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

Springtime in Paris (again)

It’s been five years almost to the day since we were last in Paris in early April, expecting spring weather. Although this time around we didn’t experience the bitter cold of those days, it was still cool but the sun did shine and we didn’t need all of our winter woollies when out and about.… Read More