Patisseries and packing

The worst part about leaving Paris, is not being able to bring all the food with us that we just didn’t have time to eat, like a truckload of patisseries! We both LOVE these fancy cakes, choux pastry, macaroons, and cakes that are almost too pretty to eat. Almost. We decided to start our morning…

Monet

I have often been in awe of gardeners, for their patience, the foresight and forethought towards laying out a garden, and for how their imaginations can dream up what a garden will look like when the seeds they plant become fully grown. One of my favourite gardens is that at Monet’s house, or Fondation Claude…

Better times

This morning was a little less exciting, though a touch frantic. In a homage to Harry Potter, we took an Uber from our hotel to the house where Maison de Nicholas Flamel once lived and worked. Having posed for the obligatory photos we then set off on foot to wander the streets, particularly Boulevard de…

Bonjour!

This blog post has been a little delayed, as you may have guessed. We’re staying at the Holiday Inn Elysees in, and the wifi is a little… iffy. We flew in last night, the 22nd, and today’s been a bit full-on since we woke up. I’m going to broach a subject that’s not mentioned a…

Across the Alps and onto the Adriatic

One of the best Christmas/birthday presents I’ve ever received would have to be this one. A trip to Venice, for Carnival. What a surprise! Years ago I’d read Death in Venice, by Thomas Mann, and the way he’d described Venice, the Venetto, the islands, all of it, has always stuck in my mind. A haunting…

Of Portugal and Planes

Coming home is always a weird feeling. It’s great to lay down in your own bed, that familiar welcoming hug from your duvet. Made slightly odd when you’ve left your significant other somewhere else, which comes with that territory of first trips away as a new couple. Part of you wants to assess and reassess…

A Day in Lagos

Is there anything more awesome than an ice cold gelato on a hot day? Okay, maybe there is, but right now, we’d say no! Our hosts were headed to Lagos today to do some shopping, not the fun kind, but the kind critical to keeping a self sufficency project afloat. They were kind enough to…

Down-under in Portugal

What is going on?! Again today we woke up to discover that the sun was shining, it was warm, also mildly wet with overnight rainfall, but for the moment it was glorious! It didn’t take us long to decide what we were doing: going to the beach! But which beach? That was the major problem….

Silves and Silliness

Praise be, it’s stopped raining – for today! Once again we’ve woken up to discover clear, blue and sunshine filled skies! What luck! Either that, or the clouds have finally dumped all the water they were carrying and have moved on. One can hope. After braving the solar shower, something that is not for the…

Rain, Rain, but we’re not in Spain…

Will it ever stop raining? That’s the leading question in our minds. Since arriving two days ago, we’ve hardly had more than an hour’s break in downpours. I kid you not, there’s been so much water that at time’s I’ve been afraid our caravan would be washed away. The up side of so much rain…

We made it!

I hate flying, that’s a given, but I have to say, the flight was good. But then it was short, so that’s always a good start! Since arriving we’ve hired a car, and driven in semi-darkness from the airport to the back of beyond – colloquial Aussie for ‘I have no bloody idea where we…

Off to Portugal we go…

You never really know how things are going to pan out when travelling… especially when the trip is also the testing ground for a new relationship. Some may consider it foolish or risky, to throw two people – who’re still only getting to know each other – into a confined space, in a foreign country,…