House Sitting Heidi

House Sitting Heidi

House Sitting Heidi

As a child I remember hearing about a book called Heidi. Never reading it myself, just knowing it was about a girl living in the Swiss Alps. With this in mind, I thought I would do some research about this story. As a result, I found that it was about Heidi a young orphaned girl being raised by her recluse grandfather in The Swiss Alps. Obviously, there was more to this story. However, our comparison is about being a family parental figure to some wonderfully sweet Swiss animals. Albeit, they are actually American animals living in Switzerland while daddy is working here for three years. Hence, House Sitting Heidi” I believe is a wonderful way to describe our stay.

Having organised this “House Sitting Heidi” adventure three months in advance we have been looking forward to its arrival. Hoping for a white Christmas, but unfortunately not getting one. However, we did get a small snow fall while we were here. Situated close to Geneva and 5 minutes from the French border it was centrally located for us. The views over the Jura mountains and Lake Geneva are beautiful. In fact, even lovelier when the snow had fallen and blanketed the mountains. Chavannes-de-Bogis will be our base for the next month with the company of Murphy and Nati.

nati and murphy house sitting heidi travel is sweet

House Sitting Heidi Dog

Firstly, we have Murphy a five year old English Setter what a character he is. He loves his food and when any session of eating is upon us, we can be sure Murphy is close at hand. Sitting right beside us at the dining table, pawing us every few minutes to remind us he is still there waiting. Furthermore, after his night time meal he gets a greenie (a treat) and oh what a little dance he puts on for it 😊 see video below. Coupled with that he is an excellent singer, joining us singing Christmas carols- see video below. Additionally, come walk time he knows as soon as we begin to put our shoes on and goes into another dance routine 😊. Speaking of walks or should that be runs. Once he is unshackled from his lead, he is off. Boy can he run and run 😊.

murphy house sitting heidi travel is sweet

At this time of year, after each walk Murphy needs to have the dirt and mud removed. He knows this and voluntarily, but slowly gets into the shower where we clean him up. Never have I seen a dog walk into a shower and wait like he does, very well behaved and brings a smile to my dial, every time. Also, he loves playing tug-o-war and he gets this growl going as he flicks his head to win the game. Murphy likes to put himself to bed at night, disappears when he is ready, and we often found him in our bed, head on the pillow and all. He loves to be around us, doesn’t need a lot of pats, just to be in our company, Murphy has been a pleasure to look after and will be missed.

murphy on walk house sitting heidi travelis sweet

murphy in bed house sitting heidi travel is sweet

House Sitting Heidi Cat

Now, we have Miss Nati an 18 year old cat. Nati had suffered a life threatening infection a couple of months prior to our house sit but was on the mend. However, her recovery included having an injection of fluids every five days. Consequently, that fell on me to do and to say I was a bit daunted was an understatement. Surprisingly, it turned out to be way less daunting as Nati was such a great patient. She knew it needed to be done and coped incredibly well, which made my job easier. When we first arrived, she slept on her cushion in the corner of the lounge, and we worried she would not make the 3 weeks we were there. However, after a day she became like a new cat, and maybe she did that just for us, as her days were numbered.

nati house sitting heidi travel is sweet

Although unsteady on her feet due to arthritis, she had gumption and was very spritely. She would jump from lounge to chair and up onto the bench seat albeit a bit awkward. It was pure delight to watch her antics. Furthermore, Nati loved her food too and like Murphy would sit right beside us and meow while we ate. Boy could she meow, but such was her affection you could only love her for it. She spent nearly every waking hour on Carolyn’s lap. Whether working on her computer or sitting watching the TV. Such a loving, sweet and adorable cat was Miss Nati. Ultimately, Nati was a such a joy to look and spend time with. Again, we have met amazing pets, which comes down to the love and care of the owners.

nati about to jump house sitting heidi travel is sweet

nati standing travel is sweet

Heart Break

It was with great sadness, only a mere month after our sit we were informed that lovely Miss Nati had passed away in the company of her loving family. Such, was her zest for life and her unconditional love she gave she will be unbelievably missed. Though we only had the pleasure of her company for just under a month, she is indelibly etched in our memories for ever.

