Where I Lay My Head

In my year of almost constant traveI I slept in over a hundred different beds. I started to lose track of where I’d stayed. For a laugh and as an aide memoire, ‘What was the name of that great B and B in Sardinia love?’ from December 2011 I started to capture photos and comments here.

Then we took a second trip, of six months this time and I kept it up. This is a running record of that first year.

River City Serviced Apartments Albert Street, Brisbane City: Perfectly ok but the artwork gave me the heebie jeebies..


Grand Millenium Hotal, Abhu Dhabi: Gorgeous bed and linens, gorgeous hotel. This will be the benchmark for beds to come.


Marriott Hotel, Heathrow London: A double bed each is great for jet lag.


Chalet Michelle, La Ville, (near Venosc), France: Very comfortable chalet with delightful English hosts who made us feel at home.


Adagio Aparthotel, Grenoble, France: The one bedroom apartment was perfect for a few days. The bonus was the alpine views from both ends of the apartment.


Le Vieux Chalet, St Martin De Belleville, France: Elegantly restored and modernised alpine home. Lovely warm bedroom with stunning snowy mountaun view. Cheers Martyn!

Chalet La Cloche, Tignes, France: Pure indulgence! This is a high end catered chalet where the staff of three delightful young people even do a turn down service while guests are enjoying Chef Ruben’s four course gourmet dinner.


Loft Vintage, Lyon, France: This very stylish B & B is run impeccably by Michel with some language assistance from Denis. Our room, ‘Pop Art’, was the smallest but had all the necessary elements including the Six Nations Rugby series on the telly.

L’Hotel Des Oliviers, Nyons, Provence, France: This 2 star family run hotel was booked by Stuart’s business hosts. The greeting by Madam was slightly Sybil from Fawlty Towers but it was lovely to see warm sun spilling across the bed after so many grey days.

Hipark Residences, Nice, France: A good value, well-run aparthotel with excellent beds. Very nice!

Son Tristan’s converted garage in Mile End, London: I was proud to have been the first guest of Tristan and Jenny to sleep on their futon sofa couch. You can see me and Tris in the reflection.

Hotel Casa Grande, Jerez De La Frontera: It’s like coming home to family to stay here with Monika and Lola and team. Room 4 is my favourite as it has two balconies onto the plaza.

Hotel Argantonio, Cadiz, Spain: Always a pleasure to return to Cadiz and this 19th century converted multi-level home in Andalusian-Arabic style has a relaxing vibe. The bed is super comfy.

Apartmentos Turisticos, Los Canos de Meca: This was a two bedroom penthouse apartment overlooking the ocean with a view of Cabo Trafalgar. I temper that with the comment that not all features of the complex have aged well and out of the summer season there are more feral cats than people here. The bed was fine and everything was very clean.

Sierra Cycling, Fuengirola, Costa Del Sol, Spain: Great to be back with Alan and Mary and the crew in their mountain biking set up by the beach. Just wish we had a double bed!

Adagio Aparthotel, Grenoble, France: We regard this place as ‘home’ as it’s where we are the most comfortable and will spend the most time. We even got a king sized bed this time!

Le Chalet Les Dolines, Montgenevre, France: This newish chalet apartment is right on the ski slopes and apart from the drone of the snow cats repairing the piste late at night it was the perfect ski home. We took a two bedroom apartment with sunny balcony and were very happy here.

Chalet St Louis, St Marcel, Vallee De Belleville: This was home for two whole weeks! The sloping roofline of our bedroom was a hazard for Stu but we will be five people for a week and need ed the space and convenience of a bigger apartment and proximity to the piste.

Kyriad Hotel, Saint Exupery Airport, Lyon, France: As budget airport hotels go this one is a beauty. 5 minutes by free, frequent shuttle, big clean room, helpful front desk and decent food. Nice big bed too!

Casa Howell, Portals Nous, Palma, Mallorca: Old friends are the best, especially when they are Welsh! We had an extremely pleasant stay with David and Julie in their gorgeous seaside apartment.

