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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.

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Bev and John take a Break from the Joyful Rigors of Pet Sitting

Even International House & Pet Sitters need an occasional break. After all, there is stress and wear-and-tear to recover from after weeks of the rigors of walking dogs and feeding horses. During the eight months ending May 30, 2019, we visited 21 cities in 6 countries. In 2 of those countries and 8 cities we… Continue reading Bev and John take a Break from the Joyful Rigors of Pet Sitting

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Let the Pet Sitting Begin – Three Months in France, wonderful pets, country, homes, and homeowners

Spring color in the village park where it was easy to imagine it to be a backdrop for painters, picnickers and general frolicking . Following a 9 hour flight from Bangkok to Paris, and a 2 + hour train, we were greeted with a touch of spring in Valence, France. With one night at a… Continue reading Let the Pet Sitting Begin – Three Months in France, wonderful pets, country, homes, and homeowners

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

Alleys, France, long-stay travel, Travel, Villages

A Day in Crest, France

Of all of our travels, thus far, perhaps the most enjoyable includes walking the dog we are sitting for through one of the small, old villages in the area. It is like a step back in time. Modern conveniences surrounded by old -- old buildings, old services, old ways of doing things. So we were… Continue reading A Day in Crest, France

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

Airbnb Experiences, Asia/Indonesia, hoi an, vietnam, rice, rice fields, Tet, vietnam, Walking Tours

Hoi An Vietnam, Walking with Harry

As is our custom, day 1 in a new place usually means we arrange a walking tour. In many places, just Google "Free Walking Tour" and you'll find a marvelous adventure. Our first day in Hoi An, Vietnam we took a walking tour with Harry Vu, a local tourism pro, yoga instructor, and the most… Continue reading Hoi An Vietnam, Walking with Harry