In conclusion, our time House Sitting Heidi was amazing and marvellous. It will be counted as one of our favourite house sits.

rip nati house sitting heidi travel is sweet

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House Sitting Geordies

House Sitting Geordies

House Sitting Geordies

House sitting Geordies promises to be an adventure. Although three big dogs may be challenging, we look forward to bonding with them. Two Weimaraner, one Gordon Setter are breeds we haven’t sat before. Thus, familiarising ourselves with their little quirks and personalities will no doubt be entertaining. In fact, having a family connection to Newcastle makes house sitting Geordies a touch nostalgic. In front of us lies the driveway to this house sit and within its walls five days of the unknown. Entering we are greeted boisterously by Hamish, Reeva and Grace. Our companions, whom we will grow to love over the coming days. Straightaway, we learn that we will be changed physically and mentally by these three canines. In such a positive way as they are such loving dogs, even though they are humungous.

House Sitting Geordies

Firstly, we have the lovebug of the group and the biggest. Hamish is a Gordon Setter with so much love to give, you would think he is human. Hence, when he is after a smooch you need to be ready for his full weight. In fact, given the chance he will end up on your lap like a cat. However, this ends up with us covered in Hamish 😊. For those that remember a movie called “Any which Way You Can” with Clint Eastwood you would remember Clyde his orangutan. Clyde is loving, affectionate and such a character. In essence, Hamish is tarred from the same brush. Hence, sometimes we affectionately called Hamish, Clyde.

hamish house sitting geordies travel is sweet

hamish clyde house sitting geordies travel is sweet

Secondly, we have the crazy one who was a little stand offish to start. Reeva, the first of the Weimaraner’s is full of energy and cheeky to boot. Not to mention she loves to play tug-o-war with her ball. She is one of the strongest dogs I have ever played ball with. I couldn’t get it out of her mouth when she had it, I only got it, when she let me, so I could throw it for her. Although shy at the start she opened up and had a very loving nature. In fact, she also loved the attention and would compete with Hamish to get it.

reeva house sitting geordies travel is sweet

reeva relaxing house sitting geordies travel is sweet

Her Name Says It All

Grace the matriarch of the group has the sweetest of natures. She sits on the lounge like the Queen and watches over her subjects. In general, she will give first dibs to both Hamish and Reeva for our affection, and she will wait until they finish and then come for her turn. Her lady like mannerisms and gentleness will win over the hardest of hearts. Not to mention her love for the warm spot in front of the fire. Overall, Grace by name Grace by nature.

grace house sitting geordies travel is sweet

grace on bed house sitting geordies travel is sweet

However, come meal time, house sitting Geordies pets, morphs into an entirely different situation. It resembles the throng of people clambering through the doors of the Boxing Day Sales back home in Australia. No place for the weak or frail of nature, it is dog verse dog verse human 😊. Ok, maybe I’m stretching the truth a little but they do love their food. See the video below of a standard meal time circus. Nevertheless, these three beautiful natured dogs have lots of love to give. Granted, house sitting Geordies, was an eventful five days, filled with fun laughter and lots of cuddles. Ultimately, Hamish (Clyde), Reeva and Grace won us over with their love and affection. Forever, etched in our memories is our time house sitting Geordies. 

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Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

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Peyto Lake Canada

Peyto Lake Canada

Peyto Lake Canada

Astounding doesn’t quite convey the staggering beauty that greets me as I step onto the viewing platform. Surreal turquoise coloured water, spectacular mountains rising from the valley, stunning panoramic vistas span every direction. If heaven has an advertising poster this would be its image. Fifty two years of life and never have I gazed upon such a breathtaking landscape. Peyto Lake is etched indelibly in my mind. For this reason I would urge everyone to visit this amazing lake, if you get the opportunity. You will not be disappointed.

carolyn in awe of peyto lake travel is sweet

Peyto Lake is named after an early trapper and trail guide from the Banff area Bill Peyto. It lies between Mount Jimmy Simpson, Caldron Peak, Peyto Peak and sits 1860 metres above sea level. Measuring 2.8 kilometres long by 800 metres wide it is fed mainly by Peyto Creek which gets water from Peyto Glazier. In the summer months glazier rock flour flows into the lake in substantial amounts. Hence, these rock particles give the lake its amazing bright turquoise colour. Peyto Lake’s outflow is also the head of Mistaya River. Bow Summit is the highest point on the Icefields Parkway and is the best vantage point to view Peyto Lake.

