Hong Kong, the blog from the bog

Getting ill is part and parcel of travelling, just as it is part and parcel of life. We both had 2 nasty stomach bugs when we travelled long term, which over a period of nearly 7 months was pretty good going. It’s really annoying to get ill on a short trip though, but thankfully it…

Angkor 2018 continued

I had achieved much of what I wanted on day one. I walked somewhere in the region of 15 miles and my legs were not happy when I woke for day 2. I had arranged with my tuktuk driver to begin at 8.30am on my second and last day, and I immediately threw him a…

Angkor 2018

Cambodia really touched our hearts when we visited in 2010. So much so that we returned 2 years later for part of our Honeymoon. Claire is always reluctant to return to places we have previously visited, but for Cambodia our return was brilliant and a valuable lesson that covering old ground can be worthwhile. What…

A flying visit to Shanghai, literally

It is time once again to bring this blog back to life. We have travelled a lot in recent times, but not the sort of places that make for entertaining blog posts. China is not a place I have ever longed to visit. It certainly has plenty to offer but for many reasons it had…

How I found out that there are 2 airports in Istanbul

Have you heard the saying “complacency is the mother of all cock ups”? I doubt it as I think I just made it up. But it sums up our journey to the airport when we left Istanbul. At some point in the 24 hour period before departure I convinced myself that the airport we needed…

Aosta Valley (Italy) – Snow Shoeing

If you asked me to name 10 words that summed up this blog one of those words would certainly be “complacency”. It doesn’t happen much admittedly but enough to make me smile when I realise I have underestimated something. Our eventful visit to Lake Titicaca is a great example. For our second snow shoeing experience…

Addo Elephant Park

Our good friends Dave and Grainne have been droning on about South Africa for years. Telling us about the incredible scenery and the amazing food. To shut them up we decided to go and see what all the fuss was about. Getting to South Africa is pretty easy and best of all there is barely…

A brief visit to Split

“You know those flights to Rome? Well I booked flights to Split instead.” That’s how we booked our latest holiday. With absolutely no planning and a little spontaneity. Croatia has always been somewhere that had some appeal for me. It looked great, with the amazing coastline and some old buildings. Right up my street so…

Chamonix – The Mer de Glace Glacier

Too much exertion is most definitely a bad thing, especially when you are on holiday. Having walked endlessly in Barcelona only to then go straight out and snowshoe upon my arrival in Chamonix I was keen for a more restful experience. As it happened on my second day most of the family were also keen…

Chamonix – Snowshoeing and some general rambling

When it comes to travel blogging, that being what I endeavor to do here on this lowly online journal, I find that it becomes very hard to write when I have a large ensemble cast. This is the reason I have not (yet) put anything on here regarding our time in South Korea – because…

Barcelona one last time and a turbulent hop to France

This was my last day in Barcelona and I was sad to be leaving but at the same time excited to be moving on. My next stop was not home and as such I was starting to feel the type of excitement we experienced on our longer trips. Where the sadness of leaving one great…

Barcelona Photo Blog

Please bare in mind that I am no photographer and that I was also experimenting using my phone as a camera (which I think was successful). I also hardly bothered to use my tripod. And I have no patience. Or talent. So in summary, I’m better with words. But anyway, enjoy.