’s not stiflingly hot, so I’m hoping to be in Scandinavia for the majority of my time there.

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  5. I’ve never been to to the Ardech region so look forward to reading your posts about it. Scandinavia sounds perfect, but isn’t it quite expense, esp. in the summer? Do you plan to couchsurf?

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  6. I can perfectly relate to that! Great blog!

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    1. Thanks KleesButterfly!

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      1. If you like, check out another project of mine:
        http://internationaltravelbloggers.wordpress.com/
        It’s a blog for travel bloggers to connect.

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  7. Cool, thanks again!

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  8. Heyy!! Awesome blog! We nominated you for a Liebster Award 🙂
    http://unexpectedwanderlust.com/2014/06/19/liebster-award-numero-uno/

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    1. I’m honored–thanks for the nomination!!!

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  9. I’ve just traveled across Europe and moved to Vienna – I love your blog!! 😀

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  10. Thanks cynicalthoughtsofanoptimist! You’re so lucky to live in Vienna–great opera, museums and pastries!

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  11. I love your writing style!! 🙂 Happy travels!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment Nomadic Panda–happy travels back ‘atcha!

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  12. Thanks for the following..am to travel on a holiday, knapsnack style across Europe. Will see all the important places through your blog first before I plan.

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    1. Wishing you a super trip madamsabi. I’m looking forward to keeping up with your adventures!

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  13. I saw your WoB handle and I just had to follow. I am a huge fan of both Chaucer and the bawdy and bodacious Alison.

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    1. Thanks for your comment learnersojourner–I had been meaning to write a post about my alter ego, The Wife of Bath, and you’ve encouraged me to do it soon!

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    1. And back at you with the best blogging name ever Louisa May Alcatt!

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  14. I’m really enjoying your blog! Love your alter ego Wife of Bath too! Maybe you’re an English major like me. I notice you mention where you’ve stayed–great practical info for budget but discriminating travelers!

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  15. Thanks so much Claudia Suzan Carley-your blog is super too! I wasn’t an English major like you but I’m a life long dedicated reader for sure.

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  16. Hello! I really like your blog! Travelling is also one of my passions! I nominated you for a Liebster Award: http://allibreathe.wordpress.com/2014/09/07/liebster-award/

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  17. Thanks so much for the compliment, allibreathe! I really like your blog too. I actually already received the Liebster Award–you can read my post here: https://picnicatthecathedral.com/2014/06/21/ive-been-nominated-for-liebster-award/ but thank you again for the nomination!

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  18. Aho, what do we have here?: http://wordpress.com/recommendations/travel

    Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks Lana–congratulations to you as well!

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  19. I love your honest and focused approach to this blog. The title is a perfect description of your goal.

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    If you like the idea, we’d love propose something to help support your site.

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  20. Thanks so much for the compliment Josh!

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  21. I just wanted you to know I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. I enjoy reading your posts, so this is my way of saying thanks! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much dfrantz1953–your blog is super too!

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  22. Your introduction strikes me a lot, cause I sense we have the same feeling about the way we travel:) I’m a traveler too, and always on a budget, but it doesn’t stop me from traveling the more I can!

    https://gianluca8675.wordpress.com/

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    1. Grazie gianluca8675! Where are you traveling in 2015?

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  23. I’m going to have my second trip on the road in the USA. I had a beautiful experience last August all around California and Arizona, so I want to do it again. I’m starting from Chicago and I’m going to end the trip in Atlanta! Hopefully I’m going to write an article in a while:)

    https://gianluca8675.wordpress.com/

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  24. I hope you enjoy your time in Chicago. I think it’s a wonderful city, but of course, I’m biased!

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  25. That’s us too. Can’t get enough travel!

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    1. If travel is an addiction, I don’t want to be cured!

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  26. Hi, saw your blog on the recommended list by WordPress and I love it. I don’t see that you’ve been to the Philippines though so just sending you a little note in case it comes up in your bucket list for 2015. Here are my blogs for your reference – https://backpackingincebuphilippines.wordpress.com & misunderstood33.blogspot.com.

    Thanks and happy travels! 🙂

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  27. Hi rastafari369. No, I haven’t been to the Philippines yet, but I’d love to visit soon. I live close by a Philippian bakery and market, so I already know I love the food! Thanks for letting me know about your cool blogs!

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  28. Greetings, Mrs. WoB! I’m Yanti from Indonesia, a rather new follower of your blog. I’m really excited to start reading more travel posts here. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Greetings Yanti! I see you are an architect–that must be a fascinating job. Hopefully I won’t make too many mistakes when writing about architecture here, but if I do, please correct me.

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  29. Dear WOB, thanks so much for liking my very first post! I first found your writing while looking for blogs I want to follow. I looked at many, and I loved yours. I look forward to your continuing travel adventures, and thank you for writing in a way that makes me feel as if I’m a friend back home. 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome. Best of luck to you with your new blogging adventure!

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  30. Just started following your blog, and started my own blog as well. I’m leaving for Florence in 17 days, with a friend, and we will be there for 9 days so I’m very excited, Have visited there before, but not for this long at a stretch, so I’m looking forward to be able to spend some time really exploring.

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  31. Hi karliendeklerk–I hope you have a super time in the superb art history town that is Florence!

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  32. What a fun blog! Glad I stumbled onto it! These days I travel around Japan, but I spent three years hopping around Europe and left hungry for more.

