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.


Just as we finished dinner this concert was starting in the square. Lovely ambience on this lakeside summer's eve.


Dinner at Pane e Vino, Orta. Absolutely loved our platter of meat+cheese & breads. Sublime flavours. Great beer too!


Today's ride: Lakes Orta & Maggiore. Ridiculously beautiful! Many cyclists out & even traffic is well behaved smile


Evening walk in Orta San Giulio. What a beautiful little place!


... and so we find ourselves on the shores of Lake Orta. Quite pretty with some hills around. Weather seems OK. Phew!


Out of luck with weather so au revoir Haute-Savoie! Crossing Col des Aravis. Hope Pratiwi is praying for some sun! wink


Swiss motorway toll is 40CHF so bit miffed sat in traffic. But at least didn't pay half a million plus to do so! wink


Erm, wasn't I just here? wink Sightseeing with olds on Col de la Colombiere. Kiddy seat bonus: I get a beer. Cheers! grin


No 'any driver' insurance on rental or surely I'd be behind the wheel? Still - kiddy seats in back aren't all bad wink


Col de la Colombiere loop. Criterium du Dauphine here a few days ago so road silky smooth. Beautiful climb & descent!

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

Summer 2022

Work in progress...

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