Posts Tagged ‘travel’

October
2nd
2007

02 October 2007

Been on a cycling holiday along the length of Hadrians Wall in the north of the UK. It was a rain filled few days but still very enjoyable and coped with the rain by eating mega full englishes every day pints every evening and only a spot of cycling between. For the full low down on the trip check out Emmas full trip report.

For those of you who last saw me bearded and shaggy headed Im now clean shaven and close cropped but not gonna scare you with any pics of my ugly mug. [read more…]

March
24th
2008

08 March 2008 – Cuba Trip

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We arrived in Havana in the early afternoon and by the time we had changed some money at the airport and shared a cab into town with a French guy we met it was around 16:00. The cab driver charged us CUC$30 which we later found should have been more like CUC$25 but no biggie. Our first night was spent with Roberti y Ladys as our original choice of Casa Mercedes couldn’t take us due to some weird security restrictions related to a religious visit taking place at a nearby cathedral. We dumped our stuff in a basic but OK room changed into shorts, sandals and t-shirts and headed out to explore what we could which gave us a mixed first impression of Havana as we headed to the Malecon and into Centro Havana rather than Havana Vieja. [read more…]

April
6th
2008

A (hopefully Final) Winters Weekend

So this weekend has seen a few things going on which I thought it was worth writing a few words about. The weather has been pretty cold for starters with the most snow we have seen all winter. The snow wasn’t very heavy and didn’t stick around long but its still magical to see the garden and streets temporarily transformed.

Em and I have spent some of the weekend planning our next bike trip which is a 6 day route around Normandy in France. Its going to be a pretty much circular route starting at Dieppe heading west along the coast, back inland to follow the seine to Rouen and then north along the avenue verte to Dieppe. [read more…]

May
6th
2008

Cycling, Terrahawks And No More Pox!

CriticalMass

So I’ve been cycling and remembering Terrahawks a bit recently and you know what that means…I don’t have chickenpox anymore! I still have a few little scars remaining but they are gradually fading. Even so Chickenpox was not a lot of fun and Im very glad its over and done with hopefully for ever.

A few weeks back now Emma and I joined the London Critical Mass bike ride on a Friday night for a evening ride around central London. I particularly enjoyed being outside Westminster at the roundabout with cyclists circling the whole thing and the police helpfully stopping traffic for us until they got tired of the game and a paramedic car came through to break things up. [read more…]

May
24th
2008

Trip To Cinque Terre 15th – 18th May 2008

For my birthday this year my lovely girlfriend Emma decided to arrange a trip to Italy and not just any old part of Italy but to a town called Riomaggiore think fishing boats, winding streets, focaccia bread and houses coloured by a child with a penchant for pastels. We flew to Genova and then trained our way down the coast catching glimpses of a picture perfect summers day, blue ocean, rocky inlets and a myriad of villages filled with houses piled up high like building blocks as we sped through tunnels. [read more…]

December
26th
2008

End Of 2008 Update

Well slack old me has not posted to my blog since way back in June and that is just disgraceful but is I hope an indication of how busy Ive been in the last 5 months or so.

From my last post I mentioned that we were looking into moving house and that is partly why posting has been delayed. It took me two months to get an internet connection in new house due to the incompetence of Tiscali. Made me realise how dependent on broadband I am. Anyways new house is lovely with some friendly housemates. We have just spend a wonderful christmas day in our new flat with Turkey, Ham, wine, cider and my awesome red Xmas jumper as shown in pics. I got and gave some awesome presents including a Joe Blow standing pump for extra awesome bike tyre pumping action, a print of london life for Emma, some nice music by Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes and an adult sized space hopper. [read more…]

May
13th
2010

Fresh Bread & Blue Cheese


Fresh Bread & Blue Cheese

We arrived at Yves and Ingrid’s beautiful home after days of camping in snow and rain. They had contacted us by email offering us the chance to visit them and as we tried to resolve the problems with our tent their offer seemed to good to be true. Before we arrived we had decided that we would stay 2 nights giving us the chance to recover a little and make plans for our route ahead. – Posted by Justin

June
21st
2010

The Easy Life In Tuscany


The easy life in Tuscany

After two weeks of rigorous testing I can confirm that spending your holiday-time with a car, firm mattress and washing machine is vastly more comfortable than cycle touring through the summer heat. We were lucky to spend two weeks in relative luxury with my parents Bruce and Judy who had flown over from New Zealand for a couple of weeks with us. – Posted by Emma

June
28th
2010

Road To Piano Grande


Road to Piano Grande

To the title music from a spaghetti western we headed off into the sunset on the road to Piano Grande. Well at least that’s how I had pictured it when I first read a guide book description of the Piano Grande area. – Posted by Justin

July
1st
2010

Italy By Numbers


Italy by numbers

We’ve always loved Italian food, and while we had some substandard focaccia and gelato in Italy, overall the cuisine lived up to our expectations (oh and the scenery was spectacular as well). We left food heaven with more insect bites than we arrived with, possibly more weight (see gelato figures below) plus fantastic memories of the roads we travelled and the people who stopped to talk to us in every small town we passed. Here are some facts and figures from our time in Italy. – Posted by Emma