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
For our final full day we couldn't really decide what to do, so we went back to the Île de Ré to do a bit more exploring.
This was the day where we didn't do much. We did so little that I apparently couldn't even be bothered to take any photos of it.
The Château de la Roche Courbon is a really rather spectacular historic monument just over an hour's drive south of La Rochelle. It took us all day to drive there, see the sights and drive back.
Our third full day and our first trip into our host city of La Rochelle. We'd read that the old town centre of town is very pretty and that the Aquarium is great.
A bit of leisurely walking, photography and punting around canals, whilst generally feeling a bit tired after the previous day's exploits.
We drove all the way over to the western end of the Île de Ré to visit a rather nice lighthouse.
Our first ever holiday where we drove onto the continent in our own car. We drove a long way on the first day.
A week on the beautiful west coast of France. It was so hot, it was more like sun-snogged than sun-kissed.
A week in Northumberland enjoying one of Britains best, and least known, bits of coastline.
In early 2005 Kas and me went skiing in Whistler with the Burlaces. The weather was a bit suspect.
In February 2004 Kas and I took a short break in the Lake District to enjoy a final bit "couple" time before we became parents.
It’s not often we get a lot of snow at home. When we do, it can be really pretty, and we tend to get to enjy it because we almost invariably end up with roads, offices, and life in general, being shut down until it goes away again.
I surprised Kas for her birthday by taking her on a flying visit to Paris, on the train.
Durham, in the English North-East, is the self-styled Land of the Prince Bishops. Never heard of them !
A medium sized town on the south side of the Peloponnese which sits off the regular tourist track.
You used to be able to come here to foresee your future. I wish we'd known beforehand.