Bougainvillea Bed and Breakfast, Soller, Mallorca: Nina and Matthew left London five years ago to renovate number 81 Calle Del Mar to the standard they would want to stay in. They have succeeded! This old merchant’s house has lovely guest bedrooms, breakfast area and the bonus of a tranquil garden.

Charles and Anne’s Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, Penn, High Wycombe, UK: This has been our bolthole so many times in the past when we have buzzed in and out of London that we will never be able to repay Charles and Anne in this lifetime. I do love this room. Anne is the most literate person I know so I can count on finding good books on the shelf and Charles lets us run amuck with his office equipment. May we be friends for thirty six more years!

Hotel Alcantara, Seville, Spain: It’s been many years since we stayed here with Charles and Anne our first time in Seville. They’ve spruced up the lobby and rooms and added wifi but the greatest thing about this hotel is that Casa de la Memoria is right next door!

Rocio’s Apartment, Calle San Luis, Seville: Great to be in La Macarena in such a spacious lovely apartment. Lunch for one coming up!

Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa, Royal Windsor, UK: Sounds posh and it is in parts but I got a great deal. And as an overnighter near Heathrow it’s perfect. Staff service is efficient too.

Comfort Hotel, Harrow, London: This the closest hotel to the hospital my husband has been admitted to. Far from where I expected to be tonight…

The RE London Hotel, Shoreditch, East London: This is a newly built swish hotel that is ideally located for visits to Tris in Mile End and the Olympic site.

Thornicks House, Winfrith New Burgh, Dorset: House is a rather a grand name as it is more of a cottage but it is perfect for two weeks of bracing walks, good ale and cycling. Just what the doctor ordered!

Apartment @ 12, rue Notre-Dame des Champs, 3rd arrondisement, Paris: Respect to John L for securing this apartment and thanks for letting us share with him this week. It’s the second home of a cultured Parisian couple and as it is top floor it’s light and airy and has lovely sky and rooftop views.

Le Sechoir, Vignasse, Dodogne: Brits Melanie and Mark converted this tobacco drying barn next to their large stone house into a gite to accommodate four comfortably. This photo shows the double bed but in fact we used the twin room as it was cooler and less light came into the room to wake us in the mornings.

City Residence, Bordeaux, France: I am disappointed with this aparthotel. It’s run like a youth hostel with limited reception hours. We had to wait in reception for an hour after another guest let us until staff returned at 4pm to check us in. The one bedroom mezzanine apartment is spartan and worn. The bed is ok. For the price we paid on booking.com ,110 euro a night, we expected at least what we have had in the past for significantly less.

Central Travelodge, Bristol, UK: Good value for an overnight stop just 15 minutes from great waterfront bars and restaurants.

Foxglove Cottage, Ilmington, Cotswolds, UK: This is a self-contained annexe to owner Marilyn’s house. Excellent location.

The Cow Byre, Pen-y-dre Farm, Llanvihangel Crucourney,near Abergavenny, Wales: I can’t pronounce the place name but I can pronounce this accommodation as the best value holiday country accommodation yet! On two floors with views of the paddocks where horses, goats, geese and donkeys graze we have everything we need for a pleasant week of walking.

Presidential Serviced Apartments, 102 George St, Marylebone, London: We have a modern studio with a king size bed. Perfect location.

Capstan Court, Cambridge, UK: Friends from Kobe days, Anne and Steve, provided great company, a quiet room, food, sustenance and the Euro 2012 football final. What more could weary travellers want?

Melia Hotel, Genoa, Italy: What a pleasure to stay in this new, high quality hotel. Our room with balcony is spacious and well fitted out.

Excelsior, Grandi Navi Veloci Ferry Line, Genoa to Palermo: A tidy ensuite cabin. Slept like a baby with the hum of the engine and flat sea.

