Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.

Cesare Pavese

Brugse Beer 2017

Brugse Beer 2017

Four days of mad geocaching under glorious skies.
Welsh Weekend

Welsh Weekend

A four-day weekend of spectacular scenery, flash cars, and expanding waistlines.
Grand Tour of Skiddaw

Grand Tour of Skiddaw

Kas somehow got it into her mind that it would be a good-fun idea to run an ultra-marathon in Cumbria to finish off the summer holidays.
Cutting the Mustard

Cutting the Mustard

Our journey home was punctuated by a night over in Dijon, the home of French mustard.
Reserved Nature

Reserved Nature

A slow day for three of us while Kas went for a long run in the morning. All four of us went for a short walk in the afternoon.
Chamonix Town

Chamonix Town

Today was that traditional day in each holiday where we didn't really do much. The weather was a bit showery and grey and we were all a bit pooped after a long day out yesterday.
Three Countries

Three Countries

Geocaching in three different countries in the same day. I haven't done that for a couple of years.
Not Quite to Plan

Not Quite to Plan

We didn't quite do what we'd planned to do, but what we did do ended up being good.
Ups and Downs

Ups and Downs

Chamonix is a living geography lesson. It's the one where the teacher was talking about moraines, eskers and U-shaped valleys, if you remember it.
Aiguille du Midi

Aiguille du Midi

A trip up to the top of the scarily tall looking mountain that overlooks Chamonix. Thankfully, the resident Bond villain was out.
Run to the Hills

Run to the Hills

We started the day in the home of champagne and needed to get to the home of, well, I'm not sure. The first Winter Olympics. That should be enough to convince you.
From Home to Reims

From Home to Reims

Two days for the price of one here. We'd heard bad things about trying to get into the ferry terminal, so we set off the night before and stayed nearby.
Chamonix

Chamonix

A week of going up and down mountains and rediscovering school geography lessons, especially the ones about mountains and glaciers.
Llangollen Mega

Llangollen Mega

Masses of geocache hunting with some events thrown in for good measure.
Geolympix 2016

Geolympix 2016

Caching in a forest in moderately bad weather, because there was an event on.
Going Mega in France

Going Mega in France

Five go mad in Valenciennes. Except there were only four of us. Unless you include the ukelele.
Silverstone

Silverstone

A day of fast cars, unhealthy food and no working.
Langdale Pikes

Langdale Pikes

Don't tell them your name Pike ! Langdale has several Pikes, but none of them are gangly teenagers from Dad's Army.
Cat Bells

Cat Bells

Cat Bells is nothing to do with campanological felines. It's a mountain. Near Keswick. And we climbed it.
Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

That weird day of each year when both kids have their birthday. Denise and Dave came over to see us.