Animals, Dogs, England, House Sitting Pets, house/pet sitting, living like a local, Living Like Locals, long-stay travel, Senior Travel, Travel, Uncategorized

30 Years and Getting Stronger

Yesterday was our 30 Anniversary. Why we had been telling everyone it was number 31 is anyone's guess. John keeps telling people that he knew his career in banking would be short-lived because he couldn't add. Oh, well, we think thirty pretty great. Hover your cursor over the image to read the caption.   Anniversaries… Continue reading 30 Years and Getting Stronger

Animals, Dogs, England, friends, house/pet sitting, living like a local, Living Like Locals, long-stay travel, North Curry, Travel, Uncategorized, Villages

Todays Walk, Routine or Enchanted?

Today we went on a walk with Pilot, Nancy and Angus, a beautiful black Labrador, owned by the son of our new friends, Andrew and Susan Meehan. Our dogs had never met Angus before. We were understandably a bit cautious as, our dogs, especially Nancy, can be a tad territorial at times. Not today! Everything was… Continue reading Todays Walk, Routine or Enchanted?

Animals, Bantry, Bantry House, Cliffs of Moher, Dublin, Ireland, living like a local, Living Like Locals, Ring of Kerry, Sheeps Head, Travel, Trinity College, Uncategorized, Villages

Ireland- How We Loved 40 Shades of Green, Bold Heather, Thick Fog, and lots of Rain.

Our first trip to Ireland was full of excitement, anticipation, beauty, 40 shades of green and history. Oh, yes, and plenty of laughing. We asked friends for advice on how to best attack this storied land. Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Adare,, Dingle, Killarney, and Cork received the most votes. So we decided to spend four days… Continue reading Ireland- How We Loved 40 Shades of Green, Bold Heather, Thick Fog, and lots of Rain.

France, friends, living like a local, Living Like Locals, long-stay travel, Rhome-Alps, Saou, Uncategorized, Villages

Our Lunch With New Friends, in France, and A View of The Alps

Our homeowners Vonny and Steve took the time to introduce us to their friends, Frances and Pete, before leaving for Australia. Now, Frances and Pete are our friends as well. That is how house and pet sitting works. We visited them for lunch the other day. Bev had made a wonderful soup and, of course,… Continue reading Our Lunch With New Friends, in France, and A View of The Alps

Adventure Travel, Animals, Asia/Indonesia, Chiang Mai, Elephant Nature Park, Elephants, living like a local, Thailand

Elephants Score 20+ on a scale of 1-10

Hello everyone. This is John and this is my take on our recent week-long experience at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It would not be an exaggeration to say that every person we know had their doubts about me attending this Elephant Sanctuary. To give it some perspective, this is an adult… Continue reading Elephants Score 20+ on a scale of 1-10

Asia/Indonesia, cooking classes, food diplomacy, hoi an, vietnam, living like a local, vietnam

Hoi An’s Big Ah HA — Vietnamese Cooking Class About More Than Food

In case you haven't noticed, food is a vital part of our travel itinerary. We spend a great deal of time shopping for it, buying it, preparing it, cooking it, tasting it, photographing and videoing it, commenting on it, sharing it with others, pairing it with beer, wine or any other beverage and generally enjoying… Continue reading Hoi An’s Big Ah HA — Vietnamese Cooking Class About More Than Food