A Winter Trip to Spain Day 6: why are some French people so miserable?

Some of my best friends are French. So you can probably guess what is coming next. As we are packing our car to finally leave lovely Biarritz this Monday morning, the hotel receptionist de-activates the keycard to our room. She knows we are not ready to go because we have not paid our final bill, but … Continue reading A Winter Trip to Spain Day 6: why are some French people so miserable?

A Winter Trip to Spain Day 5 Part II: Food and Mood in the Basque Country

We've finally made it to Spain, albeit only on a day-trip from Biarritz to the interior of the Basque country. We'll learn tomorrow if our limping Volvo's woes are terminal or only financially ruinous. Meanwhile, it's raining when we get to the town of Tolosa, and I'm reminded that the nice big National Trust umbrella … Continue reading A Winter Trip to Spain Day 5 Part II: Food and Mood in the Basque Country

A Winter Trip to Spain: Day 5 Part I: Missing Lucy

This is a father’s journal of travelling from the Isle of Islay in Scotland to Spain in February 2019 with my partner and our two little boys: Hugh, who will turn 6 during our trip, and James, who will be four just after we get back to Britain.  Idea is to track the experience of a family road trip, what we see along the way and reflect on some other … Continue reading A Winter Trip to Spain: Day 5 Part I: Missing Lucy