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.

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Tobago 5th February 2015 Tobago is just a 25minute flight across the 19 miles of sparkling turquoise water from Trinidad, bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the west and the Atlantic Ocean in the east. But in this sleepy land where time melts languidly by each day the choice of a dreamy ferry-ride bears more appeal to both mind and pocket for those with time to spare; asleep in the shade on deck under a knotted-hanky for the price of a few stops on the London Tube - or better still, free for the over 60’s. Trinidad and Tobago certainly offers choice. Tobago is the smaller of the two main islands of this fascinating Republic. At 26 X 7 miles it’s little more than an hour’s drive from south to ... read more
Doing the business
Parlatuvier Bay
The Red-billed Tropicbird

The Republic of Trinidad & Tobago Episode 1 Trinidad - 27th January 2015 'Strictly for the Birds' It was -8C a day-or-two before we left our home in the east England. Snowdrops poked their heads above frosty ground like sparkling snow and our garden birds sat huddled together amongst the branches, sheltering from a bitterly cold wind. But a nine-hour flight aboard a half-full A330 Monarch Airbus took us to another world. Crossing the tarmac at Tobago’s Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson Airport, we were engulfed in a blast of hot air as though hit by a barrage of hairdryers. I had never dreamt I would soon be complaining of being too hot. An hour or so later we were transported on the short flight to Port of Spain, Trinidad, for the first week of our visit. ... read more
Blue-chinned Sapphire
Asa Wright
The secretive Oilbird

Europe » France » Picardy » Somme November 11th 2014

11a.m 11th November 2014 A Journey in Memory of those who gave their lives so gallantly in WWI 1914-1918 There’s a poignant peace amongst the quiet towns of Flanders and The Somme as the sun goes down. As if remembering. Bright the light on furrows deep beyond the plough reveal a past of sacrifice, as lambs now graze this placid scene bequeathed to those who live today. We can but reflect. Across these fertile plains and tranquil water now rest the vivid scenes of war and slaughter, as tears we share with the circling buzzards’ plaintive cry. ... read more
Known Unto God
Ypres (Ieper)
The Menin Gate

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 March 2nd 2014

Motorhome News from Spain II Almeria - Spain 22nd January - 2nd March 2014 Escape to the Country Mid way through our winter stay in southern Spain we had sensed a touch of boredom in the offing. It’s rather unlike us to stay in one place for more than a few days. We had been in and around Almeria for several weeks, enjoying our regular hikes and absorbed in our endless hobbies on long sunny winter days. It struck us that we were in danger of becoming creatures of habit, so we took off to the north in our motorhome for a few days to explore new territory further up the coast road and inland into the mountains. Over the years we have walked many a long mile along the shore and high up ... read more
Almond blossom on mountain hikes
The beach at Carboneras
with fabulous views.

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!

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