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

Back to the Island

Back to the Island

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.
The Quiet Day

The Quiet Day

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.
Fairytale Castle

Fairytale Castle

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.
Towers and Fish

Towers and Fish

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.
Venise Verte

Venise Verte

A bit of leisurely walking, photography and punting around canals, whilst generally feeling a bit tired after the previous day's exploits.
Phares des Baleines

Phares des Baleines

We drove all the way over to the western end of the Île de Ré to visit a rather nice lighthouse.
Lots of Driving

Lots of Driving

Our first ever holiday where we drove onto the continent in our own car. We drove a long way on the first day.
La Rochelle

La Rochelle

A week on the beautiful west coast of France. It was so hot, it was more like sun-snogged than sun-kissed.
Les Arcs

Les Arcs

Skiing in Les Arcs, and overlooked by the totally mad "Speed Skiing" course.
Northumberland

Northumberland

A week in Northumberland enjoying one of Britains best, and least known, bits of coastline.
Wet in Whistler

Wet in Whistler

In early 2005 Kas and me went skiing in Whistler with the Burlaces. The weather was a bit suspect.
Lake District in the Winter

Lake District in the Winter

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.

Snowy Tattenhoe

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.
Paris in the Autumn

Paris in the Autumn

I surprised Kas for her birthday by taking her on a flying visit to Paris, on the train.
Prince Bishops

Prince Bishops

Durham, in the English North-East, is the self-styled Land of the Prince Bishops. Never heard of them !
Nafplio

Nafplio

Nafplio is a bit more touristy than some of the other places we'd been. But not much.
Where They Make the Olives

Where They Make the Olives

A medium sized town on the south side of the Peloponnese which sits off the regular tourist track.
The Home of the Olympics

The Home of the Olympics

A great place to spend our third wedding anniversary.
The Delphic Oracle

The Delphic Oracle

You used to be able to come here to foresee your future. I wish we'd known beforehand.
The Monasteries of Meteora

The Monasteries of Meteora

A collection of monasteries built in infeasible locations, resulting in some spectacular photographic opportunities.