Etna Lodge, Piedimonte Etnea, Sicily: This is a B and B run by a Sicilian/ Roman retired professor and his Danish partner. We have a view of orchards, the sea and Mt Etna looms above.

Villa Neri Resort and Spa, near Lingualossa, Sicily: This is a five star plus capital ‘L’ hotel on the northern side of Mt Etna that opened six months ago. We got a fantastic rate for bed and breakfast and are loving the AC, wifi, opera on cable, swimming pool and spa. Plus the staff are wonderful. Bliss.

Villa Diana, between Agrigento and Favara, Sicily: Dario is the kindest host and his stately home makes a perfect Bed and Breakfast base for exploring the Valley of the Temples. We were given a huge air conditioned family room with large bath to collapse into after walking hours in 40 degree heat.

Hotel Porta Felice, Palermo, Sicily: Perhaps the travel god rewarded Stuart for an accident free week of driving around Sicily because we were upgraded to a superior room big enough to swing five cats in! This four star hotel is next the Gate of Happiness and close to the main features of the old town. As you can see the bed was built for the King of Tonga!

First Class Cabin,The Toscana, Terrenia Ferry Line: Palermo, Sicily to Cagliari, Sardinia. This was a 4 berth cabin with lumpy pillows but effective air con.

Top Floor Apartment, Via Napolo, Portoscuso, Sardinia: Sa Cruxitta, the B and B I wanted to book was full but the family that runs it put us up in this apartment up the street. We have a clean, well equipped 2 bedroom apartment and take breakfast at the B and B Sa Cruxitta. The breakfasts have to be seen to be believed. Perfecto!

Hotel Alguer, Alghero, Sardinia: I love small, family-run three star hotels. They know what travellers value most, a cool, clean, dark room, hot water, good wifi and friendly, informative staff. Thanks Sabine.

Hotel Carlemany, Girona, Spain: This is a large, central four star hotel with king size bed and huge bath, free wifi and very quiet. Can’t beat the price – 66 euro!

Hotel Amarena, Perpignan, France: I don’t know what happened with Google mapping when I researched this hotel but I swear it was not five kilometres from the train station then…even worse it is on a motorway next to an industrial zone…nothing wrong with it, it is so new the taxi driver had to call to find out how to access, but location is hopeless without a car.

Hotel Le Belvedere, Arles, France: I did better this time. Despite being a two star hotel Belvedere is easy walking distance from the train station in a pleasant square. The interior has been refurbished to a good standard. Chic modern French.

U Ficcu, Hanse 400, registered in Nice, based in Golfe Juan, Cote D’Azur, France: The yacht is seven years old but a good design and we slept well all week in the forward cabin.

Bella Baita, Borgata SerreMarchetto, Pinasca, Italy: High in the mountains west of Turin off the route to Sestriere is this mountain lodge B and B. Marla and Fabrizio are warm, experienced hosts. Big soft bed and cute hip bath was most welcome after a week on a yacht!

Chalet Michelle, La Ville, near Venosc, French Alps: How nice to be ‘home’ here in Chalet Michelle with Bryan and Michelle! And how different to see the valley in summer. Just stunning. We are in Tris and Trav’s room – no 3. Super comfy!

Tristan and Jenny’s converted garage flat, Mile End, London: With our son Tris and Jenny away at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival it is perfect timing for us to borrow their flat as a base for the Olympics and London fun! Note chocolates on the pillow. Thanks heaps!

Arkasa Palace Apartments, Arkasa, Karpathos, Greece: We have two weeks in Arkasa but will change this apartment after two nights when another one is free. The previous occupants broke the toilet seat and the AC in the bedroom. Apparently handymen are scarce on the island so we won’t be waiting for him! View of the sea and other islands lovely.

Arkasa Palace Apartments, Arkasa, Karpathos Island, Greece: Moved to the second apartment after three nights and a few polite words exchanged with the manageress. This one has a new bathroom, air conditioning and two sofas! Even better from Stu’s point of view is that the mattress is minus lumps and springs.

