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

Of Road trips and Russians (part 2)

As we were sitting in the rest area under the Millau viaduct, Carolyn foolishly said to Chris, “Shall I drive the next part?”  So far Chris had done all the long-distance road trip driving and having to deal with double stresses of manual gear shifts on the wrong side, and Carolyn’s interpretations of the Google… Read More

Of Road trips and Russians (part 1)

Packing up and saying goodbye to our canine buddies and their mum brought another adventure into our lives. We had booked flights from Marseille to Alicante and had a few days in between to explore. Thanks to following the Instagram feed of another couple of kiwis (TravelKiwis), we had seen places we were interested to… 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

Provence – history, rural roads and cycle trails

Once arrived in Avignon off the TGV, we had no idea how to reach the main town where we were staying. It was going to be a 50-minute walk, so in our exuberance, we decided to take our first ever Uber ride. Turns out Avignon doesn’t do Uber – so an Uber-x driver picked us… Read More