Oxford: A week on the canals

After months of walking on towpaths and watching the narrowboats ply the canals last fall, we were finally ready to board our own boat and try our hand at maneuvering around England's waterways. We took the train from Glasgow to Coventry and then grabbed a cab for the short ride to the Coventry Basin, the... Continue Reading →

Scotland: Whiskey, castles, and scenery

We took our second road trip through Scotland, but this time with company and a different itinerary. We met my sister and brother-in-law, Janice and Mike, at Gatwick Airport, and rushed them off to the train station to board a train for Saint Pancras and then a switch at King's Cross for our long train... Continue Reading →

Deal: Sea swap

Having enjoyed the warmth and ocean of coastal Cyprus so much, we were a bit apprehensive about heading back to the UK in April. Pre-booked flights and train trips, and a committed house sit (not to mention the lack of accommodation elsewhere), won out and we set off for our next adventure. And here we... Continue Reading →

Limassol: Last words (again)

I thought I had finished talking about Limassol and Cyprus, but we created enough time in a few workdays by rescheduling our dog walks to Ken-only afternoons to get up to a few more interesting things in our last days there. Kourion (Curium) Though we felt like we had seen sufficient ancient ruins to last... Continue Reading →

Turkey: Istanbul

Istanbul. A city split over two continents (Asia and Europe). A city with a countable population that is roughly half that of the entire country of Canada. The Turks speak of the country's uncountable population (refugees and their growing families, primarily) as, well, uncountable--nobody knows how many more this adds to the population number--and Istanbul is a... Continue Reading →

Turkey: Bodrum & Ephesus

We had 2 weeks free after our house sit in Turkey before we needed to be in Istanbul for a flight out of the country.  Rather than spend a few days at several spots along the 1,000km route, we planned a (hopefully) quiet week in one coastal town followed by a (likely) crazy week in... Continue Reading →

Kalkan: Our first taste of Turkey

The flight plan was Bologna to Istanbul with three hours to spare before our connecting flight to the Dalaman airport in Turkey's southwest. Thanks to the remnants of The Beast from the East causing icy-rain conditions on the morning of our departure from Bologna, and the lack of available de-icing fluid at the airport, our departure... Continue Reading →

Bologna: Short and sleet

OK, it wasn't all sleet, but there certainly was snow. And icy rain. Bologna was our home during the second half of the Beast from the East, the unusually harsh winter in the UK and Europe at the end of February and first few days of March. We were flying to our next destination from... Continue Reading →

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