Casablanca | Morocco

When I was a kid I grew up with nannies, most of them were European, but our favourite one was a Moroccan lady called Nadia who had black hair as long as Rapunzel Nadia really became part of our family but we soon grew up and she moved on to start her own family. We…

Wild weather, stunning beaches and spicy food in Tulum

A smooth flight took us over the Florida keys and across the Gulf of Mexico landing us in sunny Cancun for a nine day little holiday – a bizarre concept for us long term travellers. We arrived in a very organised airport with toilets much cleaner and more modern than the squaller ones at Fort…

Friendly locals and the ups and downs of van life

There was a horrible noise coming from Daphne as we left Skagway and we had no idea what was causing it. The town ‘mechanic’ was just a man that worked out of his garage and charged us $25 for a five minute diagnosis. He said we should make it back to Whitehorse OK so we…

First day in Tokyo

Craig and I have explored lots of cities around the world but we’ve never lost each other…that was until we visited Tokyo. We went to the Asakusa area and wandered around the shrines, I told Craig I wanted to take a quick photo so did it in seconds, continued through a gate and stopped to…

Experiencing a traditional Japanese Inn, Takayama

We arrived at Takayama’s old town on a cold, dark night but had the warmest of welcomes from our hosts at their traditional inn. The old couple that owned the place were adorable, the man who I’ll call Bob guided us through his spotless house showing us everything we needed to know and being totally…

Finding our own hidden paradise in The Philippines

It takes a bit of effort to reach true paradise but we were certainly rewarded with a place that we will never forget. From Boracay we spent a whole day crossing Panay island and onto Negros island pitching up for the night and eating the local specialty of bbq chicken. When we asked the waitress…

Chinese markets selling dog meat

**WARNING GRAPHIC PHOTOS** The Guangxi region of China is well known for eating dogs and we witnessed the before and after in a meat market in Yangshuo.    The first room had colourful fruit and vegetables and a nice aroma to the air. The next room was big, filled with filthy tables covered in all…

Snow in the ancient town of Fenghuang

We were a bit reluctant about visiting Fenghuang due to its extortionate entrance fee of £15, but we’d regret not going so we went along. Vigilant guards (locals in red jackets) checked tickets at every entrance to the Old Town so there was no way around it. We popped into a couple hotels until we…

Two hooligans cycling around West Lake

It was time to leave Shanghai so we got back on Harmony the super fast train and headed south to Hangzhou, said to be one of the most famous sites in China.  When we got off the metro we had a complete change of scenery, we walked through an area of street stalls and everyone…

Exploring Shanghai

We started our day with a delicious coffee at our hostel with the zen garden and trickling pond in front of us and then headed onto the very easy to follow metro line to East Nanjing Road. It’s a huge pedestrianised road with a variety of shops and eateries. We followed it down to The…

Quaint villages and quirky cafés in France

After the festive markets we drove north to Vitre. The town looked like a movie set; wonky half timbered houses were leaning towards the narrow alley and slanting down the roads. Roofs were rickety and all various shapes and sizes. We followed some cobbled lane ways and arrived in front of a huge gothic chateau….