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.

Wednesday 10 July 2024

Spotted in Barbazan-Dessus... flagon of wine on the rack, bottle in the back pocket. Did well to make it this far! wink

Monday 8 July 2024

Col d'Aspin today. As usual (in summer) overrun by cattle. There are worse places to have on your doorstep!

Wednesday 3 July 2024

4 hours later...! Yes, takes a while to get the garden half presentable after 3 weeks away & still much more to do!

Monday 1 July 2024

Random view from the road today. Looking west(ish) from somewhere near A75/D29 junction.

Monday 1 July 2024

Heading home today, but when in Toulouse... grin Last holiday lunch at one of our fave curry houses. Nom! tongue

Monday 1 July 2024

If it fits, we... erm... stays here? Not the ideal campsite entrance but she'll be right! wink

Sunday 30 June 2024

TdF Grand Depart is in Italy this year so... topical post ride refreshments while watching today's stage. Cheers! grin

Sunday 30 June 2024

Sunday 2 gorges ride... but I've a feeling we're not in Sydney anymore! wink Lot valley to Gorge du Tarn & back.

Saturday 29 June 2024

Today was mostly spent: driving in the rain. If you're stuck indoors, might as well wake up somewhere new tomorrow smile

Saturday 29 June 2024

Lunch stop on the pretty main street of Morestel. Random cafe we chose had interesting mains & amazing desserts. Nom!

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!