Don’t Underestimate Your Dad

Driving Experience Gifts

Birthday presents, Christmas gifts, Father's Day gifts... They're all a bit of a challenge nowadays.  Men are SO difficult to buy for.  This is where Experience Gifts can come into their own.When you’re a Dad, you’re a Dad. Simple as that! You grow a little bit older, you lose a bit of hair, your midriff changes shape a little, but to your kids you’re still

A Devon and Cornwall Holiday

The river at Looe, Cornwall

It's a funny old place to get to, Cornwall.  We commented this morning when getting from Polperro to Mawnan Smith how easy it is to take a road that you think is right and then end up getting dead-ended on some promontory somewhere with only a chain ferry that runs twice a day.  That's part of the attraction of a Devon and Cornwall holiday.Whichever way

Why I Hate Shopping!

hot air balloon trip

I've always hated shopping.  I don't think I'm alone amongst men either.  The very thought of going into town with the sole objective of 'shopping’ brings me out in a cold sweat.  No, for me there has to be a sole purpose, a project, a single product to buy, or in an extreme case a few products.  Nowadays it's even less necessary to venture onto

New Zealand – North Island

New Zealand North Island

How were we to top the last few days? What was North Island going to offer?  Could it possibly get any better?  South Island gave us some of the most impressive, most beautiful and most ‘awesome’ scenery we’ve ever seen.  Auckland airport greeted us with grey skies and a cold southerly wind and after a complete fiasco with our car rental booking we were out

Route 66 – Over the Hump

Monument Valley in the Morning

Gallup was an unremarkable pivotal point in our Route 66 journey.  Our trip switched from a westerly route to a northerly diversion off route.  It had been our intention all along to head up into Utah to see the landscapes that had featured on so many books, films, album covers, postcards etc..It's funny how different it becomes leaving one of the main trunk roads and

Chicago – The Windy City

The incredible Chicago Skyline

After a night spent on the outskirts of Detroit in the Hilton Garden Inn in Novi, it was time to venture even further west to Chicago.  The journey down through Michigan State was quite entertaining, with us marvelling at place names like Climax, in Kalamazoo County, Sprinkle, Springfield (about the fourth one of those since Cape Cod… and still no Homer Simpson!), Valparaiso and Gary.This was