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!

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Saint Chapelle

Our fourth day in Paris we walked from our flat on the left bank to Île de la Cité one of two remaining natural islands in the Seine within the city of Paris. It is here where the medieval city was founded and home to  Saint Chapelle.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Eiffel Tower & the Jules Verne Restaurant

It goes without saying that the Eiffel Tower is on everyone's list while visiting Paris. We had no idea of the many options available to us, but upon learning one can dine in a Michelin restaurant on the second level AND it includes a private elevator ride we booked a table two full months in advance of our arrival.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Musee d'Orsay

The Musee d'Orsay is housed in the former Orsay railway station that was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. 

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Paris

We arrived in Paris via Eurostar train 6022 from London on Tuesday afternoon - just one day later than originally planned so while the rotating French rail and air strike did affect us, it wasn't all that traumatic. One might even say it added to the story of our latest adventure. 

Monday, 9 April 2018

London's Guildhall Art Gallery

Travel itineraries are rarely carved in stone and today is a perfect example of that. Since early January we've had tickets for the Eurostar (chunnel train) from London St. Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord. Due to the rotating French rail and air strikes that began last week and continue through June, however, our train was cancelled. So, what's a couple to do? Re-book and make the best of it, of course, and this morning John suggested we visit the Guildhall Art Gallery.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Winchester Revisited

We first housesat for homeowners Lisa-Jane and John in April 2015 and when the opportunity arose for us to spend additional time in Winchester with Poppy we happily packed our bags. Sadly, today is our final day with this lovely girl, but we're SO grateful for our time with her.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Oxford Revisited

January 2016 we spent a week in Oxford and enjoyed it so much we hoped one day to return. Seeing as we had a few free days between our Marlow and Winchester housesits and Oxford was within an hour's train ride we made good on that goal and stayed three nights last week in the Malmaison - a former prison turned hotel.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Marlow

We spent ten days in mid-March in Marlow, Buckinghamshire with Jasper, Mew and Purr. These three adorable fur babies belong to Claire and David whom we had the pleasure of meeting four years ago during our first UK housesit

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Memories of Malaga

After spending 18 nights in Malaga we returned to the UK with wonderful memories that will remain with us for the rest of our lives. Memories like busy, narrow streets and picturesque alleyways.

Calle Fresca, Malaga

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Malaga Crystal and Glass Museum

Visiting the Crystal and Glass Museum was a last minute decision on our final day in Malaga and all things considered it was one of the most interesting, perhaps even quirky, venues in the city.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Pompidou Centre

The Pompidou Centre, on the Malaga harbour front, is a branch of the Paris contemporary art museum of the same name and features a colourful glass cube entrance.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Bishop's Palace

The Bishop's Palace features a baroque red and yellow exterior and is on the north side of Plaza de Obispo. Built in the 16th to 18th centuries it is a series of buildings that take up the entire block. 


Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Castillo de Gibralfaro

The Castillo de Gibralfaro sits atop Malaga on a hill named from the Arabic word Yabal meaning mountain and the Greek word Faruk meaning lighthouse and this combination explains why this site was chosen as a coastal vantage point. 

https://www.malagafestival.org/

Monday, 12 March 2018

Malaga Cathedral

Our first glimpse of historic Malaga was its catholic cathedral on the evening of our arrival as it shimmered in glorious light and shadows.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Malaga Centre of Contemporary Art

Present day artists and their creations can be a mixed bag of tricks, but we were pleasantly surprised by what we found within Malaga's Centre of Contemporary Art.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Museum of Malaga

The Malaga Museum, housed in the Palace de la Aduana, features the Museum of Fine Art on the first floor and Archaeological Museum on the second. 

Monday, 5 March 2018

Pheonicians, Picasso & Plazas

Sunday was cool and sunny and like the locals we headed to a nearby plaza for a couple of relaxing hours to soak up a few rays and savour a glass of wine out of doors. 

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Carmen Thyssen Museum - Malaga

We're SO grateful to not have any of the snow that is plaguing the rest of Europe, but we haven't gotten off scot-free either. Yesterday was our third day of rain in Malaga and it's torrential.  Umbrellas held high we cued outside the Carmen Thyssen Museum and as I was not about to take a photo in the pouring rain the photo of the exterior of the museum below is courtesy of Google!  

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Port of Malaga

Tuesday was warm and sunny and we headed to the port which is a short walk south of our flat and seeing as Malaga is on the cruise ship circuit the city has done a fantastic job of creating an inviting and welcoming first impression.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

The Alcazaba

Our second day in Malaga we strolled east past the cathedral to the Alcazaba - a short 6 minute walk from our flat - and as it was such a glorious day we decided to explore its interior.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Sunday Stroll in Malaga

We awoke to a lovely sunny morning and opted to spend Sunday like the locals (known as Malaguenos) and go for a leisurely stroll.

Monday, 26 February 2018

First Night in Malaga

We flew from London Gatwick to Malaga, Spain on February 24 and arrived at our Airbnb location in the centre of town around 7:00 PM. We knew we were in the right place as the Iglesia del Sagraria Cathedral looms above the Plaza del Obispo.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Friday, 2 February 2018

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Churchill War Rooms

On our final day in London we visited the Churchill War Rooms. The war rooms became operational on August 27, 1939 just a week before Britain declared war on Germany and closed six years later on August 16, 1945.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Tower of London

In the late 1970s when John and I first visited England we toured the Tower of London. We've returned to the city many times since and until this year never considered a repeat performance. John, however, suggested we do it this time around and I am so glad he did. Like so many things (us, wine, to name a few) the tower exhibits have improved (and expanded) with age.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Monday, 29 January 2018

William Morris Gallery

Upon completion of our housesit in Attleborough we headed to London where we spent four incredible days. Our first stop on Saturday was the William Morris Gallery housed in the building where Morris lived as a teenager. 

Friday, 19 January 2018

Wymondham Abbey

Wymondham is also home to Wymondham Abbey and its angel roof. I first read about it after our 2016 East Anglia visit and upon our return to housesit in Attleborough this year we were determined to check it out for ourselves. 

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Wymondham

Not far from Attleborough is the market town of Wymondham (pronounced Wind-um) and we were fortunate to visit on a sunny, albeit cold Tuesday afternoon. Getting there was easy via a 9-minute train ride from Attleborough. 

Monday, 15 January 2018

Ely Cathedral

Last time we visited Ely Cathedral was in May 2016 (details HERE) and during our current housesit in Attleborough we made certain to return as Ely Cathedral is one of our favourites.

Friday, 12 January 2018

King's College Chapel in Cambridge

Our last trip to Cambridge in 2016 coincided with college exams which meant King's College Chapel was not open to visitors. Earlier this week we returned to Cambridge via train from Attleborough with one goal in mind - to cross King's College Chapel off our list!

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Tentmakers of Cairo

While revisiting Norwich Cathedral we happened upon a current exhibit entitled the Tentmakers of Cairo.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Norwich Cathedral

During our market day in Norwich we strolled around town and eventually ended up outside the gate to the Cathedral.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Norwich Market

The first Saturday of January we took the train from Attleborough to Norwich with the sole intention of revisiting the Norwich Market.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Xmas 2017 & New Years 2018 with George

While much of Canada dealt with record breaking low temperatures and lake affect snow squalls during the holiday season we hunkered down in Attleborough, Norfolk, England with Gorgeous George.