Our Global Adventure

One family's quest to travel the world

April 16, 2016
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Birmingham, Forward Thinking.

Birmingham Coat of Arms

Birmingham Coat of Arms

Even the coat of arms says it, Birmingham is forward thinking. It’s a city world renowned for it’s contribution to industry and the arts and the second largest city in the United Kingdom. It’s hard to believe that Birmingham started out life as a medium-sized market town in the medieval period.  Later in the 18th century, the Midlands Enlightenment and subsequent Industrial Revolution, helped Birmingham grab the attention of the world. Birmingham became a city at the forefront of advances in science, technology and economic development, including the invention of the world’s first steam engine (which we saw and the Black Country Living Museum).

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April 4, 2016
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The Black Country Living Museum

The Black Country Living Museum – Getting to the Heart of Britain’s Industrial Revolution. Black Country Living Museum

When we learned that we would be spending our first three months in the UK in the West Midlands, I must admit that we didn’t really have any expectations because we didn’t know a lot about the area. Sometimes though, that’s the best way to travel. We can honestly say though that this is an area that we have really grown an attachment to. This can definitely be attributed to the many kind, friendly locals that we encountered, the beautiful country scenery, pretty towns, and most of all a firm sense of identity based on a period in time that changed the world forever. In the Midlands, getting to the heart of Britain’s Industrial Revolution is easy, and nowhere more so, than at the Black Country Living Museum.

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March 27, 2016
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Walking in Shakespeare’s Steps

Our Global Adventure to Stratford upon Avon

Stratford-Upon-Avon

Thanks to the fabulously entertaining and education BBC children’s program Horrible Histories, our children have long had an interest in William Shakespeare. A highlight of our year housesitting in England was always going to be a visit to the bard’s home town of Stratford upon Avon. However, despite an enthusiasm for visiting Stratford, and a keen interest in Shakespeare, I must admit that none of us were particularly interested in spending a lot of money to slowly shuffle through crowded houses to look at rooms done up to look as they might of in Shakespeare’s time. Call us spoiled, but after over 18 months of travel and numerous historical houses, it does become a little tiresome to be herded like sheep through rooms packed to the gills with other tourists. We needed a solution, and once again, our trusty Lonely Planet guide provided us with a great plan… Stratford Town Walk.

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February 28, 2016
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Essential Travel Photography Tips, with Andrew Caley – Part 2

Andrew Caley

Andrew Caley, pro photographer from Gloucestershire in the UK, joins us again for Essential Travel Photography Tips Part II. If you missed Part I, be sure to have a quick catch up here. And don’t forget to take a peak at Andrews work on Instagram, TroverFacebook or his website

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February 11, 2016
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A New Year and a New Country – The United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Our Global Adventure began with just one destination in mind over two years ago, The United Kingdom. We knew that we wanted a change of lifestyle and a change of scenery, to be able to spend more time together as a family. After particularly bad days at work we’d come home and joke “Let’s just sell it all and move to Scotland”.

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January 17, 2016
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Au revoir France

When we set out on Our Global Adventure, it was with a plan. We would spend 6-9 months in Ireland (to take care of the requirements for a visa into the UK) and then head on to England. When Gina said to me this time last year… “Do you want to go to France”, I was quite flabbergasted that she would even suggest such a spanner in the works of our carefully planned schedule. After all, she wasn’t even looking for housesitting opportunities at that stage.

But as I read the advertisement on trusted housesitters, I must admit that I felt something special was being placed in front of us.

Château de la Barbelinière

Château de la Barbelinière

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January 5, 2016
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What have We Been Eating in France?

We are not going to deny it. Four months in France, and yes it’s been all about the food.

France Food

This has been our first extended stay in France, the first time that we had access to a kitchen to make good use of all the outstanding ingredients we gathered from markets and the supermarket. Oh my goodness, we have enjoyed it! The French have a reputation for producing some of the best culinary delights in the world, (deservedly so!). So, what have we been eating in France?

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December 15, 2015
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Pretty Towns and Villages in Western France.

Western France

Our favourite village, Angles-sur-l’Anglin.

For the past four months Our Global Adventure has taken us housesitting and exploring in the Poitou-Charente region of central Western France. A short drive in any direction off of the motorway will take visitors through lots and lots of pretty towns and villages (in fact we advise you to stay off the motorway, it’s so boring!). So, here is our pick of the best for postcard photos, picnics and meandering. Continue Reading →

November 18, 2015
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Chenonceau – The Ladies Château

Château Chenonceau radiates feminine beauty. It’s not a foreboding stronghold built to keep out invaders. Nor is high over a town, like a warning, to keep everyone below in their place. Chenonceau is graceful, even soft on the eye, it’s built over a river at the end of tree lined path. It is all these things because throughout its 503 year history it has been a series of women who have influenced the design and fate of this Château the most.

Château Chenonceau

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November 8, 2015
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Essential Travel Photography Tips, with Andrew Caley – Part 1

Andrew Caley

One of the most awesome things about Our Global Adventure is the people that we connect to who share our passion. They find us and we find them through the interests, idea’s and plans we share through others we meet and of course, on-line.

Andrew Caley is a pro photographer from Gloucestershire in the UK. On his website, he says he is an “emerging photographer”, but you only need to take a quick look at his work on Instagram, Trover or Facebook to see exactly how professional Andrew really is. Presently, Andy is working hard on building his travel and landscape portfolio in preparation for a round the world trip!

Andrew connected to us through our shared interest on Trover, and we’re excited to be working with him to share his knowledge on great travel photography – I’ve already taken some great tips from Andy’s post and also from his excellent tutorials on his youtube channel, but, without further ado, here is the first part of Essential Travel Photography Tips, with Andrew Caley…

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