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.

20:03

Dinner in Maison Bonnet, Itxassou. Really great flavours & beautifully presented. Nom, nom, nom! tongue

14:18

Too much fun rolling round countryside like this to stop for pics, but got to last descent of day & thought I should!

14:56

Views from roads around Col Inharpu. Luckily was pretty much deserted - sheep aside wink - as not much space to pass!

12:58

Auberge d'Ahusquy. Spectacular views. Unbelievable food. Enough said.

11:49

Midday stroll up a random hill. What a view! I can see the pub, erm, auberge from here too! Next stop lunch then! smile

12:29

Finally up close with wild boar! Luckily seem uninterested in an Indo snack wink *May not actually be wild or boars wink

11:39

Local horse family came over to say hi as we parked up at this random spot. Not much traffic around as you can guess!

15:53

Late lunch of fish & chi... oh wait, my wife is Asian, fish with spicy rice & potatoes wink Nice rose too. Cheers! smile

13:27

Today's ride: Unbelievably took top 10 Strava spot up a HC climb! Beautiful day for it too. Smiling all the way! smile

20:07

Dinner with the sis again! At one of our local faves. Great food on the terrace. Never disappoints. Nom, nom, nom! tongue


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

France, Italy, Switzerland & Germany - Summer '22

A fantastic trip across France to the Alps & back. After the last couple of seasons of rather restrictive movements was really good to stretch the legs and have some planned, and some more random adventures.

Starting off in the Haut-Savoie for a slightly delayed meeting with the olds & a bit of luxury - being given run of a room in a lovely alpine chalet they had arranged. The plan was to be in this region for another week to hit up some of the legendary cycling routes but sadly weather didn't agree - and that would be a slight theme of at least part of the trip.

So instead of taking on the likes of the Telegraphe, Galibier & Croix de Fer change of plan as we headed down to the Italian lakes in search of sunshine. A consolation week by lates Orta & Maggiore... such a beautiful area, and plenty of sublime roads, so yeah, that'll do!

Back into clouds & the mountains as we next took our chances in Switzerland, getting super lucky with a day of sun and the most amazing hike to Trift Bridge - highly recommended. A little cycling here too, but sadly cut short by, what do you know - a huge storm. Doh!

Looped back into France via the Black Forest as for us, no trip over here is complete without some German beer & schnitzel - yum! Couple more stops, including an evening of merriment with more family and... home!

After the last couple of trying years, can't help but think how amazingly lucky it is to do what used to feel 'normal'. More of the same in the years to come, please!

Lisbon city break - March '22

Originally planned in March 2020 (do you see the issue!) a long postponed trip finally arrives!

Plenty of walking to balance the mountains of delicious food we ate... and a few cultural venues too.

It was pretty grey and sometimes wet out but nothing us mountain folk can't handle wink

Lots left to see and do for the next time. Hopefully not another 20 years! Last time here was December 2002 for new years!

Lot, Tarn & around - June 2020

With 2020 being bit of a trying year decided to take things easy and have just a quick trip in June. Few nights away not far from home but even though, there was plenty to see and explore. Very warm period but we survived intact!

France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland - Autumn '19

Work in progress...

Paris long weekend - June '19

When you are asked to meet up in Paris with family flying in from Australia. Oh, OK then wink Not our favourite city but to be honest it grew on me a little this trip. No 'work' and mainly random tourist activities probably helped. As did warm summer days I guess. Although I'm sure plenty would say it was too warm in Paris at this time (it was quite toasty in parts!) - those people should live in Australia before making such complaints though wink