David & Janice The grey-haired-nomads

Grey haired nomads

David & Janice The grey-haired-nomads

David and Janice embarked on a life of serious travel on retirement in 2004, setting off from their Norfolk, England, home on a three-year journey by motorhome across Europe and circumnavigating North America. Travel, it seems is now a major part of their lives, fulfilling their joint love of culture, dramatic scenery, wildlife, hiking, writing and photography. This is their story.

David and Janice The Grey-haired-nomads
....and Todd came too.

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ayrshire June 25th 2014

Motorhome News from Scotland 2014 Isle of Arran & Glasgow Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway June 2014 A sudden change of mind - twice! We are drawn northwards across the border once again, beyond that bold boundary of the Empire the Romans built, Hadrian's Wall, and on into the land of tartan kilts, great stone castles, Auld Lang Syne, fine Malt Whisky and Robbie Burns. It's a fact that more Scots have chosen to live their lives scattered across the far corners of the world than in this land of vast horizons, towering mountains, wild open heather moorland, industrial mayhem - and mid-summer midges, seeking a new life and opportunity. I guess that’s why we love it so; it offers us space and freedom from the crowds. It's an eight-hour drive from our East Anglian home, ... read more
The 'Brig o'Doon'
Robbie Burns Memorial
Isle of Arran Ferry

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Almería » Cabo de Gata February 4th 2014

Motorhome News from Spain I 19th December 2013 - 21st January 2014 Ruta de los Piratas - The Route of the Pirates Hola Sunshine! Christmas might be coming, but the very thought of another dark and cold British winter is making our feet itch. With dazzling blue skies and wall-to-wall sunshine almost guaranteed, we're beginning to think a couple of months in Spain might be a good idea. En route we'll pay a brief visit to Limoges in France to see daughter Sonia and grandson Frederick, now six and eleven twelfths, for Christmas. We've not done that before. Maybe we should take some mince pies and a Christmas pudding. We all know that Christmas is for kids and that's where the real fun begins, but we're all kids at heart and Janice and I both love ... read more
It's Fred and it's Christmas!
The Three Kings
Festival of Our Lady of Almeria

Europe » France » Lorraine » Verdun September 12th 2013

Motorhome News from Switzerland. Part II 12th September 2013 From Grimentz in Switzerland, On Her Majesty's Secret Service - to Verdun in France, in search of memories of those who gave their lives that we should find peace. Here we are again. Turning up like a bad penny just when you thought you'd heard the last of us. We want you to join us this time as we take to the Swiss mountains, so get your boots on and bring a hat and a pair of gloves, it might get cold. We're off for a gentle hike or two with a bit of added grey haired nomad excitement thrown in for good measure, and then we'll be making a dash for the lowlands to the north to escape the cloud and rain. ... read more
Val d'Aniviers
Above Zinal
Grimsel Pass

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Grimentz August 29th 2013

Motorhome News from Switzerland. Part I 29th August 2013 Dam, Dam, Dam! ........and we're jumping through hoops. As sunflowers droop their heads in sorrow at the passing of another summer and leaves of poplar turn to gold, and autumn sunshine lights fields of maize on rolling hills, the grey haired nomads dawdle the country lanes of France and Switzerland once more in search of memories and enlightenment. Memories of bright red geraniums in window boxes, snow-capped peaks and crystal air, rippling streams and bright green meadows teeming with wildflowers, brown cows and cream, cheese and chocolate, neatly stacked logs for winter comfort and alpine chalets with shingle roofs. That was ten years ago. That was Switzerland. Switzerland, a country much spared from the ravages of World War II. A country sworn to neutrality and still to ... read more
Val Ferret
Val de Bagnes, Mauvoisin

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy June 30th 2013

Motorhome News from North Wales 30th June 2013 A wet, warm and windy week in North Wales and the story of the dog that cried wolf! 'We'll keep a welcome in the hillside,' they sing, in praise of all things Welsh. Well worn stories of being ignored by village locals peering from under witches' hoods in far flung pubs and mumbling in some strange tongue in stubborn animosity to the English visitor are seemingly gone. They're more open in the hillsides now, prefering only to welcome us with roadsigns in what might otherwise be considered an unreadable language by any foreigner brave enough to set foot on soggy Welsh soil. It's not so many years since we ventured into Eastern Europe in our motorhome armed with our brand-new Satnav in fear of roadsigns in an indecipherable ... read more
Terraces Powis Castle
Beddgelert walk
Beddgelert walk

