20 Years From Now...

"20 YEARS FROM NOW," Mark Twain said, “you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did.”
THIS online journal is dedicated to our next 20 years!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Saint Paul de Vence

The medieval hilltop town of Saint Paul de Vence is a short, economical bus ride from Nice. For 3 euros per person (round trip) the #400 bus leaves from the Albert 1er bus stop and takes approximately 55 minutes before arriving in Saint Paul.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Five Weeks in Nice

Housesitting has broadened and enhanced our lives exponentially. We've made lifelong friends and taken care of an array of adorable pets while travelling slow and living like a local in a great many places the average traveller either bypasses altogether or zips through at the speed of light. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Barcelona by Bus & Foot

While we were in Barcelona we took the Hop on, Hop off City Bus tour. There are two companies that provide this service, but we opted for the Official Barcelona City Tour as it offers both an eastern and western route that can be done on the same day for a single price.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Barcelona's La Pedrera

The high speed train from Cordoba to Nice stops in Barcelona and while we were on our way to Nice for a 5-week housesit we first spent three-nights in Barcelona the last week of March. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

In & Around Cordoba

Cordoba is one of the most fascinating cities we've visited. Combine its vibrant Spanish zest for life with its diverse culture and there is a lot to love about this place.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Courtyards of Cordoba

Cordoba's hot, dry climate allowed its early inhabitants - first the Romans and later Muslims - to build homes with a centre courtyard that often included a fountain and well to collect rainwater. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Cordoba's Great Mezquita-Cathedral

The Mezquita-Cathedral of Cordoba is an architectural, religious and historic wonder. It has been used for thousands of years by peoples from various cultures and religious beliefs and today combines a unique Muslim/Christian blend that is visually stunning.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


On Monday, March 20, 2017 we arrived in Cordoba for a weeklong stay. Within seven or eight minutes of hailing a cab from the train station we reached our destination on Calle (Street) Blanco Belmont, but neither the driver nor us could find the number of our Airbnb flat. I made a quick phone call to our host, Juan, who came to meet us and once we saw the narrow staircase leading up to the flat (far right below) we no longer felt like complete tourists for not finding our way - especially as the cabbie had difficulty as well.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Madrid: Palaces to Paintings

While we were in Madrid we toured the largest palace in Europe - the Royal Palace. It was an easy walk from our flat on Calle Major and the audio guide (viewed on a Samsung tablet) provided close up shots of each specific item and that additional technical perk really enhanced our visit.