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.


Awoke to a pretty grey & dreary day soooo... went to Pau for a curry. As you do! wink Nom! tongue


Riding through stunning autumn colours. Sometimes not all about the mountains, though they do look amazing today too!


Walkies! wink Helping neighbour with his unruly donkeys. Pls excuse my attire: been shovelling gravel & rocks all day!


Sunday morning sunrise from the front door. Not a bad effort given last night's festivities! grin Just beautiful smile


Great night out with friends in local town. Real pints, outrageous steak & profiteroles on offer. Nom, nom, nom! tongue


Whoa... teal & yellow! Random flyer from pub this evening: Reminds me of good times in Sydney. Erm... I think! wink


Random shot from the road: Panta d'Escales reservoir. Lovely autumn colours along the route today. Very enjoyable.


Swanky place we had apperos at fully booked for dinner, so ate at nearby tapas bar. Works for us & more economic too!


Sunrise at Blanes. Bit too cloudy on the horizon TBH, but only here for 2 nights so best I could manage am afraid sad


Appero time! Well, Spanish style: sangria by the beach. Cheers! smile

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

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

France, Andorra, Spain - Summer '16

Summer 2016 was spent mostly... playing in the mountains smile

We did move a bit, but even then, it was just to another part of the mountains wink

This topic will likely be the last episode in a while because life seems to be settling down into a more easy way of life without much movement. Well, at least for a few months it will be that way. Travel pics will likely return next year.

Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland - Spring '16

Spring 2016. Yes, still on holiday. Oops wink

Quite enjoying the Costa Blanca (can certainly recommend this as a winter cycling destination) but as the weather warms it's time to head back North.

Trip to Germany for the snail's safety inspection - can you believe it's a year already?! Which leads to the obligatory stop with friends both there and in Switzerland. Passing through an as yet unexplored part of the Black Forest & home via the Giant of Provence. Lovely stuff.

We really love the Pyrenees though so this is where the majority of our time will be spent this year I think. Ahem wink And why not - a dream come true to ride the Tourmalet through walls of snow above one's head is just one of the benefits!