A Glimpse of the Cote Chalonnais

Côte Chalonnaise Our brief visit to the Côte Chalonnais provided a tantalising glimpse of the wine wonders of the...

Getting to know Macon

  Mâcon We have been staying in the small city of Mâcon in southern Burgundy. Just down the road from our AirBnB,...

Arriving in Macon

  I had expected my first trip to Burgundy to be a leisurely meander along the Saone, sampling French cuisine and...

Along the Birmingham Canals

We walked along the Birmingham Canals where graffitti artists have made their mark in technicolor

Visiting Soubes

We drove to Soubes in Languedoc for our annual holiday in the south of France.

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DESTINATIONS

On A Serious Note

Despite growing public concern, carbon emissions continue to rise. My book on Sustainable Transitions in Energy reflects the need to go electric.

The Travel Bug

The Travel Bug

I have worked as an energy journalist all my life. The Covid-19 bug may have squelched my travel plans, but it helped make up my mind to go electric

Latest Trips

Grounded!

I've been wanting to get away for months. First Covid put a spanner in the works. Now I'm grounded by a chest problem that I've been struggling with. Time to make plans. My plan had been to be on the road by April, but that's now looking like a long shot. The best...

Rejigging the website

Just to let people know that I'll be rejigging the website over the next few days. My most recent update was on the trip I did to Macon in late January and early February, since then not much has been 'wheeling' but there has been plenty going on the food and wine...

Some Common Indian Food Words

This short list of Indian words used in cooking was compiled with the help of the Google Translate language App पालक paalak = spinach साग saag = greens पनीर paneer = a kind of cheese मुर्ग murga = chicken दाल daal = pulse बासमती चावल = baasamatee chaaval = basmati...

Indian Takeaway with Style

Indian Takeaway The food of India, not just Indian foodIndian Takeaway for Valentine's Day Down with a chest infection, I really couldn’t face the walk into Waitrose on a chilly Sunday afternoon in February. But it was Valentine's Day, and I also couldn't face a night...

Our Allotment

We have been doing our allotment for the last five years. Over time, we have moved on from the basic plantings of salad and potatoes that we started with, and have been trying all sorts of more exotic produce: tomatoes, beetroot, brassicas, carrots, chard, onions, and...

Moulin-a-Vent on the N7

After my brief visit to Beaune, I drove on to deliver the hire car that had replaced my broken down Skoda, which was still en panne in a garage somewhere outside Orleans. I have described its rather tragic last moments earlier in my blog, and gradually it was becoming...

A Glimpse of the Cote Chalonnais

Côte Chalonnaise Our brief visit to the Côte Chalonnais provided a tantalising glimpse of the wine wonders of the region, rather than the full experience. This was partly because it was January, and partly because it was a Sunday, not a good combination for...

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Getting to know Macon

  Mâcon We have been staying in the small city of Mâcon in southern Burgundy. Just down the road from our AirBnB, in Place de la Barre, is a statue of two workers carrying a huge basket of grapes. It was made by Pierre Alexandre Morlon. The sign under the statue...

MY E-BIKE BLOG

The listings below contains blog updates on my initiation into cycling and the stages of my e-bike journey.

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Moulin-a-Vent on the N7

After my brief visit to Beaune, I drove on to deliver the hire car that had replaced my broken down Skoda, which was still en panne in a garage somewhere outside Orleans. I have described its rather tragic last moments earlier in my blog, and gradually it was becoming...

Our Welsh Jaunt

Our Welsh Jaunt : August 5-8, 2021 I drank my first bottle of Welsh wine chez Richard, looking down from his terrace over the battered greenhouse and the jungle below his garden, behind that the railway that runs from Swansea out to the coast, and behind that the...

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Knock-On Effects

Most of the time, people ignore my efforts, especially family. I don't think this is an unusual situation, and it is one that I have become quite used to; nowadays I actually quite enjoy being an unseen and unsung force for the common good, whether it's doing the...

Packing Plans

6th: I have been trying to think through what one would need to make a journey of two months by bike. Obviously the amount of clothing would depend on the season; a change of underwear, a warm sleeping bag, pillow, some form of mat to lay on, and a tent or hammock...

