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It’s time to start planning again. Watched a Rick Stein show on Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Northern Greece. It looks good. Great people, food looks spectacular; it smells like an adventure in the making. And it’s heading in the right direction. I feel a plan coming on, a cunning plan indeed. In the interim, there’s been a couple of adventures to keep the soul fed back home; the Land Rover Discovery (the… Read More

Iceland prides itself on key tourist attractions that bring over a million visitors to the island every summer.  Sure there are the glaciers, the amazing sceanery etc etc, but they also sell the hell out of some other must-see assets; namely the whales, the puffins, the reindeer…  and I’ve eaten them all.  Let’s review some of these non-PC eats: Puffin – usually caught in a net (bit like a lacrosse game) and… Read More

We leave you with great sadness Sicily. We loved your rustic Italian style, your food; mamma mia – the seafood (when Jeasus did that cool shit with the fish, I’m sure they must have been Anchovies), the fresh produce, the simplicity in your cooking – molto bene!  Your people are welcoming, your towns are beautiful, your history is deep, the markets are inspiring – going back? “Totes Bro”! Back at London Heathrow… Read More

Sicily, home to some 5m Italians.  Relaxed mix of Mediterranean Greek / Aribic feel and amazing seafood; you are a welcome respite from the rainy days of Iceland!  It’s a cultural lunch to be back in Italy.  Crap trip here, thanks Alitalia for the unscheduled stay in a shitty hotel in Rome.  “You will be our guests for the night” was not what we needed to hear from the transit desk after… Read More

After 3 weeks in Iceland and nearly 7000km of driving, we’ve left Gabby at the airport in Keflavik (hope she’ll be ok!) and we are flying to Sicily for 10 days of downtime with the kids before they go back to New Zealand.  It’s been a full-on trip with non stop moving and I think everyone is a bit buggered…  Here are my thoughts on Iceland: Iceland is spectacular – put it… Read More

Vatnajökull; the largest ice field in Europe covering an area of 8,400 square km with an average ice thickness of more than 3,000 feet.  If it melted, half the world would have pretty wet feet (according to some dude I met).  Anyway, it’s big, really big.  Pretty awesome to drive 200 kms around the south coast and see non stop glaciers spilling off the ice cap.  I figure these United States Navy… Read More

If I was ever going to make a movie about aliens, hobbits or any elfin like creature, the south central highlands of Iceland would be my set.  It’s totally stunning.  Volcanic, steaming, raw, lava fields.  And contrast in the landscape like I’ve never seen before.  It’s a cinematographer’s dream come true.  Peter Jackson picked the wrong country me thinks.  We spent a couple of days in a hut at Landmannalaugar (try and… Read More

4 days in London, a trip to Maidenhead to inspect and sign over the Land Rover (Gabriella!), shopping forced upon us by the kids (relief medication applied in local pubs), a couple of nice runs around the city – but now it’s time to leave.  London has been experiencing a “heatwave” and we all know that just makes the place smell, especially the tubes…  Perhaps I’m getting old but I think London… Read More