Cruising…

We awoke the first morning of the cruise to the rocking and manoeuvring of the ship into port, opening the curtains to discover the lovely German town of Warnemunde outside. With no organised tours booked, we disembarked to catch the local train to Rostock, where we enjoyed wandering (and avoiding the showers) for a few… Read More

Copenhagen … cooler temperatures, hot prices

When we made our plans to take our year off, part of the process was Chris handing over his clients to new consultants, with the thought that by March he would be twiddling his thumbs waiting for our departure at the end of the month. Surprisingly (?) this didn’t happen and March was a very… Read More

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

Italian interlude

The Cinque Terre and Milan seemed so close to where we had been petsitting in the south of France, we thought, “why not?” and planned an extra few days in Italy before flying back to Spain for our next assignment. Vernazza in the Cinque Terre was our base 15 years ago (for our family trip)… 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

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