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Week 44 – Paris is always a good idea: Part 2/2

July 26th – 28th 2014 Going Solo in Paris There is Pleasure in the Pathless Woods – Lord Byron There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society where none intrudes, By the deep Sea, and music in its roar: I love not Man the less, but […]

Week 44 – Paris is always a good idea: Part 1/2

23rd – 26th June 2014   Paris is always a good idea – Audrey Hepburn in the film Sabrina, 1954. Now in the city of love. So different to our previous experiences of Paris perhaps because we stayed out of the central city. This time round it seemed cleaner, friendlier and more open minded. Perhaps we have […]

Old Port of Marseille

Week 43 – A week in Provence

16-22 June 2014 Rail Strike! The week begins with another adventure on the French rails – the strike which began last week has continued as members of some of the more militant railway unions oppose moves to re-merge the French train operator with the company which owns the track, which were themselves separated some years […]

Week 42 – Parlez-vous Anglais? Part 2/2

June 12th – 15th, 2014 We were now heading away from the civilisation of Lyon to realise one of Graham’s boyhood dreams. Once in a book when he was not much older than Lucas, he had seen the famous church atop a volcanic core at Le Puy en Velay and wanted to see it with […]

Week 42 – Parlez-vous anglais? – Part 1/2

9th to 11th of June, 2014 Bonjour (Hello) Sunday rolls around and we’re off again.  Why do these days have to whizz by so fast?  The well established packing occurs, and Regula waves us off from her balcony. We board the bus to the city, and then the train once more – this time our […]

Paris Greeters

Volunteer Local Tour Guide Volunteering, Participation, Donation, Membership, etc. June, 2014 (Note: If you are considering any volunteer work overseas please stay safe, read our blog disclaimer and consider your personal decisions carefully. Also consider that volunteering with a family in tow, involves far more considerations, compromises and sacrifices, than that of a solo traveller). Our Couch surfing […]

There's a bear in there

Week 41 – And on into Switzerland

2nd – 8th June 2014 Karlsruhe and Ettlingen Still in the warm hospitality of our couchsurfing hosts in Oberweir, near Ettlingen, we started the week with a chance to explore the fine city of Karlsruhe, in Baden-Wurttemburg.   Alex loaded us up into the Citroen Picasso, and took us into the green centre of the […]

Duesseldorf-aktiv

Participating in a forum for civic engagement and volunteerism in Dusseldorf. Volunteering, Donation, etc. May, 2013 (Note: If you are considering any volunteer work overseas please stay safe, read our blog disclaimer and consider your personal decisions carefully. Also consider that volunteering with a family in tow, involves far more considerations, compromises and sacrifices, than that of a […]

Week 40 – A Trilogy of Adventures

May 26th – June 1st  2014   Bochum Day 274 saw us waving good bye to our good friends in Cluj Napoca, Romania, and boarding the budget Wizz flight to Dortmund, Germany. There we caught a train to Bochum to be met by our new couchsurfing hosts Freiderike and Constanze. We soon realised that although we had […]

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