SOOO close!

New Goal: 20,000 steps in one day.

Only trouble is, my tootsies are doing a wee bit of grumbling about it…lol!

Aiming for 20,000 steps

Oh so close to cracking 20,000 steps!


What a view!

This is what we see out our window in Jacquie’s mum’s place in Pinerolo, Italy.


Rooftops, Pinerolo, Italy

Rooftops, Pinerolo, Italy

Rooftops, Pinerolo, Italy

Rooftops, Pinerolo, Italy

Rooftops, Pinerolo, Italy

Rooftops, Pinerolo, Italy


Walking into a painting

After dark yesterday, in Arles, France, we stumbled around looking for a late-opening place to eat dinner. Our travel day had gone more slowly than planned, and we were only just getting to dinner at about 10:30 pm.

The first place we tried (that looked like it could handle our odd collection of food issues), was already shutting down for the night. The lady there mumbled something about down that “street” and then the next turn …something like that…

So, we wandered off, hungry (down a “road” fit for a bicycle and nothing more yet used frequently by speeding cars that barely fit between the curbs), wondering what we would do if we couldn’t find anything open.

To our surprise, we rounded a corner and suddenly found ourselves in a bustling square surrounded by restaurants and cafes! Relieved, we scanned a few menus, rounded another corner to look at a few more, and then I looked up.


Suddenly I was standing in the middle of the very print that had hung on my bedroom wall for years! I just stopped and stared.

“Surreal” is the word that comes to mind.

Finding myself in the middle of a Speed Racer episode, back when I was four or five and it was my very most favourite cartoon, might have topped that moment, but even that’s not a certainty.

It was THAT cool.

Do you recognize this scene? Can you name the painter? Do you know the painting I’m referring to?

A scene in a popular square in Arles, France

Standing inside a painting

Oh, and I had herbed lamb with mushroom rice and sautéed veggies, while Jeff had a still-mooing steak with French fries and different veggies. It was good, the wine was great, and it only cost 54€!

All’s well that ends well.

(Credit for this post goes to Jeff, who said I should definitely put a challenge out to you all to see who can get it.)


A million words behind in Majorca!

Es Trenc Beach, Majorca, Spain

Es Trenc Beach, Majorca, Spain

Well, we’ve been so busy running around and seeing things and getting sunburnt and discovering yummy food and all kinds of other stuff, I’ve not really kept up with this blog!

We’re in Mallorca, aka Majorca, right now, off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s amazing!

AirBnB is working out well for us thus far. So is Orange, the service that I’m using for my cell connection. 20 Euros gets me 2 GB. Pretty good, eh?

Here’s a picture of the beach we went to today. Tomorrow: the big cathedral in Palma de Majorca that was first started in the 1200s!


Dogs in Barcelona

At the arrivals gate in Barcelona, waiting and waiting...

At the arrivals gate in Barcelona, waiting and waiting…

How cool is this?

Dogs are allowed in to the Barcelona terminal to greet arrivals. Seen a couple of jubilant reunions! Makes me feel joyful to see such celebrations…

(Should have snapped the big one I saw, but I was enjoying the moment too much. This dog is still awaiting his person’s arrival…and waiting…and waiting…)