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.

Sunday 26 May 2024

Indonesian Day fete so trying to look the part... and somehow won a prize for 'best dressed couple'! Terima kasih! smile

Thursday 2 May 2024

When a few neighbours decide to drop round for afternoon tea... wink

Friday 26 April 2024

Lunch at a local bike shop... as you do! wink Obvs I love the decor but food & drink here is also great, esp. desserts!

Tuesday 23 April 2024

Hang on, wasn't it 35C here last week? Now it's snowing at home! Just crazy weather... that will become the norm? sad

Sunday 14 April 2024

Middle of April in the French Pyrenees... 35C... toasty!!!!

Sunday 14 April 2024

Indonesian arisan... another amazing feast of Asian mains & French desserts. Best of both worlds - nom, nom, nom! tongue

Sunday 21 April 2024

Tourmalet is pretty bleak at best of times. No snow walls for year's 1st ascent so even more so sad #CanOnlyGetBetter

Saturday 13 April 2024

Today's ride: random cruise exploring new parts of the Pyrenean foothills. Great day to ride like a tourist smile

Friday 12 April 2024

Random view from the road today: somewhere between Toulouse & our home. Beautiful spring day smile

Friday 12 April 2024

Lunch at Le Comptoir des Colibris, Cologne (France!) Lovely ambience in this old town square on a sunny spring day.

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!