Friday, July 8

The end is Nigh!


Had a lovely evening siting on the veranda, eating, drinking and playing cards just as the night before and night before. We are now sufficiently wound down and almost set for normal life.
On the last day we thought it best to do nothing………

Other than tend to the ‘ Masion Flay’ French estate and reward ourselves with a spot of pool volleyball.


We will be back on home soil tomorrow having had the time of our lives.
Will be stopping at Le Mans (hopefully for a lap or two) on route to the ferry so an early start.

Luckily there’s the small matter of the home GP to look forward to, almost as if it was planned!!



p.s.
The Bride & her Bridemaid were no match for the boys 

Thursday, July 7

Honeymoon day 46 (Cormac, Limousin, France)


Arrived in Cormac later than planned after staying most the day in Tignes. It was around 11pm and Kate & Francis had been waiting with a chilled bottle of Champagne.
It was a lovely moment to arrive at a house knowing we had the run of it for a few days made even better when we realised they had a pool.

In our short time here we have done little else but sit on the veranda eating and drinking various delights from the local shops. Its been perfect.......
We learnt a new card game in Austria and played it everywhere since so promptly taught K&F and have been playing for hours. With varying attitudes toward the competitiveness.............
Francis parents own an old mini and so have been bombing around Cormac in it.
They let me have the keys, it's great fun so swapped it for the Porsche!!!!! 
Meet up with the neighbors and went over for a small Soirée last night and socialised with the local community.

Got up nice and late this morning and went for a mooch about and find more French delights to indulge in.
And went looking for a bit of added sun
This evenings wine is opened and so another evening of food, drink & hands of wetton awaits. (Kate & Chris miles ahead of Sarah & Francis, might have to extend our time a week give them a chance)





More wedding photos

Whilst in Tigne we managed to get wedding photos from JoJo & Alex and from Neil so currently posting them to 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/58792688@N06/sets/
as the flavors.me link is still not updating, (will try and fix today)


Here is one of our favourites (sorry Mum) x

Honeymoon Day 43 (Tignes)

Last day in Sardinia was one of those days; 


First we rented a boat and headed down the coast and find our own beach, it was quite choppy and the ride a little uncomfortable. We found a secluded beach and an anchored the boat.
There was a lot of rocks so we parked quite far from the beach and decided the swim to shore was too much like hard work and tried to sunbath on the boat. 
Spent an hour being bashed around by the waves and thoroughly unrelaxed decided we should set sail for the hour long trip back. Unfortunately we had thrown our anchor into a load of rocks and we were stuck. 
Having told the boat owner how experienced we are with boats, going back without the anchor was too embarrassing so we struggled for 30mins and finally got free, anchor still attached.
Then we packed up to leave Sardinia and stopped to get the car cleaned, the Esso garage snapped the rear wind screen wiper clean off and denied responsibility, after an argument they didn't even finish cleaning the car or offer our 8 Euro back. 
Needing cheering up we stopped on route the the Ferry port at Porto Cervo and had supper overlooking the billionaires on their yachts, one of them had a helicopter on board and so we chose it as the one we want.
Whilst parked someone opened a door into the front wing of our car, dented it and did a runner!!! The day was not going well.


Got on the ferry and looking forward to getting in our cabin to sleep the journey away. 40 mins from port the boat turned around and headed back to port as a pregnant lady went into labour. 
By this time we were numb to problems and took it in our stride. The rule of threes hopefully meant that was it and we got to sleep.


We where heading to Tignes and couldn't wait to arrive but it wasn't going to be that simple. Got through Italy no problem and into the mountains.
With only a hour of mountain drive to go we headed up the suggested sat nav route and thought, this is odd, not much of a road!!!! It got worse and having been driving for at least a mile with the wheels spinning over the dirt track and steep incline we realised this was not a road and we were essentially off roading in a classic Porsche! but couldn't turn around with cliffs on one side. 
Finally we got turned around and edged the car down at about 1mph, never off the brakes. 


Finding a new route we set back up the mountain to cross into the valley of Val Disere about 1hr at the top of a new mountain the second route was blocked off....... we sat there 10 minutes knowing the only thing was an hour back down the mountain and still with no route.
Deja vu from the stag trip!!!!


