Cork, Port Wine, Chocolate & Classical Music along the Douro River

The cruise was nearly over.  We would be spending a whole day sailing back to Porto on the Douro River. We have been on other European cruises along the Rhine, Seine and Rhone and there was never  a day where we just sailed. So what to do on a sail day?   We could have …

First Day in Porto for the sisters

3 flights and many hours later  we arrived safely in Porto.  Our flights from Australia were ok.  I think I actually slept a bit.  Which is not the normal for me. I flew from Melbourne to Singapore and Muriel from Perth to Singapore.  We then flew from Singapore to Frankfurt.  We had a couple of …

Happy New Year – 2019

Wow...its 2019 in this part of the world.  A lot of you are still in 2018.  So this year brings a bit of travel for us. A couple of days with my sister Muriel and her son Christopher and his girlfriend.  I have to be quiet where we are going as I don't think Muriel …

Chateau Gaillard – Richard the Lionhearts Castle

Richard the Lionheart - King of England and Duke of Normandy  built Chateau Gaillard in two years!  From 1196 - 1198.  Two Years! It was built to protect both the Seine River and Rouen from the powerful King of France Philippe Auguste.  These two had set out on a crusade to the Holy Land earlier but …

The TGV is fast! Lyon to Paris in less than 2 hours!

Excitement and sadness filled the air as our cruise along the Rhone had ended. We would be heading to Paris on the TGV - which translates to very very fast. Our coaches arrived to take us to the Lyon Part-Dieu railway station. Wow such a busy train station.  We had been warned that pick pockets …

Frogs and Snails and puppy dog tails

Today we would be taking a tour into the Dombes region to visit the picturesque town of Chatillon sur Chalaronne where we will have the opportunity to taste the regional specialty of frog's legs and visit a snail farm. Now I have had snails on many occasions.  I love them especially done in a garlicky …

Sunshine Blogger Award

I have been nominated by Esther from https://richerfortravel.wordpress.com/home/  who I have had the pleasure of meeting up through a wonderful support group on Facebook.  Esther is a fellow traveler and also chronic illness warrior. Please head over to her page and check out her travels to Italy and her latest post to Lego Land!  To be nominated by …

Be prepared to be amazed at the Pont du Gard!

After lunch and a few cold drinks - it was very hot down in the south of France last August.  There were two afternoon excursions a trip to the Pont du Gard Roman Aqueduct bridge or Chateauneuf du Pape: Town and vineyard tour with wine tasting.  MMMH choices...an old bridge or wine.   The bridge …

Pont Saint Benezet – The Bridge of Avignon

As we were having breakfast our ship was sailing into Avignon.  We passed by the famous  Pont Saint Benezet - The bridge of Avignon.  This bridge was built in the 12 century and is made famous by the song - Sur le Pont d'Avignon.but it is better known as the Pont d'Avignon on which one …

Broken Shoes – dancing

Its amazing what an engineer can do.  Muriel broke her shoes dancing till the wee small hours of the morning.  She spoke to reception and they said they would get the engineer to see if he could fix them He sure did fix them.  Fix them like new! I have to confess. - The broken …