Route planning

5th: I have been making plans for my first road trips. Claudio Magris’ Danubio and Defoe’s A Journey through the Whole Island of Great Britain have somehow caught my imagination. The trip along the Danube would be around 2,500 km (1,800 miles) and assuming that I...

Back in Blighty

3rd: Back to UK. For some reason, I arrive in the UK with the soundtrack from the Beatles song Back in the USSR ringing in my ears. The ferry journey has been unusually pleasant, with fewer than usual passengers, most of those on the boat being truck drivers from all...

Driving Back

We drive back via Rouen, stopping on the way at Monet’s garden at Giverny, and then reaching our gite at St Martin de S. at around 7 pm. It has been a long day’s driving, and the glass of Estabel red wine tastes particularly delicious as the sun goes down. The car is...

The Road Less Travelled

31st: Trip down to Gourgas with Luke. Luke is up for the round trip to St Etienne de Gourgas, but at Grandpa’s recommendation we decide to do the side-leg to Gourgas as well. We set off without too much fuss, and we negotiate the steep hill down to the D25 without...

Under the Stars

21st to 29th: We drove down to Montpellier to see Emily off at the airport on the 20th, and then collected Luke about two hours later. He had done the journey from Gatwick and seemed typically unphased. As usual, I buy a copy of La Recherche magazine at the airport....

If at first you don’t succeed

19th: The next day, Jenny has recovered and we set off to do the circuit from Soubes to St Etienne and then back along the other side of the river to Soubes. I admire Jenny for her perseverance, and although the initial leg to St Etienne is a struggle, we manage...

Keeping fit

18th: Now Jenny has decided to “get on the bike”. She has been cycling a few times in Canada and on holidays in the UK, but my impression is that these trips have been at a fairly gentle pace. We decide to take things step-by-step, so our initial effort is to cycle...

First outing

17th: Emily and I select our preferred cycle helmets from the three in the store room. She has chosen the metallic blue model, and I have selected a worn out matt gold helmet. Neither fits very well, but they will keep us safe in the unlikely event of an accident. We...

Grounded!

I've been wanting to get away for months. First Covid put a spanner in the works. Now I'm grounded by a chest problem that I've been struggling with. Time to make plans. My plan had been to be on the road by April, but that's now looking like a long shot. The best...

Rejigging the website

Just to let people know that I'll be rejigging the website over the next few days. My most recent update was on the trip I did to Macon in late January and early February, since then not much has been 'wheeling' but there has been plenty going on the food and wine...

Some Common Indian Food Words

This short list of Indian words used in cooking was compiled with the help of the Google Translate language App पालक paalak = spinach साग saag = greens पनीर paneer = a kind of cheese मुर्ग murga = chicken दाल daal = pulse बासमती चावल = baasamatee chaaval = basmati...

Indian Takeaway with Style

Indian Takeaway The food of India, not just Indian foodIndian Takeaway for Valentine's Day Down with a chest infection, I really couldn’t face the walk into Waitrose on a chilly Sunday afternoon in February. But it was Valentine's Day, and I also couldn't face a night...

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Our Allotment

We have been doing our allotment for the last five years. Over time, we have moved on from the basic plantings of salad and potatoes that we started with, and have been trying all sorts of more exotic produce: tomatoes, beetroot, brassicas, carrots, chard, onions, and...

Beaujolais Delivers

Exploring the villages of Beaujolais in January was a challenge but I struck lucky at the Caveau Chateau de Fleurie

Moulin-a-Vent on the N7

After my brief visit to Beaune, I drove on to deliver the hire car that had replaced my broken down Skoda, which was still en panne in a garage somewhere outside Orleans. I have described its rather tragic last moments earlier in my blog, and gradually it was becoming...

Beaune and the Musee de Vins

My visit to the Musee de Vin at Beaune was a vivid reminder of how important wine has been in the history of the Bourgogne region.

A Glimpse of the Cote Chalonnais

Côte Chalonnaise Our brief visit to the Côte Chalonnais provided a tantalising glimpse of the wine wonders of the region, rather than the full experience. This was partly because it was January, and partly because it was a Sunday, not a good combination for...

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