House sitting in Cadeilhan, Gers, France 2019

From the Dordogne, we head down to the Gers department and the drive is a familiar route for us passing many places we have visited before. It’s in the village of Cadeilhan that we first house ...

House sitting in the Dordogne, France

Following on from my last blog our time house sitting in the Dordogne as come to an end. The house was situated on the north side of the Dordogne in the quiet and largely ignored village of Coux-et-Bi...

Food on the move in Europe

This summer I have had access to lots of different fruit and veg so I thought I’d write about something that interests me. I’m no Nigella Lawson but I have always enjoyed cooking and baking.&...

Haute Loire, France

Before crossing into the Haute -Loire department we stop at the small village of Les Estables on the Ardèche border. It’s a popular area for skiers and hikers. With the aire next to a busy road, we...

The Ardèche, Southern – Central France

With Mont Ventoux now in the distance we head to the Ardèche. Probably best known for its deep gorges the Ardèche is made up of many villages, some perched above, or nestling in the valleys, ancient...

Did we find La Dolce Vita in Italy

So our time in Italy is coming to an end and it’s been a love-hate relationship. Our short time here has given us a small taste of what the country has to offer, so did we find the ‘La Dolce Vita...

Italian cities and Tuscany, Italy

Finally, we have stopped for a few weeks. With lack of internet and not being able to charge my mobile battery means I’m a few weeks behind with writing so hopefully I’ll get to catch up now. So h...

House sitting inVitinia, Rome

Just 8 miles from the centre of Rome is where we have been house sitting for 12 days. Situated between Spinaceto and Vitania this lovely villa is set amongst extensive gardens.  Ursula and Massim...

Emilia-Romagna region down to Latium region, Italy

We had, had a lovely quiet couple of days but that was all about to change. Moving further down the coast with the sun shining we find a place to park near the beach at Lido di Volcano. Driving throug...

Lakes of Lombardy down to Vento region

Leaving the snowy mountain tops in the alps we enter the rocky Italian mountains. Shortly after the village of Gondo we, drive up to the border. With 3 Italian police standing in the middle of the roa...

A glimpse of Switzerland

Lac des Brenets forms the border between France and Switzerland its an attractive area for swimming, fishing and canoeing during the summer.  In the winter, when the Doubs freezes over, to become on...

Exploring Eastern France

After leaving the house sit in Saint Sulpice we decide to spend more time getting to know the Franche-Comte region.  Located between the Voges in the north and the Jura mountains in the south it ...

House sitting in Saint Surplus, North France

Villersexel is located in the Bourgogne Franche-Comté region of France. It’s a short drive from here to the small village of Saint Sulpice where we have been house sitting.  It’s a pretty vi...

In search of the Black Forest

As we leave Luxembourg we head briefly back into France where the sun is shining but no sooner have we crossed the border into Germany it starts to rain.  The Black Forest (Schwarzwald) is a region i...

Couple of days in Luxembourg

Another border crossing we now find ourselves in Luxembourg and at last the sun is shining. It’s surprising how quickly the landscape has changed. We really weren’t sure what to expect and ev...

Our Belgium adventure continues

So as we cross the border back into Belgium it’s windy but the sun is shining. Temse is our first stop it’s a small town on the left side of the river Scheldt. Being a Sunday most of the places ar...

Adventures in the Nether regions

Not far from Ypres is the village of Harelbeke, it’s here where we spend the night. It’s a small site next door to the football stadium with its impressive sports area,  football pitches...

In Flanders Fields, Ypres

The city of centre of Ypres, also known as Leper is very accessible so it was easy to find somewhere to park. We walk along the old city walls where we start to see some of the memorials. It’s a pre...

Setting off again, Dover Kent

So today’s the day we are setting off again and I’m sure John is taking less clothing than last time. I think he as forgot about the bad weather and trying to get the washing done, let’s see how...

House sitting in Ash, Sevenoaks Kent

The small village of Ash is where we are house sitting for the next few weeks. Set in extensive gardens we are staying in a lovely bungalow looking after 3 gorgeous dogs Lucky, Fudge, and Harley whils...

It’s been a while

It’s been a while since I last posted anything, but the time as just flown by, with Christmas just a distant memory it’s hard to believe that nearly 6 months have passed since we returned. &n...

Happy new year

Thank you for reading my blog this year. We look forward to the coming year where we will hopefully get to continue our travels. Happy New Year from us both  ...