Almyra Village, Pigadia, Karpathos: Arkasa was too quiet for Stu for the whole two weeks so we’ve moved for our last three nights to an apartment in this small four star complex across the road from a nice stretch of beach. We can sit on our patio and see pool and sea. Sweet!

Nafsika Hotel, Rhodes Town, Rhodes, Greece: This is how a three star hotel should be, a simple, clean room with balcony and light blocking curtains, new mattress and pillows, crisp, white linens and staff who anticipate your needs. This was a one night stopover for the flight to London so apologies to Theo and Nancy but we were so tired after dinner I forgot to take the bed photo until this morning. Breakfast and free wifi also excellent.

RE London Shoreditch Hotel: Back for one night in the hotel we stayed in to be near to Tris while Stu recovered over a long weekend. Paralympics start tonight so the place is busy with them. Unfortunately the hot water system is being fixed so we are boiling the kettle for a wash before dinner with JL and Liz!

The Swan, Lavenham, Suffolk, UK: We had our wedding reception in this Tudor period hotel and stayed overnight along with a group of friends and family. We hadn’t been back to stay since. Happily it has gone from strength to strength and without us saying a word we found ourselves upgraded to a superior suite.

The Grange Country Hotel, Thurston, Suffolk, UK: I booked two self-contained ‘log cabins’ for Anne and Charles and Stuart and I for two nights before we head to Seville from Stansted. Looking forward to a relaxed catch up. The hotel is a little tired but the garden is pleasant and the cabins have nice porches overlooking the lawn.

Calle Castilla, Triana, Seville, Spain: Back in Seville but a different apartment. Comfy newish piso with AC. Hope the artwork doesn’t give us nightmares.

Hotel Casa Grande, Plaza Angustius, Jerez de la Frontera: Just one night back in Jerez but it feels like I’ve never been away. Monika and Lola are as kind and welcoming as ever.

Mas Entre Ciel et Mer, Mons, Provence, France: We rented this stone country house that sits one kilometer off the road between Callion and Mons for a week to share with friends. It’s the quintessential south of France rural escape with swimming pool, petanque pitch and orchard. Our room is at the top.

Hotel Le Pre Galoffre, Nimes, France: The main part of this hotel is a large converted stone barn. Breakfasts and dinners are served by the small pool. Our room is sweet but the bed a mite too small for Stuart and I wish they did not have a plastic mattress protector. Other than that it’s lovely.

Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dubai, UAE: How big is this bed! King size spoils you for anything smaller. Great room with view over Dubai downtown and cricket pitch where South Asian guest workers played matches in the evening.

Feb. 13 2013 new trip commenced
Mercure Part-Dieu, Lyon, France: A new hotel by the main station was a great choice for our stopover before the Alps. King size bed and blockout curtains a big plus but cardboard cups for tea in the room a bad choice. Breakfast was best yet in France.

Hotel St Martin, St Martin de Belleville, France
This three star ski hotel is on the piste. Our room, 302, has panoramic mountain views. The large bathtub is the other great feature.

Le Vieux Chalet, St Martin de Belleville, France: We have six nights with Martyn on a B and B basis and love our room #3 with the extra space and the bath tub to soak weary limbs. Add to that the toasty fire and Top Gear on telly and this is one contented girl!

Night train from Moutiers to Paris (we did a quick trip to London for a funeral): Top bunk seemed a little scary if there was to be an emergency stop but we were pleasantly surprised by how cosy it was in the sleeping bag. Once the conductor checked the ticket we locked the door and it was lights out until Paris 8 hours later!

Pension San Andres, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain: My single room with en suite bathroom is small but very clean and the free wifi signal is strong!

Sublet Apartment Calle San Blas, La Macarena, Sevilla, Spain: I now know the full extent of the expression ‘Going Dutch’ means fossicking out your sheets and towels from the primary renter’s bedroom cupboard and making up your own bed. Sorry Ed, couldn’t resist. I give you the before and after shots. Sussed the wifi and if the heaters come on as promised I will be hunky dory!


