North Portugal

It’s Mothering Sunday here when we cross the border into Portugal and with the radio now blaring out modern or just tunes we know it already seems calmer here.  The beginning of May marks t...

Cantabria and Galicia region, Spain

Unlike the Mediterranean coastline there’s no buzzing atmosphere on this part of the Atlantic coast there are just charming fishing villages with some unspoilt beaches, and historical sites, however...

Not the morning we were expecting, Portugal

After being kept awake by our French neighbour  who then proceeds to lean across our bonnet this morning resulting in John banging the dashboard and window screen, we should have known ...

San Sebastian to Foz, Northwest Spain

With the Pyrenees to the left and the Basque coast ahead, we pass through Hendaye the last French town before crossing the border into Spain. Served by the Paris-Bordeaux-Irun rail service it’s a hi...

Bergerac to Biarritz, France

On leaving Bergerac we are undecided on where to head next and with the weather still looking gloomy in this area we move further south. In need of groceries, we stop at Miramont de Guyenne, it...

House sitting in Perigord Pourpre, France

Known as Périgord Pourpre (purple Périgord) and famous for its rolling hills, fields of sunflowers peppered with tiny hamlets, vineyards and grand chateaus you can see what draws people to holiday a...

Easter in France

Unlike home today isn’t a bank holiday in France, however, the shops here have still been stacking their shelves since February with Easter eggs and the chocolate shops look amazing, some too go...

Charente-Maritime to Aquitaine, France

On leaving Poupot we drive the short distance back to Mortigna Sur Gironde, bordering the banks of the Gironde estuary, its a small town and we find a lovely spot right next to the marina opposite a r...

House sitting Chez Poupot, Lorignac France

Situated 80km from Bordeaux and in the heart of the Charente maritime is the village of Lorignac and it’s just a stone’s throw away from here where we have been house sitting for the last few ...

Normandie, Pays de loire to the Atlantic coast 2022

Since writing my last blog back in September 2020 it feels like we have spent far too long inside and not really venturing very far apart from work or shopping. So after 18 months, well apart from one...

A month in France 2020

When Lockdown ended in June we hummed and hawed has to whether we should venture anywhere this year. We understand that for some people travelling while the coronavirus pandemic continues across the w...

Staying safe since March

Thought it was about time I updated this blog so here’s what we have been up to, all be it the content of this blog is probably very similar to what the rest of the country has been up too.  On...

House sitting in the UK

Having written this nearly two months ago I have finally got round to posting it. On and off over the last two years, we have been fortunate enough to house sit in some beautiful houses in stunning lo...

Our time abroad 2019

It was early November when we finally arrive back in Kent. And after a horrendous ferry crossing that saw us drifting off the coast of Dover for nearly 8 hrs due to extreme weather conditions, we have...

Heading North for our last few weeks in France

It’s been a while since I last posted anything but we finally have internet and time to catch up or motivation in my case to write.  It’s nearly two months since we left the Gers and decide t...

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...

Recipes

Whether we are at home in our fancy kitchen or in the motorhome at the side of the road in Europe we still like to eat well.  Opening a can of beans to heat up for dinner was never going to be an...

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...