Picos de Europa part 3
Spain 2024

Picos de Europa part 3

With the big adventure behind us now and our calves still reminding us, we were understandably feeling like a gentler activity the next day (our last in the mountains) and I suggested that we drive to Cangas de Onis and catch the tourist shuttle up the mountain to the remote...
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Picos de Europa part 2
Spain 2024

Picos de Europa part 2

Since we had decided to include the Picos in our itinerary many months ago, Fiona and I had been committed to doing the Ruta del Cares (Cares Gorge) hike, also known as La Garganta Divina, the Divine Gorge and a very apt description it proved to be. It follows the...
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Picos de Europa
Spain 2024

Picos de Europa

The Picos de Europa ("Peaks of Europe", also the Picos) are a spectacular mountain range extending for about 20 km, forming part of the Cantabrian Mountains in northern Spain and had been on my radar ever since Ben had visited there in 2018. They are still relatively 'undiscovered' by the average tourist, English is not commonly spoken and technology...
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Bilbao
Spain 2024

Bilbao

When we arrived in Bilbao (me hardly able to walk after my Gaztelugatxe experience 😂 ) we were met in the square above the car park by Fiona who had arrived a few hours earlier. She had been welcomed to our apartment by our lovely host and had already had...
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Hola España!
Spain 2024

Hola España!

Heading south from Bordeaux it was a fairly short trip to pretty Hondarribia, situated at the mouth of the Bidasoa River which forms the French/Spanish border in this region. The sun was shining and Russell couldn't wait to get stuck into sardines for lunch down in the old fishing village...
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South to Bordeaux
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South to Bordeaux

Our lunch time stop was in VERY popular Pont-Aven which owes its fame to the school of painters who had Gauguin as their master and is now home to some lovely little artisan stores. We had time for a stroll around the village, to purchase a few little souvenirs and...
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Brittany – the west
Brittany 2024

Brittany – the west

Leaving St. Malo the sky looked threatening and the last half of our drive west into the department of Finistère was in heavy rain on a two lane 120 km/h motorway, popular with heavy vehicles and requiring concentration plus. I was very happy when we got off the motorway and our...
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Guernsey
Guernsey 2024

Guernsey

So, why visit Guernsey you might ask? My interest in Guernsey was first piqued many years ago when I read and then watched The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Society, a fantastic story set during the Second World War when the Channel Islands were the only British territory to be occupied...
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Brittany – the east
Brittany 2024

Brittany – the east

We had last been to Brittany (Bretagne) way back in 2007, loved it but only spent about a week in the region so it seemed the perfect place to concentrate the 'rural' part of our French adventure. Brittany is the traditional homeland of the Breton people and is one of the six Celtic...
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Paris part 2
Paris 2024

Paris part 2

Something else that had piqued my interest when researching Paris was Aura. Described as "an immersive experience which combines light effects, video mapping and original orchestral music. It intends to illuminate the Dôme des Invalides and help us (re)discover the magnificence of this jewel of Parisian heritage." And basically, it does just that. Just for context, Les Invalides is...
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Aaaahh Paree
Paris 2024

Aaaahh Paree

The familiar patchwork of brown, green and golden canola fields seen from the plane signified that we were once again flying over France and I realised it has been six years since our last visit. Wow! What a lot has happened in the intervening time. Our transport already booked, it...
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Final Finland
Helsinki 2024

Final Finland

Not wanting to waste our last day in Helsinki, today’s itinerary included some ‘culture’ first up followed by some history and (more) walking this afternoon. We had been given the tip (thanks Alison) about Helsinki’s famous library, the ‘Oodi’ and discovered it was only a short tram ride away. Oodi...
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Tallinn
Tallin 2024

Tallinn

The plan to visit Tallinn in nearby Estonia had been pencilled in before we left home but we had left the decison on whether or not we would go until the last minute, depending on our energy levels. Consequently the night before at 7 pm we were booking the ferry,...
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We meet the happiest people on Earth
Helsinki 2024

We meet the happiest people on Earth

When doing my aforementioned research for the RTW award ticket, the best options for getting out of Australia (using points) were via Tokyo then Helsinki to Charles de Gaulle (CDG). This is what I had booked initially but when I called Qantas later to add another flight I changed the...
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Turning Japanese
Tokyo 2024

Turning Japanese

Many of you will have heard me extolling the virtues of the Qantas Classic Award Round The World (RTW) ticket, purchased with points but capped, allowing you to add more flights for no additional points - if you follow the ‘rules.’ MANY hours of research went into this booking -...
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Due South
Northern Territory 2023

Due South

All too soon our quick taste of Kakadu was over and we turned southward toward home, although we wouldn't be home for a couple of weeks yet. Our next stop was the much anticipated (by me anyway) Bitter Springs where we were lucky enough to snag the last powered site,...
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Katherine and Kakadu
Northern Territory 2023

Katherine and Kakadu

A couple of days later we were parked up in the Boab Caravan Park, having crossed the border and travelled the scenic Victoria Highway into Katherine. Katherine provided our first opportunity for decent shopping for some time and also an opportunity for an approved Jayco repairer to have a look...
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Lake Argyle
Western Australia 2023

Lake Argyle

With two nights allocated to explore Lake Argyle itself, we hit the ground running. After checking in to the Lake Argyle Caravan Park (and possibly being allocated the only two sites in the park with no shade) we drove a short distance to visit the Argyle Homestead Museum, housed in...
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Kununurra and beyond
Western Australia 2023

Kununurra and beyond

Heading north west from Kununurra we drove toward the small township of Wyndham for a day trip. First though, a little detour en route took us to The Grotto, a pretty gorge reached by descending 140 steps with no safety rail for the faint hearted 😜 Wyndham was established in...
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Purnululu (Bungle Bungle Ranges) and we reach Kununurra
Western Australia 2023

Purnululu (Bungle Bungle Ranges) and we reach Kununurra

We had arranged to meet with John and Steph at a free camp known as Ellendale Lagoon, situated on a private cattle station and a couple of hours drive south east from Derby. It was a very picturesque spot and by lunch time we were parked at water's edge next...
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