Welcome to Rob's World, the (cheesily titled) homepage of Robin Rainton.

Given I'm mainly too lazy/busy (take your pick) to write a full 'blog very often there's now a Microblog which you'll also find on Facebook and Twitter, and maybe a few other places too.

Microblog... everyday ramblings interspersed with posts from trips and other activities.

Tuesday 18 June 2024

Bit overdressed for the beach? Nice dusk stroll along the front at Diano Marina (Italian Riviera) all the same smile

Tuesday 18 June 2024

Italian supermarket parking... ciao bella! grin

Tuesday 18 June 2024

Sanger & chips picnic lunch. Does it get any more pommie? wink Overlooking Cap Ferrat? OK, so slightly more exotic! tongue

Tuesday 18 June 2024

Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Col de Vence - no pics as no view from top sad - & the spectacular Gorges du Loup. Awesome ride!

Monday 17 June 2024

Tootle in hills of the French Riviera. Some seriously steep pinches here... 29% max! Few nice views, but a bit busy.

Sunday 16 June 2024

Travelling in France we like to try local delicacies. Like this, erm, Asian restaurant? wink Very nice curry though tongue

Sunday 16 June 2024

Stroll in village of Seillans. Fountains & immaculately presented eateries a theme, but sadly bit early for lunch sad

Saturday 15 June 2024

Nice little square in the village of Collobrieres & Lac de Carces from today's somewhat longer ride.

Friday 14 June 2024

Pretty cool bike path near Sommieres... and a quick look at the village itself on today's short loop.

Thursday 13 June 2024

Made it over this bridge in a 2.12m wide vehicle today. Sometimes French inaccuracy can be a good thing! wink

The below are collections of posts/images organised by trip or subject or other events. Click on the title or image to view each.

24 hours in San Sebastian - Jan '23

Early birthday celebration in the city of gastronomic delights!

England - Nov/Dec '23

Impromptu trip to England for handful of nights. Mainly to visit family with the bonus of catching up with and a few friends along the way. Very wintry feeling (and the usual pre-xmas silliness) but with stops at a couple of cosy country venues and plenty of our favourite food we made it through wink

Bali - Oct/Nov '23

Ostensibly this trip was an opportunity to catch up with Pratiwi's family, most of whom we hadn't seen since Thailand & Indonesia, Mar '15. Bali was the chosen spot for this reunion, and while I wasn't really looking forward to the long trip from Europe (much further than from Australia) can't really complain about having to spend 2+ weeks in paradise.

As you can imagine, much merriment ensued. But while westerners might think this means plenty of boozy nights, in fact the Asian equivalent appears to involve feasting on all manner of food. For us, foods that are very hard to come by in France so all the better.

Sure, there were trips to the beach, mountains, temples and even couple of snorkeling excursions but always we came home to a feast of some kind. Gotta say, I got behind this wholeheartedly and had a blast.

Short break - Autumn '23

Little trip to the Atlantic coast and back through French & Spanish Basque country.

France & Switzerland - Summer '23

Unfinished business in the Alps!

Last year we had planned to spend plenty of time in Switzerland but bad weather put a stop to that. Time to try again...

And success! In fact, things worked out so well we didn't even have time to take what has become a usual loop home through Germany - that will have to wait for next time.

Things went well with another easy jaunt across France. A chance to explore part of the Jura mountains on the French/Swiss border - well, they are mountains so loved this region of course!

Then on to Switzerland for walks, hikes and some truly epic bike riding.

As it turned out there was also time to meet friends in Annecy for a couple of group rides in the region, including another all day epic with giant charcuterie lunch. Good times all round!