High and White Villages in the Alpujarras

When we first decided on Spain, a friend recommended the book “Driving over Lemons” by Chris Stewart which introduced me to the Alpujarra region of Granada and it became a place I hoped we could visit on our travels. Leaving the heat of Granada, we were pleased to find ourselves climbing as we drove to… Read More

The old and the new: Cartagena, Valencia and Zaragoza

Finding ourselves with six days to reach Barcelona for our flight to Nice, we planned a trip to take in various towns and sights on our “to see” list. First, we needed to drop our current rental car off in Alicante and pick up a one-way rental to Barcelona. We are finding that the major… Read More

Coastal wonders and cycling adventures

The middle of June onwards we spent in the Costa Blanca, enjoying the coastal sea breezes again, before road tripping north. Our Playa Vera sit, thankfully not at the “naturist” end of town, involved looking after a very old and spoilt dog and a hideaway cat while their owners took a break to family in… Read More

Hitting the tourist spots – Madrid & Toledo

Madrid in June was buzzing but not crowded and, on day one, we opted for a cycle tour of the city to orient ourselves and get an overview of this capital city Three hours of wheeling around the inner and outer central city with Diego, getting his interpretation of the history and the best was… Read More

Of steep roads and strange dogs

Arriving to our latest house and petsit in Calpe, we wound our way down switchbacks catching the most amazing views of the Peñón de Ifach and the Mediterranean beyond. Cliffside houses spilled down the hill and we marvelled again at the engineering of the roads and retaining walls that give rise to these places that… Read More

Spain at last

Our arrival into Alicante a day late didn’t quell the excitement I felt – we were at last here in Spain. The real adventure was beginning. We had four confirmed housesits over the next few months, and time between each to explore. For our first (supposedly second) night, I had literally picked a spot on… Read More

Pet sitting adventures in France

We were welcomed to our first European sit by homeowners Bev and Andy, and their delightful boys Deefer and Rocky. Deefer is an old brindle Boxer, very gentle and very calm, probably due to his deafness. He moves with grace like a small horse compared to the waddle of Rocky the Beagle, who apparently is… Read More