🇫🇷 Day 12 – Chablis etc

Today is the last real day to do stuff; tomorrow is packing day, lunch in Vézelay and hopefully a trip back to La Maison Ronde. A road trip up to Chablis is the ticket then, with possible extension to Tonnerre and maybe Tanlay too. We have drank a lot of Chablis this holiday and it’s…

🇫🇷 Day 11 – Baked to Cravant

It’s Tuesday and another chance to cycle the beautiful paths of the Canal du Nivernais. I somehow manage to get confused and tell Mrs that the town we both wanted to go visit, Cravant, is but 6km away from our new launching point; itself further up the canal from our first jaunt. Fair enough, she…

🇫🇷 Day 10 – Lunch with Wasps

Another blisteringly hot day. It’s a thing, all this heat. It’s cathartic and good for the soul for a while, then it ramps up and ramps up until it’s like sitting in a sauna, but fully clothed. Today was no different and after an easy morning we headed up to Vézelay for lunch. Parking was…

🇫🇷 Day 9 – Exciting Start

A cooler than usual morning lended itself to a cycle along a canal, so we got ourselves fed and changed, bikes prepped and on Bampa’s car before setting off towards Châtel-Censoir, the drop-off point. Bampa runs two sat-nav’s; the in-car job and a separate Garmin for the front-facing camera that detects stuff, like speed limits…

🇫🇷 Day 8 – Recovering

Yesterday was a pivotal moment; I was tasked early on in the holiday to man the barbecue on this very day. Having been flat-out on my back for the past 2 days, I took it as the turning point to get myself sorted and fix this looming disaster of a holiday. Maybe standing beside a…

🇫🇷 Day 5 – Bittersweet Auxerre

The 4th largest city in Burgundy and the capital of the Yonne department, Auxerre is a beautiful place about an hour’s drive from Asquins. Last year it was significantly longer due to the wee bridge at Blannay being shut due to construction works. This year though, we are straight through. It’s a nice jaunt up…

🇫🇷 Day 4 – Trudge to Vézelay

No sleep again. We’ll get there. Missy is unsettled with the heat and weird noises of fans blasting and crickets chirping. Not to worry; the sun is beating and we decide to make the walk up to Vézelay as famille complète. Missy decides to go at the hill on Scooter, whilst we bemoan this choice…

Scorched Earth

Last week saw the chance to get out, as a spectator, on the course with the Old Man and my friend. He was up from England on business and took the opportunity to have a round on Dad’s club course, Lundin Links. It’s been dry here for well over 5 weeks now and the landscape…

Hidden Wonder

It has been hot now for well over 4 weeks, and by hot I don’t mean typical Scotland hot of 13° and overcast; it has been in the 20’s constantly and to my constant surprise, it’s been the most joyous of times. Sunshine heals the soul. Fact. I always used to shirk away from any…

Rainy Saturday

We had planned to head through to Glasgow today to visit the science museum. I awoke early, by which I mean I was awoken with a kick to the head and a grumpy stomp to the toilet. I was getting the loaf I prepared yesterday into the oven for lunch today, so got semi-dressed and…

National Treasure

A startling realisation is that I last visited this place over 20 years ago with my Dad. 20. Years. I was calculating it on the way home in the car. Must have been 10 years, I reasoned, before counting back on my fingers what 10 years ago would have aged me. Nope. Further. 15? Nope….

Perth Classic Car Parade

We moved back into the district of Perth & Kinross in late March of this year. It was a really stressful time, not just for the move, but because of all that was going on around the move with jobs and suchlike. Then getting the new house decked out and all the hoards of paperwork…

Silver Sands

Sometimes we brave the challenge of having a picnic on the beach. We accepted it this weekend and headed down to Silver Sands, where we faced brisk winds and sandy sandwiches. Sometimes it’s sunny and unbeatable down there. Sometimes it’s sunny and absolutely baltic, often weeks apart. This was a baltic one and we stuck…

Ferme du Temple

Tardenois is a place just outside of Reims where lies a ruined Templar church. Which also happens to be a B&B. Yep. It seems like a good idea, and the outside is bloody brilliant. Big sprawling grounds with a massively long drive down an entrance road flanked by beautiful trees; the setting sun dappling through…

Château de Saint-Fargeau

Almost 50 miles from our perch in Asquins is a place called Saint-Fargeau. It’s a small wee town that hosts a massive big castle, called Château de Saint-Fargeau. We’d been before 11 years prior, but went back there on, of all days, Miss’ 2nd birthday. It just so happened to be one of the hottest bloody…

Sailing Yacht Skua

We were invited to join my Uncle and his pals for a sail around the west coast of Scotland; why not! A trip of a lifetime perhaps. We knew he was going to be buying his own yacht but this was a chartered one, and a long one at that; 40ft long. We got off…

Gumball 3000 – Edinburgh

Just so happened to be meeting a friend in Edinburgh the very day the Gumball arrived in town – lots of incredible cars and even more incredible wankers. But I was happy; a proper Shelby 427 S/C was there and I managed to get a good look at it before the bastard driving it crashed…

Wilanów Palace

Thinking back now, the main thing I remember about this place was how tasty it looked. That light off-white beside that lemon yellow, faded mint green coupled with the architecture; it looked like an elaborate cake. Inside was some really amazingly old art and sculpture; we whizzed around it not really knowing what was going…

Warsaw

We travelled over to Poland in April to see our lovely friends and their little girl. It was set to be a great time as we had a lot planned, including a trip to Auschwitz, which I was really looking forward to, albeit apprehensive. Before we got there though we spent a few days around…