Pension San Andres, Calle Moreno, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Back for the last weekend of the Festival de Jerez and I’ve been upgraded by the charming manager, Jose Manuel, to a non-smoking double room with en suite bathroom with full bath for 24 euro a night. Ridiculous!

Apartment Meribel Les Allues, France
Stu rented this two bedroom place for six weeks. Log fireplace, comfy queensize bed and big bath tub so I am content!

Ramada Inn, New Hope, Pennsylvania, USA
We are here for three nights to attend Sarah and Brian’s wedding. The lobby and front section has been refurbished but the two storey block if rooms needs some attention. King size bed great but teeny tiny tub. Continental breakfast includes make your own waffles. All on disposable plates and cutlery.

Springhill Suites, Quakertown, Pennsylvania, USA
This is a well run Marriott. A queen sized bed each and plenty of room to spread out.

Best Western Plus, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Good location on quiet section of W Peachtree St. Comfy room with two beds but should have taken a double bed each as too small. Either we have grown or doubles have shrunk! Max Lager restaurant across the road.

Luis and David’s home, Cooper Lane, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Through airbnb we booked the ground floor of this house for two nights. Luis was so welcoming. Real treat to come home to and the big bonus was a washing machine. First since Seville!

Holiday Inn, Union Ave, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Right across from the Peabody Hotel this Holiday is perfectly located to walk to Beale St and Sun Studio. King bed comfortable. Noisy Saturday night, but hey, it’s a party town!

Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA
This collection of newly built and old shacks on the old Hopson cotton plantation is the perfect stop on Route 61 and the Mississipi Blues Trail. I loved my shack.

Hilton Garden Inn, Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Every few days we desperately need a fitness centre along with a king size bed! This is great hotel on the site of the old Edwards Hotel where early Blues recordings were made.

Howard Johnson, or HoJo’s, in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
Terrible decor but good suite layout and comfy kingsized bed.

Belinda’s Blue Room, Caffin Ave, Lower 9th, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
We felt privileged to stay in Belinda’s beautifully renovated home. Every creature comfort was provided.

Hyatt Place, Hoover-Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Stuart is very excited that he could use his Hyatt points to get this free night. First time in a decade! Decent hotel and the accessible (for disabled guests) king suite with bath is well appointed.

Country Suites, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
This is a great value chain of hotels. We were out of town but worth it to get a spacious suite and king sized bed with business centre and gymn.

Park Vista Doubletree Hotel, Gatlinberg, Tennessee, USA
Our last two nights of the trip were spent as close to the Great Smoky Mts as we could get without camping. This is a circular tower of concrete on the edge of one of the most beautiful parks in the world. Go figure… Usual double queen they seem to prefer in the US.

Alice Cottage, Bowden, Sth Devon, UK
We wanted to be near the Devon Coast and the Dart Estuary for walking so this cottage was well located. It had the added benefit of once being the adult home of Christopher Robin Milne of Winnie the Pooh fame and his family. The sunny lounge and the garden were the best features.

Anne and Charles’ Dinner B’nB, High Wycombe, UK
Charles cooks a wicked rissotto. And as you can see we abuse their hospitality of our friends;-))

L’Ancien Presbytere, Luc-Armau, Gascony, France
We have a week here with Anne and Charles and are taking full advantage of the garden and evenings are still cool enough to have a fire.

Room Five, Door Bed, Gastrointestinal Surgery Ward, Francoise Mitterand Pau Hospital
Unplanned overnight stay. See blog for details.

Aparthotel Privilege, Rue Bayard, Toulouse, France
This new four star chain of apartments and hotels has a bright, fresh feel to it and we could not have been happier with our experience except for the broken bath plug.

Hotel di Monti, Panisperna 95, Rome, Italy
Stu was on the bed before I could get my photo! The ‘hotel’ is a converted floor of an apartment in a boho part of the city. Only drawback is the climb up three floors and reduced reception hours. Breakfast is served in the smallish room.

