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My favourite places: The Loire Valley

After losing our beloved Golden Retriever, Henry, just before Christmas, I wanted to write about somewhere we travelled with him. He enjoyed the Loire Valley as much as us, because it’s just so dog friendly – yet another reason to love this part of France. You’ve also got the wines, the landscapes, the chateaux, theContinue reading “My favourite places: The Loire Valley”

Behind the turrets of Tallinn

After the non-event that was Christmas, missing out on our annual end of December trip away was a bitter pill to swallow. With no prospect of travel for some time to come, it’s back to the archives again if I want to blog at all. So today I’m heading back to December 2018 and theContinue reading “Behind the turrets of Tallinn”

Escape to Burley – puddles, ponies and pigs.

It’s the end of lockdown (again) and we desperately need a change of scenery. But can we actually go on the New Forest trip we booked in long ago pre-covid times? Yes, we’re allowed to travel. Yes, the hotel is re-opening. The weather forecast isn’t great, but this is December in the UK after all.Continue reading “Escape to Burley – puddles, ponies and pigs.”

A walking circuit around Corfu Town

I’m back in Corfu Town to finish off our trip. Waking up to another beautiful day, the husband would be quite happy to sit outside a taverna soaking up the sun and people watching. It’s not going to happen, obviously. I have a list of things to see, so we’d better get walking. After breakfast,Continue reading “A walking circuit around Corfu Town”

Corfu – as good as Gerald said it was

We’re heading to Greece, hurrah! This is a sneaky extra trip, just because. It’s been a rubbish year and we’re desperate for some Autumn sunshine and cheer. And why Corfu? Haven’t you read Gerald Durrell’s books, about his island childhood? My Family & Other Animals is such a great title, especially if you were broughtContinue reading “Corfu – as good as Gerald said it was”

Monkey business on The Rock

No, I’m not blogging about Dwayne Johnson. It’s day two of our Gibraltar trip and I’m just itching to see those monkeys who’ve made their home up on the Rock! Even from our perch high above the town it’s obviously going to be a long hike to the top. We fuel up on nice, creamyContinue reading “Monkey business on The Rock”

More than just bikes in Girona

We went to a Spanish restaurant this week and it made me long for the currently forbidden pleasure of nibbling tapas with sangria in the Spanish sun. As the days get shorter it’s a perfect time to visit EspaƱa and feast on padron peppers. Let’s go back to the golden days of Autumn 2019 whenContinue reading “More than just bikes in Girona”

A Victorian break on the Isle of Wight – Part 2

The Coastal Path is calling me. I love the romance of setting off on a long walk and not knowing what you’ll encounter along the way. As Bilbo Baggins said, it’s a dangerous business going out your door, you never know where you’ll be swept off to. But I doubt we’ll hit much danger today,Continue reading “A Victorian break on the Isle of Wight – Part 2”

A Victorian break on the Isle of Wight – Part 1

The Isle of Wight became a fashionable holiday destination back in the 19th century. Queen Victoria had happy memories of childhood breaks, so she built a home in East Cowes, Osborne House, and started to take her own family there. The travelling public followed – if it was good enough for Her Majesty… We’ve neverContinue reading “A Victorian break on the Isle of Wight – Part 1”

Heading South…as far as West Sussex

We’re on our way to the coast, doggy friends in tow. This wasn’t what we planned, but flexibility is key in 2020. First we booked Ibiza, then Crete, then Porto, I’d started to lose track. Last week our hotel closed due to COVID and our dog sitter went into isolation for two weeks. I acceptedContinue reading “Heading South…as far as West Sussex”