The promise of vineyards and wines drew us away again from the coastline to the fabulous Napa Valley. The seemingly neverending swathes of autumn-toned vines, mist-shrouded hilltops and grand winery buildings were a real treat and contrast after the natural beauties of the coast and Yosemite. The $25+ tasting “menus” the wineries offer to sample their wines (“generously” removed if you buy 2 or more bottles!) and the absence of any form of dining options were definitely not a treat… […]
Goodnight Seattle! Not exactly sleepless in Seattle- we barely stopped for breath during our three hectic days in hilly, autumn tinged Seattle. From our base in Pioneer Square, across Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island and through streets of fascinating architecture we crammed in as much as possible during our first stop this on this west coast tour of America.
Some of the best things about travel aren’t the things you plan. The meticulous research, the detailed lists, the bag full of travel guides and all the best intentions in the world fall way short of good old-fashioned dumb luck. You turn left when it should have been right, misread a map, detour around a closed road, miss a turn off… and there you are, slap bang in the middle of something infinitely more wonderful than whatever it was you […]
It is a real luxury on a cycling holiday to decide to have a day off when you are actually feeling good and don’t need it. Usually it is because you are pretty much worn out and have to spend 24 hours recovering before you can attempt the next stage. Bacharach is a good spot to spend an extra day when you don’t need to rest… in fact the climb into the hills to enjoy the view along the gorge […]
Here it is, then. Our homeward bound leg! From Robe to the Coonawarra for Jan and Ali to sample a few more delights, across to Mt. Gambier in vain hope of a blue Blue Lake (the photo lies… I boosted the saturation!) along to Port Fairy and then the drive eastwards as the day ended and we rolled towards darkness and home. Home. Safely home, most importantly. Yes, our last day on the road; one for reflection. By the end […]
How things have changed from our Outback trek! Gone are the arid scenes and red soils; in their place the fertile vine-filled valleys from Clare to the Limestone Coast. Water also gets a starring roll now. Greener-than-green fields, the wide Murray at Mannum, Lakes Alexandrina and Albert, the wind-swept Coorong and wild beaches spitting spray and foam at the retreating wind. All wonderful! Sunday saw Ali and me sampling some tempting reds across the Clare and Barossa Valleys. Jan’s noble […]
With storm clouds gathering we set out to explore a little of the amazing Margaret River region. Beautiful countryside and scenery, a vineyard, brewery or winery every 200 metres or so and even an amazing coastline. Wow, has this area got it all! Here is a little cellar-door tasting of what M.R. has to share, from spectacular Canal Rocks to quirky Cowaramup and all stops in between!