Villa Degli Dei, Nocelle, near Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy
Our apartment, Mercurio, had a balcony with a wonderful view of Positano and the dramatic coastline. Perfect position.

Hotel Palazzo Alabardieri, Naples, Italy
We were early for checkin so waited 15 mins for the room which they upgraded to a junior suite no. 126. Four star service and decor were a lovely treat and the location in Chiaia is great for walking and shopping.

Clifton House Hotel, Bristol, UK
Late arrival made later by two hour Easyjet delay leaving Naples. No problem as hotel staff left room key in after hours box. To bed at 2am. And what a lovely bed! This is an old grand house refurbished with great modern style. Only problem with room three was the drain smell in bathroom.

The Castle Hotel, Llandovery, Wales, UK
An original drovers’ watering hole from before the steam trains changed their world forever the Castle has been revitalised by a charming young team. Dinner, bed (room 6) and breakfast was impeccable. So much so we will be back!

Cawdor Hotel, Llandeilo, Wales, UK
Anothe fine country hotel, this one a Georgian period coaching inn. The contemporary styled room and bathroom are huge. Bed is our first four poster.

Studio Apartment, Rue St Dominique, 7th Arrondissement, Paris, France
We don’t have a cat to swing but we reckon it would be damaged if we did. The sofa bed is one of the best we have encountered, easy up and down and no frame ridges. Let’s see what time the workmen start on the building that abuts ours….Let’s just say the price and location are right!

Moroccan House Hotel, Casablanca, Morocco
The entryway publicises the hotel as something out of ‘The Arabian Nights’ and the bed tries hard to live up to the sales pitch. Just wish they would wash the drapes. Dusty.

Hotel Mounia, Fes, Morocco
Perfectly servicable room, shame about the nightclub noise.

Bedouin Camp near Merzouga, Morocco
Forgot to get photo of my mattress. Our merry gang in front of ‘tents’.

Kasbah Amazir, Todra Gorge
Jewel of an auberge by stream.

Hotel La Rose du Sable, Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco
Pleasant hotel with quiet room on top floor. Great terrace overlooking kasbah.

Hotel Oudaya, Marrakech, Morocco
Odd hotel in two sections, Oudaya 1 and 2. Not helpful at reception and hostile outside food and drinks policy. Not one to return to.

Mohamed’s Guesthouse, above Imlil, Morocco
As close to staying with family as it’s possible for a paying guest. Very special.

Catharine’s Home, N14, London, UK
We have been imposing a lot on Catharine recently due to Stu’s health issues, first while I was in Morocco, and now when we left Morocco early. Thoroughly spoilt with comfort and meals. Thank you!

Gloria & Michael’s Studio Flat, Wimbledon, London, UK
Originally converted for Gloria’s 92-yr-old Mum to stay in the converted garage flat is well designed as a pied a terre. The location by Wimbledon Village shops and 20 minutes to the tennis was ideal for us.

The Old Stables, West Marden, Sussex
Carefully converted into two bedroom self catering accommodation. Big attraction was the heated swimming pool.

The Weary Ploughman, Brixham, Devon
Nice family owned pub.

Aft Starboard Cabin, Provident, home port Brixham.
Lower bunk very comfy. Only drawback is deisel fumes from proximity to motor.

Beach House Hotel and Apartments. Tathra, NSW
Just across the road from a gorgeous beach this family owned accommodation is perfect for families.

Aanuka Resort, Diggers Beach, Coffs Harbour, NSW
The location, absolute beach frontage., is the selling point here. In winter it was quiet but I can imagine during school holidays it would be crowded.

Oliver’s Room, Hankin Residence, Sydney
Nephew Oli had been temporarily evicted to make room for us. Mighty big of you Oli. Very comfy bed!