Eventually we found a road and called ahead to warn our waiting friends to order lunch without us. The route we found in the end was amazing (if a bit scary in moments) and parts of it was the ski runs we do in the winter, driving down a black run is not as much fun a skiing it!!!!
We had turned a 3 hr drive in to a 6 hr one but the eventual route was well worth it.

Arriving in Tignes we pulled up outside our friends restaurant and sat on the terrace was Neil (my brother) and some of his friends. Totally unbeknown to either of us he had gone there on a last minute whim for a spot of mountain biking and Neil only found out we were turning up when JoJo told him and they kept it as a surprise for our arrival and a celebratory glass of Champagne.
This was a lovely surprise and we all ate a great mountain dinner that night of fondue and raclette with meats. Having Neil out there meant a chance to do some downhill riding with ski lifts to do the uphill. 

Our time in Tignes came to an end and after a mornings riding and walking we set off down the mountain (the main 'normal' way this time) and on a 6hr drive across France to the Limousin region and to stay with Kate & Francis (sleeping in our first house of the trip) 

Time to relax and take it easy for a few days wind down.

 

Saturday, July 2

Honeymoon day 42 (Sardinia)

We were looking for a few lazy days. The guide books say being a beach bum is the best thing in Sardinia and we have certainly been living it. 
The intentions were full of activities but just like in Croatia something has got in the way. This time it was the wind. Any chances of us sailing where literally blown out of the window, same for diving.
So the only thing to do was go with the weather and learn to kite surf! Not hit the water yet as learning to control the kite but tomorrow morning is wave time (if no wind then it's diving, either way the wetsuits come off the useless kit list, wooohoooo) 
The other thing the guide books say is to drive the coastal roads of Sardinia. This we did and found loads of hidden gems to while away the wind swept days.
Funniest Sardinian moment was Sarah's face as she came running out of the toilet in a state of half undress with a silent scream expression having realised she was sharing her cubical with a frog on the wall!!!!! Never a camera when most needed.
Catching an overnight ferry tomorrow night to Genoa and then driving back into the alps to Tignes to see Alex & Jojo.

Thursday, June 30

Honeymoon Day 40 (Sardinia)

We said we would have a lazy day once arriving in Sardinia, Sarah assured this upon waking her Husband! at 4am to inform me that she hadn't got to sleep yet!
So we set about a lazy day and have little to report after having arrived late last night. We did get lucky to get into the campsite at 10pm and get a pizza before bed (the people here are lovely and had waited for us following a phone call to say we would be late) 


Despite a lazy day of great interest was that 'one' of the tool kits came off the useless items list...... thankfully not for the car, but a small power issue (all fixed).
Also the corkscrew got officially ranked as the hardest item to find all trip, but interestingly enough is right at the top of the most useful items list (only for it's normal purpose) second only to the previously empty credit card!
The most exciting moment of the day came when sarah set fire to a bin! Disposing of the burning insect repellent thing (we think we've camped on an ants nest!!). Someone else noticed before we did and we bravely sat back and watched them deal with it....they did a good job and all's well that ends well.


We popped to the beach on a very gusty afternoon and during a swim got dragged along the coast line 200meters by the rip tide, providing the second most exciting part of the day. Much more tiring than dealing with the fire though!

On what little we've seen of it, Sardinia is gorgeous. It's dramatic landscapes meets a beautiful coast for miles. Looking forward to a few days here planning to rent a boat, do some diving and top up Sarah's tan. If we achieve one of those things we'll be doing well.






   

Wednesday, June 29

Photos

For some reason the photos we upload are not updating on the flavors page and haven't since Croatia. The second link underneath the photos 'our photo' in small will direct you to the flickr site where all the photos are or go to 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/58792688@N06/sets/ 
There are tons of great ones from the last week in Italy.


On the ferry to Sardinia currently and they have wifi, its slow but means we can keep up to date with the Murray match. Hoping he dispenses Lopez before we dock "come on Murray you've got 1.5hrs"