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    1. Wow–three years in Europe and now Japan? You’re a lucky lady!

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  33. I just came across your blog and read your post about the Camino- how beautiful! Have you traveled to eastern Europe? There are a plethora of beautiful churches here (I’m an American expat in Lviv, Ukraine)- and it’s definitely budget friendly here!

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    1. Thank you bridgetdonofrio! Yes, I have been to Eastern Europe, but I’d like to visit again soon. Actually, I’ll be in Romania this spring. Have you had a chance to visit Romania (not too far from Ukriane)? Any advice for me?

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  34. You write so well, it makes me want to get the hang of this, thank you for blog. And for being a fellow traveler, I hope to encourage a global community with my travels and experiences.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Gina. I agree with you that budget travel is a great way to foster global community.

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  35. I lived in Bath for a couple of years while working in England sometime last century. Beautiful city.

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    1. You were lucky to have a chance to live there JohnRH. I haven’t visited Bath, but I am curious from reading Jane Austen and of course Chaucer—the created of my literary mentor.

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      1. Oh, THAT Bath. Never mind. I’m illiterate. 🙂

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  36. Somehow I doubt that. 🙂

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  37. Emily · · Reply

    I love your blog post about Naples, although I am also a bit dubious about ‘See Naples and die’! I am there for two weeks and am so excited to see all the history of it, and obviously eat as much pizza as humanly possible! I’m heading round the world later this year on a shoe string budget so I’m looking forward to going through all your posts for tips and tricks!

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    1. Hi Emily–thanks for the compliment! I hope you love Naples–it has the most unique energy of any place I’ve ever visited. I wholeheartedly support your pizza eating plan.

      Best of luck to you on your upcoming trip.

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  38. Thanks for the Likes. I love your choice of alter ego, by the way.

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  39. Hi there fellow traveler!
    While exploring websites and blogs for inspiration, I found yours, and I have noticed how fantastic and inspiring it is! 🙂
    I also like to travel, if only I could and had the power to do it more often! That’s why I and my companion had the idea to create something different in our country, Portugal – which I noticed that you haven’t visited yet.
    If you ever come to Portugal, contact us. I think you would like our experiences 😉

    Adeus! – Good bye in Portuguese 🙂

    Marli, Backyard Tours
    backyardtours.pt / backyardtourslagos.wordpress.com

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    1. Hi Backyard Tours,

      Thank you for your compliment–your blog certainly makes me want to go to Portugal (and it looks like we could have superb picnics there!).

      I am just like you. I want to travel everywhere all the time, but of course I need to work with a budget and with my job.

      Adeus and best of luck to you with your venture!

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  40. Your blog is one of the most authentic ones I have seen so far! Really not many travel bloggers take the time and effort to BE there where they are and this “culture in situ” seems to be a foreign concept for the most of them.
    Bravo!

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    1. Thank you Andrea—you’re blog is really great too!

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  41. milou2000 · · Reply

    The wife of Bath, this is good! I really like your blog and hope you are going to report some more 🙂

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    1. Thank you milou2000. I am traveling in the very near future, so more reports on their way! 🙂

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  42. Could you recommend some things you saw outside of Dijon and going southwest towards Germany?

    Great blog! I did check your France tagged blog posts.

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    1. October should be a great time to travel in France. Did you mean to say you were going Northwest towards Germany? If so, would you be going to Alsace? That is a lovely area. Strasbourg has great architecture and food, and in Colmar you can see the bizarre and fascinating Isenheim altarpiece.

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      1. We only have enough time for Rothenburg der Taber (I might have spelled this wrong.) We spent 2 days in Strausborg and loved it. Yes, I noticed their version of sauerkraut, kugelhof, etc.

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  43. We plan to travel in Oct. Any comments?

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    1. I’m jealous—please eat some Époisses cheese, jambon persille, and lots of Gougères for me!

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      1. If my stomach remembers..

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  44. Thanks for stopping by.You have a great blog and I like your sparkling wit.Cheers.

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    1. And your blog is getting me extra excited for my upcoming trip to Tbilisi sidran!

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      1. It will be a pleasure to revisit through you.

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  45. Great! A picnic is a really good deal, especially when no meat and a lot of people with whom you can play any fun games!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Aron. What do you like to eat on your picnics?

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  46. In a picnic I love to eat what you can find on the road, it becomes even more interesting, because for a picnic I love to ride a bike! Well, I love most everything that grows in the garden or field. Though I don’t really like to make this dish, as I like to have everything separated – it is much more useful and so better to feel the taste quality of each individual fruit or vegetable

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    1. Ah, that’s a great idea taking a bike. You could find all sort of local markets, which always have the tastiest produce.

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  47. Have you been to Croatia?

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    1. Yes! And we slept in Diocletian’s palace. https://picnicatthecathedral.com/category/croatia/

      Where have you been in Croatia?

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      1. Unfortunately, not yet. We plan to go when my kids are older. My parents are from the east of Croatia near Osijek. ( They have been back a half a dozen times since the war). We have plenty of family there and along the coast in Split.

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  48. Oops, sorry, never mind. Just spotted your articles.

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  49. Love your blog and I’m so happy to have blog-hopped my way here 🙂 Can’t wait to read some more and get to know you through your posts 🙂

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    1. Thanks Diya—looking forward to following your blog as well. 🙂

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