Sun Lagoon Resort, Noosa Heads
Reasonabley priced apartment on the riverside with two decks, two bedrooms qnd one bathroom.

Casa Bella, Noosa Heads
Right on Hastings Street this apartment is convenient but a bit noisy.

Oak City Apartments, 188 Hobson St, Auckland, NZ
Great price for a two bedroom apartment (for just me) in the CBD. Ground floor with no outlook but very clean.

Kirribilli Apartment, Sydney
We are so lucky. Our friends’ apartment is the top floor of an 11 apartment complex on the harbourfront. Perfect holiday spot for boat lovers.

Solar Montes Claros, Montes Claros 13, Albayzin, Granada, Spain
This six room guesthouse is just delightful. My room, Sumeria, has a panoramic view of the Alhambra and Albayzin. Antonio’s breakfasts are delicious!

Cuesta Cuevas Colorados, Albayzin, Granada, Spain
Our small ‘charming’ apartment was perfect for our needs since it was right above our school. With a separate double room, half bath, kitchen-dining and small terrace we were comfortable and the views were to die for!

Itaca Hotel, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
I got a great bed and breakfast rate for the first week of the Flamenco Festival and was able to extend to a second week. Helpful staff and good roof terrace.

NH Lyon Airport, France
Best airport hotel I have stayed in. Just steps from terminal, great foyer, pleasant staff, healthy breakfast choices – they are on a winner.

Hotel Mascognaz, Champoluc, Aosta Valley, Italy
One of the most beautiful mountainside locations imaginable. Buildings dating from the 15th century luxuriously converted with its own spa and swimming pool. Even a bedtime turn down service with chocs. Very spoilt!


Apartment No.10, Valmont, Verbier, Switzerland
I found this apartment through the Home Away site which allows you to deal directly with owners. Verbier is, as you would expect, frighteningly expensive compared to Italy and Spain and even Courcheval looks like good value after a week here. The master bedroom with en suite is the highlight of the apartment, other bedrooms are up on the mezzanine floor so people’s heads hit ceilings if they are not careful. The lounge just fitted in the four of us but the lads enjoyed sitting in the afternoon sun on the balcony.>


6 Responses to “Where I Lay My Head”

  1. Michelle January 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

    Hi there to the intrepid travellers – nice photo of your room at Chalet Michelle! Trust you thoroughly enjoyed the sunshine and the snow on the slopes today and that you’re settled in to your next “abode”. Have enjoyed reading your blog and all the fabulous pictures you’ve taken along the way.
    Good luck with the next flamenco dancing course…and if Stuart bumps into Alison and Rob Hemming in St Martin de Belleville, a big hello from us! xxx

    • Sharon Tickle January 23, 2012 at 9:19 am #

      Thanks for making us all so comfortable Michelle and also to Bryan for taking the young men off piste. Tris and Trav had an awesome day yesterday on their own in the fresh snow. Their tracks scared the hell out me! S & S

  2. Maryse Chevalier February 13, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    Hi, it was nice to have a drink with you last night at the Loft vintage, I hope you had a good diner and found something vegetarian to eat in the Bouchon ! Thanks for those nice pictures, i will follow your trip now.
    I wish you a beautiful stay in Lyon and in France

    Maryse (the friend of Michel and Denis)

    • Sharon Tickle February 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

      The pleasure was all ours Maryse! We all enjoyed our meals last night and look forward to more delicious Lyonnaise cuisine tonight. Although Le Grand Froid can be tiring when walking around the city all day we were excited to see the river freezing as we imagine it only happens every decade or so. Let’s stay in touch! Sharon and Stuart

  3. John Lavery March 2, 2012 at 6:01 am #

    The place in Lyon looked like fun – so we’ve just booked it for 3 nights in May, after Provence and the Alps, and just before we head up to Paris.

    • Sharon Tickle March 2, 2012 at 8:17 am #

      It will be perfect for you both John. Make sure you tell Michel and Denis we recommended them and that you go to Le Petit Carron for dinner.


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