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Montauban April 10th 2013

Motorhome News from France 19th December 2013 Time Where do the days go? Time passes as we breathe and habits fall like autumn leaves as new challenges take their toll on the things we hold so dear. But time befriends us for a while as we take our leave of Olde England once more and head for the sun, lengthy shadows cast their wintry spell on glistening dew and a pale moon graces a pastel morning sky. Now there might be time enough for me to put pen to paper once more, to bring a tale or two of our 2013 travels since India in January. Let's start back in France in April 2013, before taking a motorhome journey back to Wales in July and Switzerland in September - blogs to follow! France. 10th April 2013 ... read more
Fred at the Zoo
Our friends Jan and Trevor
A festival of cheese!

Asia » India » Punjab » Amritsar March 21st 2013

India 9 - 'An Indian Swansong' Mumbai-Udaipur-Ranakpur-Jodhpur-Nagaur-Roopangarh-Jaipur-Ranthambore Keoladeo-Fatehpur Sikri-Chambal Agra-Delhi-Shimla-Dharamsala-Pong-Amritsar Pong and Amritsar 15th March 2013 'An Indian Swansong' We're going to Pong. I’m not at all surprised; we have been travelling for nearly five weeks now and it’s been quite warm every day. But never fear, the dhobi wallah has returned our laundry and we’re as fresh as a daisy once more. It’s the town of Pong we’re heading for today. It derives its living from local resources of fish in the huge reservoir and lumber on the hillsides, and its lakeshore hotel provides a convenient stopover on our taxi ride... read more
Pong Reservoir
The Reservoir - Pong
Border Ceremony

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Dharamsala March 18th 2013

India 8 - 'Into thin Air' Mumbai-Udaipur-Ranakpur-Jodhpur-Nagaur-Roopangarh-Jaipur-Ranthambore-Keoladeo-Fatehpur Sikri-Chambal Agra-Delhi-Shimla-Dharamsala-Pong-Amritsar Shimla and Dharamsala 11th March 2013 'Into thin Air' I guess we don't talk about class these days. It's not considered politically correct to think of others as second class citizens or upper class snobs, is it? As it happens there's only one class; 'Chair Class', on the Himalayan Queen, the five-hour train journey north from Delhi to Kalka where we transfer to the narrow-guage 'Toy Train' on its way up to Shimla. The fertile plains of the lowlands give way to shallow hills, rising to sharp-sided mountains where green hillsides turn to brown as the... read more
The 'Toy Train' to Shimla
Christ Church Shimla
Viceregal Lodge

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Agra March 14th 2013

'The Pearl of India' - India - 7 Mumbai-Udaipur-Ranakpur-Jodhpur-Nagaur-Roopangarh-Jaipur-Ranthambore-Keoladeo-Fatehpur Sikri-Chambal-Agra-Delhi-Shimla-Dharamsala-Pong-Amritsar Agra to Delhi 5th March 2013 'The Pearl of India' And so we came to Agra. For, as the Eiffel Tower is to France, Sydney Harbour Bridge is to Australia and the Statue of Liberty is to The United States of America, so the Taj Mahal is to India. It is impossible to miss. Impossible to miss on your first visit to India. Impossible to miss at any given opportunity, as my little brother Mike will tell you. This is his fifth visit. The city of Agra is much like any other; at least any other in the India we have observed on this journey. There is richness ind... read more
Sunrise Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal 3
Taj Mahal at Sunset

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Fatehpur Sikri March 10th 2013

Ancient Cities & Life in the Wild - India - 6 Mumbai-Udaipur-Ranakpur-Jodhpur-Nagaur-Roopangarh-Jaipur-Ranthambore-Keoladeo-Fatehpur Sikri-Chambal-Agra-Delhi-Shimla-Dharamsala-Pong-Amritsar 'Fatehpur Sikri to Chambal' 2nd March 2013 Fatehpur Sikri, our next port of call, is on the route to our final wildlife experience, at Chambal. Mike insisted it should not be missed. Fatehpur Sikri was a 16th century Mughal walled city of palaces and pools in Indo-Islamic style, of considerable magnificence, abandoned after only fifteen years, through lack of water historians believe. Whilst much of its riches were plundered, the pink-stone buildings and stunning open squares remain in remarkable condition as if built in recent times. It would seem impossible not to stand and stare, awestruck, beneath the cloud... read more
Jami Masjid Mosque
Chambal Safari Loge

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