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Las Vegas – it’s 24/7 Heaven!!!

The morning drive into Las Vegas was predictable, running 160 miles across desert plains, on long straight roads and in searing heat. As we rolled into Vegas the temperature hit 112f (45c in real money) and grand buildings rose out of the desert like an oasis. We had no idea which road we were to take to […]

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Los Angeles and all it has to offer!?!

We arrived in Santa Barbara in the damp misty fog, Sven played golf in the damp misty fog, whilst Martha & I got cold and wet in the golf carts driving the boys around, we left Santa Barbara in the damp misty fog! We had hoped for some clearance in the weather as we drove […]

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The Pacific Coast

At the start of this week we visited Santa Cruz to see the seals sleeping and fighting on the wharf and to marvel at the giant Coastal Redwoods in Big Basin that have since been badly affected by fires which swept across an area of 15,000 square miles. We motored down from Silicon Valley to the Monterey Peninsula. Arriving […]

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California here we come!!

This backpacking marlarky is easy!! After an upgrade to BA First Class (many thanks to BA overbooking & Caroline, our personal T5 manager) we thoroughly enjoyed our flight to San Francisco, landed safely and smoothly in the heart of the city and WE LOVE SAN FRANCISCO!!! Our arrival was very smooth, despite Sven trying very hard […]

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Our New Home

Four months in Soto have passed in a whirl, helped with very generous doses of friends and family visiting us. We managed to learn some Spanish, meet up with friends, play some golf, do some riding, and experience some of the delights of Andalucia: Jerez, Ronda, Granada, Jaen, Cordoba, Seville, Tarifa, Marbella (mainly for shopping!) and even sailed over […]

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Honey, I’ve left the kids

Our plan was to leave the house all loaded up with dogs and baggage at 0700. Amazingly we made it and after checking and re-checking that we had everything we posted the house keys back through the letterbox and departed on time. However 10 minutes into our epic journey we realised that we had left […]

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