Ian McLennan


Ian McLennan

On the way to South America

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome May 13th 2015

Packing at last... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Acton August 19th 2013

Gday all Been verrry busy. No blogs till now - and we are almost on our way home. London has been OK - but just a bit busy for us and our frame of mind. Havent stopped still tho and plenty to share on our return. Our 8 days in London was interspersed with 7 in Pulbourough in the 'Southern Downs'. In our 6 walking days there we dished out around 140 kms in a sterling effort. Through small and large villages, tracks, creeks, cliff tops(white!) and some very unusual 'footpaths'. It was however thoroughly enjoyable but tiring. Most days we managed to sleep on the bus on the way back to the 'house'. On our day off we went to Brighton on the beach (such as it is) and that is a very funky town. ... read more

Europe » France » Limousin » Brive-la-Gaillarde August 4th 2013

So its Saturday night 3rdAugust. Catch up time again as we have been too busy (and the wifi has turned ferral again). So, Thursday 1st Another walk day. This one a 12 km around La Roque Gageac. LRG is another old town but built into the cliff and right on the river. The walk takes us through the town, up over the cliff and into the farmland and forest behind. This is a beautiful walk on lovely shaded tracks. Plenty of farms of various types, with the most interesting being a Fois Gras farm with hundreds of geese. I imagine they would be fat but they actually look quite fit. We startled 2 deer in the forest as they crossed at speed 5 metres in front of us. Beautiful animals. We think we saw a marmat ... read more

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Souillac July 31st 2013

Gday all Catchup time again. At last we have a good connection (depends how many are back from dinner!) so I can catch up again. So we left Nimes and headed north west for 200+ kms. Mainly good roads but as we neared our destination in the Tarn Gorges region, the roads became very narrow. Some very tricky passing manouvres. Hotel in Myreius was OK but I slipped up as therte was no aircon. We were able to leave our shuttered door open to help the ventilaion at night. After checking in, we had one abortive attempt at a local walk but the instructions were in Fronglais and we gave up after 90 mins of climbing and back tracked. Just as well we did in fact as for the next 3 hours there was one almight ... read more

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Arles July 27th 2013

Tuesday July 23 to Saturday July 17 OK so catch up time again. We have been relatively slack over the past few days since our crunch day in Cinque Terre. Tuesday was washing day in the morning – and meant getting some use out of our balcony and our swimming pool and the beaches (such as they are), but somehow, we still do a fair bit of walking. Wednesday was much the same. BTW, our passports caught up with us on Tuesday so we can sleep a bit easier ….. Lunch and afternoon tea and supper was spent on our balcony. Shaded and breezy to relieve the hot. All up, Sestri was brilliant. So Thursday was another big train day. What a mix up! Our first leg was a cock-up. We actually had first class tickets ... read more

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Cinque Terre » Vernazza July 22nd 2013

So, this morning we head off to Cinque Terre but with poor access to the internet, we are not as set up as we want to be. No matter. The info centre doesnt open till 10 so we are off to the stazione at 9.30, and throw ourselves on the mercy of the ticket man at the station. In broken english he couldn't have been more helpful. Armed with a day ticket in the national park and return tickets to get there, we head off - although we didnt know where to start. We neglected to validate our national park tickets so had to get off the train - and of course, couldnt get back on again. While we waited for the next, we bumped into 2 Brissy guys who had been there for 2 days. ... read more

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Sestri Levante July 21st 2013

Day 12 Saturday 20 July Caught the early bus to Bolzano and arrived at 10.30. Good trip and the hotel, a bit of an olde world 5star hotel is great and we are upgraded. Sweet! We wait in the attached rear garden while our room is madeup. Great garden as well. We set up in our room at 11 and head off around town. Market day and it is very busy. We do the roll and cheese and ham thing for lunch and it works great. Bolzano or Bozen in the local Ladin language is the capital of the South Tyrol district and is as Austrian as any Austrian town. Very attractive. After checking out the market, the town, the cathedral and a river walk, we headed back to the hotel for a rest . Chris ... read more

Europe » Italy » Trentino Alto Adige » Val Gardena July 19th 2013

Day 11 Friday July 19. Last walking day before we check out tomorrow. The week has gone very quickly! Again we join the easy group for a walk along the valley immediately behind the hotel – so no transport or gondola rides. The valley is really like a box canyon, and the walk comprised 15kms and around 500 metres ascent and descent. For the first time we are walking in forest and it is totally different but enjoyable nonetheless. As with other days we are among cattle as most of this is working farming /grazing land. All of the cattle have cow bells so its quite weird hearing them all as they chew away. The initial track in also included the 14 Stations of the Cross – carved skilfully out of tree trunks. There was some ... read more

Europe » Italy » Trentino Alto Adige » Corvara July 18th 2013

Day 10 Thursday July 18. With adequate improvement in Chris’ knee, we decided to join the ‘easier’ walking group again today. Today we head off by chartered bus over into the next valley. We walked to the gondola which again took us to a high plane. Today’s walk sees us head off to a distant ‘Hutte’ along a fairly rambling and undulating track – but not too many difficult ups or downs before lunch. That all sounds too easy so Hughie decided to step in and throw rain at us for the first time on a walk. Chance to test all of our wet weather gear. The surrounding thunderstorms were a little worrying as we were very exposed but they were safely distant. Lots of different wild flowers here – including a couple of Lily varieties ... read more

Europe » Italy » Trentino Alto Adige » Ortisei July 17th 2013

Day 9 Wednesday July 17. So after our relax and rehab yesterday, off to the physio we headed. It turns out he was very good and spoke passable English. He soon got Chris’confidence and was able to ascertain that there was no structural damage. After 45 mins of diagnosis massage and therapy he pushed Chris onto a bike for 10 mins to enable her to get some faith in the knee and reduce some of the fluid build-up. He recommended morning and night gym bike (our lodge has one) and a gentle walk tomorrow (today), but on good surface. So there is a sealed rail trail that joins all of the towns in this valley so we headed off towards Ortisei – the largest of the towns. We had the fall back of being able to ... read more

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