UK 2018: Part 4

Cornwall! Hurrah! Home of many of my childhood holidays. I couldn't wait! Beautiful Whistlefish greeting card! Cornwall: Liskeard We arrived in good time. In fact, we were early. We parked and took a stroll around the town. Liskeard is inland and so it doesn't have the same quaint feel of the seaside towns. It does, however, have all you need on a day to day basis - stores, supermarkets, banks, a post office and restaurants. And those all important charity

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UK 2018: Part 3

From East Sussex to North Yorkshire is quite a trek, but we took it easy and arrived in time for tea (albeit a late one). Yorkshire: York Pat, our Airbnb host, was a lovely lady who had indeed provided us with tea and cake on our arrival. This was our view the following morning. York is a beautiful city! Our Airbnb home for the next few days was far enough out of the city to be peaceful, but just about

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UK 2018: Part 2

So, onto pet sit number 2. Well almost! We had a few days between pet sits so opted for a couple of nights in an Airbnb in Hove, a stone's, or should I say a pebble's throw, from Brighton. Sussex: Hove and Brighton I spent many happy childhood hours in Hove. My Grandmother lived there and we'd regularly go shopping together - I would be running to keep up with her strong, invincible stride - that and collecting pebbles from

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UK 2018: Part 1

And so it was that we returned to the UK. We had a plan which had only been growing for the last few weeks but we did have a plan...and it was coming together. This year we were trying out a new travel experience. We were going to pet-sit our way around the country, or at least try to for most of the trip. We'd signed up with a new website TrustedHousesitters.com. It was a relatively straightforward process but we

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December 2017: Chiang Mai

For those of you who have followed my blog right from the start, from way back in 2012, you will know that after a few years of exploring this planet, I serendipitously ended up in Chiang Mai. I have already left and returned to this town more times than I care to remember. In the most part it's been due to visa regulations, BUT, for whatever reason, it's always good to land back here, watching the square shape of the

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October and November 2017: Chiang Mai

Hello everyone! After 4 months of travelling around Europe,  I'm back in Chiang Mai. The time has flown by and I'm behind on blogging. So, I'm going to cheat a little this time and cover two months together, but I'm keeping it short and sweet. Here's a collection of snapshots from the last few weeks. Be warned, the second picture is a little gruesome! Ol barely escaped with his life after being savaged by a gecko. Actually, it was a

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September 2017: Wing, London and back to Wing

WING We never thought our trip would extend into September but it did, and we made the most of our last month. For those who have never heard of Wing, and many have not, it's a small village in the UK set somewhere between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes. It seems to be on the border of two counties for sometimes it is claimed to be in Buckinghamshire whilst other times it is part of Bedfordshire. Either way it's within the

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August 2017: Seville, Wing and Barford St Michael

And so it was we ended up crossing the border into Spain and on to Seville. It was surprisingly easy to find accommodation here, but hot doesn't even begin to describe the temperatures! SEVILLE Right from the start Seville provided us with eye candy. From the modern graffiti art right through the spectrum to the ancient and astounding.      The temperatures soared whilst we were here. In fact, the heatwave was so brutal it was nicknamed Lucifer. It was

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July 2017: The southern half of Portugal.

We arrived in Lisbon to the spectacle of the Gare do Oriente. Impressive huh! https://youtu.be/esMLy9eO57A LISBON Lisbon is where I think I'll split the pack. Whilst I found Lisbon a visually amazing and interesting city, I didn't like the feel of it so much. It's a big city with, in my opinion, three distinct areas - the water side, the tree lined business and chic cafe area, and the old historic city with its narrow streets. I completely got 1

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June 2017: Wing and the northern half of Portugal!

Following London is always a tough call, especially when the weather is good. But Wing gave us more sunshine (most of the time) and a bolt hole for a few days. Time to catch up with Dad and enjoy the countryside! I warn you....this is a big month. Grab a drink and put your feet up. WING We started as we meant to go on, on foot, and joined the Nordic Walking crew taking in the sights and sounds of

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