I’ll never complain again about a huge load of washing…

On our visit to India, we stopped at the Dhobi Ghat laundry in Mumbai. These photos give you an idea of how big the place is and the amount of laundry processed there each and every day.

Dhobi Gat laundry

Dhobi Gat

The men who carry out the washing live in the huts you can see covered with corregated panels, this link will give you the history and more photos …https://theculturetrip.com/asia/india/articles/awash-with-color-a-visual-tour-of-mumbais-dhobi-ghat/



Being lazy in Languedoc

The weather has been glorious these past nine days, really didn’t expect it at this time of year.

Nîmes was quieter than on our last visit but the amphitheatre still draws the visitors. The couple in front of us in the queue were from Indiana, the people behind us, from Toronto. At 2000 years old, all you can do is gaze in admiration at the skill of the craftsmen who built it and wonder how many modern buildings will stand for 2000 years …

Food with a view…




Last week, we had lunch at this beautiful Chateau, just outside Magalas. The food was delicious, the staff very friendly and the views just superb.  If you ever find yourself in this area of the wonderful Languedoc, or Occitanie as the region is now called, you should pay a visit, you’ll be glad you did.

Chateau St Pierre de Serjac

Tenby weekend

The wet weather didn’t stop our enjoyment of the weekend in Tenby, a walled medieval town in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.



St Catherine’s Island from North Beach


Colourful town houses and hotels overlooking the beach


Hotels and steps leading down to the beach



Narrow street leading from the harbour

For more information on this historic town click here Tenby 


Thoughts of Ronda

Ronda is one of the most interesting places I have ever visited.  Modern bullfighting was born here and a tour of the bullring, built in 1784, is a must.  Forget the sprawling new town of concrete and glass that has grown up around the old town, and head instead for the beautiful old town and the three bridges that span the famous El Tajo canyon.

Both Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway were fans too.  Although set in a fictional village, the execution of Nationalist sympathisers in Hemingway’s ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ was allegedly based on killings that took place in Ronda.  Orson Welles loved the place so much that his ashes are buried in a well, on land owned by his friend the retired bullfighter, Antonio Ordonez.

Ronda view 3

Ronda view 4 Ronda view



For more information Ronda

Background to ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ and Hemingway

A man is not from where he is born, but where he chooses to die.’  Orson Welles