Our last week in France

Moving on after a long stay is never easy. We just begin to get a feel for the area, settle into a route and before we know it, its time to leave. This time sees us heading north. Unfortunately, our t...

The surrounding villages of Cadeilhan, France

Back in the Gers department again we have had another opportunity to experience some of the other areas. The countryside here is dotted with beautiful villages, each with its own individual charm and ...

Housesitting in Cadeilhan, Midi Pyrenees, France

It’s a short drive from Fleurance to the village of Cadeilhan, so it doesn’t take us long to get to our next housesit. For the next month we have been tasked with looking after 13 yr old Louis, fo...

More time in the Dordogne valley, France

Back on the road again we decide to head for the village of Eymet which is south-west of the Dordogne.   Eymet Eymet is a bastide town near Bergerac, which featured in a TV programme. Commonly kn...

Our time in Miramont-de-Guyenne, France

Miramont-de Guyenne is where we are next house sitting. It’s a traditional bastide town, founded by England’s  King Edward I at the end of the 13th century. The town is situated in the Dropt Vall...

Expenditure, what we spent so far

Many people have been curious to know how we can afford to up sticks and travel as we are. John had wanted to travel for a while but I was the one dragging my feet. There was always something else goi...

Discovering the Entre-Deux-Mers, Dordogne, France

The name Entre-Deux-Mers means ‘Between the two seas’ here it is the rivers Dordogne and the Garonne. We have enjoyed being in this part of France, with it’s magnificent stone buildings in the c...

Once again we are back in France

The village of Le Perthus is where we cross the border. It’s a strange place, we are unsure at which point we left Spain and were back in France. Based on a rather bizarre border agreement which dat...

A Little bit of French Language

Even though John had been to France a few times over the last couple of years. It was year’s since i had been. So when I knew  it was to be the first country we would visit, I thought I ought t...

Our time in Spain is nearly over, Spain

Cabanes is our last stop in Spain before we go back over the border to France. It’s  an area that has a warm, pleasant Mediterranean climate all year round In this small pretty village, we find a p...

Fun with friends in Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona and the surrounding areas can be tricky for parking a motorhome. So, we are staying just outside of Granollers on a secure site until our friends John, Alison and Lee arrive for their holida...

Further up the Costas, Costa Blanca, Spain

In the Costa Blanca, we find the temperature and humidity are still high, at times unbearable.  In parts, the clear blue sea is meet with a beach full of tourists wielding their brollies, Ferias taki...

Hot in the Costas, Andalusia, Spain

As we pass Malaga towards Nerja we try to find somewhere quiet for the night but the spot we choose is probably one of the busiest and noisest, scooters, cars and rowdy people walking past, so once ag...

Revisiting Benalmadena, Costa del Sol

Benalmadena, named Ben-Al-Madina by the Arabs when translated means “children of the miners”. This was because ochre and iron were once mined locally in this area.  It’s an area we know...

Fun in the sun with friends, Riviera del sol

After a busy couple of days and the temperatures rising, we are off to see our friends Russell, Sarah-Jane and their children, Emma and Max.  They are spending part of the summer at Riviera del Sol, ...

Back in Spain, Seville and Gibraltar

Back in Spain, we are now in the Andalucía region an area we are familiar with. its stunning hills, white-washed villages, ancient castles, sandy beaches overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Birthplace...

Towards the Algarve, Portugal part 2

Sagres Further around the coast is Sagres,  situated at the western tip of the Algarve.                            It’s another area that surfers flock to with its clean, shelter...

Our adventures in Portugal, part 1

Porto  Our first stop in Portugal is Porto located facing the Atlantic Ocean It is a historic and varied city, that has a warren of cobbled narrow streets. Famous for its port, which is still stored ...

Our first trip to Portugal

Only a few kilometres from Spain we cross the border into northern Portugal easily the most remote part of mainland Portugal, if not western Europe.                                   ...

From scenic France, to Northern Spain

As we leave France for the time being and head towards the Spanish border. We are met with a roller coaster of scenery. At times the narrow winding road goes up and down through green mountain pines. ...

House sitting in the Hautes Pyrenees, France

On the outskirts of Boulogne sur Gesse is the village of Thermes-Magnoac where we are next due to house sit. It’s home to Rob, G and their 5 dogs, Gus, Guy, Gay, George and Jules. We pass through th...