Getting to Peyto Lake

Lake Peyto is situated in the heart of Banff National Park Alberta in the Canadian Rockies. To access Bow Summit car park, you will need to travel along the AB-93 Icefields Parkway. Travel south from Jasper 188 kilometres or 43 kilometres north from Lake Louise to reach the entrance. Once on the access road there are two car parks. If you travel to the end of the access road there is a limited amount of car spots but the walk to the viewing platform is relatively flat and easy. However, parking at the lower car park you will find lots of parking spots and 2 bio toilets.

peyto lake trail travel is sweet

Although, the walk/hike of approximately 1.5 kilometres to the viewing platform is taxing. So long as you are fit this inclined walk will be no problems. For those that are elderly or unfit it will be about 30 minutes, including shorts stops to catch your breath. For this reason, my suggestion is to check for available spots in the top car park or drop off elderly or unfit passages here. Another key point, both top and bottom trails are paved. However, proper walking shoes are a must, particularly when the snow and ice start to melt.

mum and dad going down trail peyto lake

Important Info

Best Time to Visit: in general, as with most popular tourist attractions Peyto Lake gets very busy. Arriving early before 10 am or late afternoon will help you avoid the crowds and tour buses. It is open all year round with summer being the busiest period. However, any time of year will give you a stunning vista. Although, you will need to be careful on the walk, in winter.

Fees: Peyto Lake is situated in Banff National Park and therefore park fees are required. Current fees can be located at Parks Canada website. As an illustration, we were in the park for 6 nights and had a car with four Adults and it cost us $120 CAD (May 2018). However, if you are on a tour into Banff National Park these fees should be included in your tour.

Amenities: There are 2 bio toilets located at the bottom car park. However, there are no shops, so make sure you bring water and food should you require it. As a matter of fact, the closest lodging is 6.5 kilometres south called Simpson’s Num-Ti-Jah Lodge. Otherwise more lodging and shops can be found at Lake Louise.

Quick Tip Guide

  • Arrive early before 10am to afford crowds or late afternoon
  • Bring water and food as there are no shops.
  • Wear proper walking shoes
  • Pack for different weather conditions as it can change quickly.
  • Carry bug spray as the bugs can be very friendly.
  • Try to park at the top car park limited spaces.
  • Be prepared for a steep climb from bottom car park.

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Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

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Bacon and Shrimp Pasta

Bacon and Shrimp Pasta

Bacon and Shrimp Pasta

Sometimes it can be difficult to find different things to cook while you are travelling. You don’t always have all the right ingredients, and you can’t carry too much, due to excess luggage fees, and sometime you can’t find what you can at home. So it is really nice to find a dish that is simple, with not too many ingredients, that was super tasty. I found the recipe Bacon and Shrimp Pasta from “Delish”, click here to go to page.

I did have to make a few adjustments, so my picture looks a little different to the real thing, but it tasted amazing, and I would make it either way.

Here is what I did different

I bought cooked prawns, so when they went in, I didn’t wait long to put in the other ingredients, as the prawns were already pink 😊. I accidentally bought canned chopped tomatoes, instead of fresh. So I just drained them really well, and gave the juice to the dog (after checking with the owners of course), then I put the chopped tomatoes in, in place of the fresh ones. I always carry a few spices with me, so don’t use fresh garlic (unless the homeowner has stated I can use theirs), when travelling, I used garlic powder to taste.

I couldn’t find baby spinach, so used frozen peas instead. (I’m not a fan of wilted spinach, so if I did buy it, I would have just tossed it through at the end and not wilted it. No crushed red pepper flakes, just used chilli powder. My cheese was a mix of mozzarella, parmesan and cheddar, hence it being a little thicker. I bought it in a packet that way, much easier to sue for other dishes and no waste, while travelling. My spaghetti wasn’t angel hair, I just bought the thinnest and cheapest I could find, and it was very good. I garnished with grated parmesan, as I don’t carry stuff like garnish when travelling. Below is a picture of my Bacon and Shrimp Pasta.

bacon and shrimp pasta travel is sweet

It tasted very similar to my favourite dish at the Cheesecake Factory, Bistro Shrimp Pasta.

So very simple changes, and it still tasted great. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

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Hotel Seattle Review

Hotel Seattle Review

Hotel Seattle Review

Hotel Seattle located at 315 Seneca Street Seattle didn’t have the best reviews but we thought we would give it a chance. It was well priced, centrally located in downtown Seattle and close to transport. Using booking.com we have found to be a terrific way to search and book our hotel accommodation while travelling. Hotel Seattle is within walking distance to shops, the pier and many other tourist locations. The staff are friendly, the room is clean, the pillows, water pressure and hot water all good. There is free Wi-Fi but not in the room unfortunately only in hotel lobby. The chair in the room was incredibly comfortable.

On the downside the whole hotel needed to be renovated. Paint was coming away from the ceiling and walls. The pipes were old and rusty. The hotel would benefit from some noise cancelling features as the traffic could be heard, and was quite loud. Having only one lift to service all floors would cause a problem if the hotel was busy, lucky for us it wasn’t. Also, the bed was extremely soft, with everything falling into the centre. It was also a noisy bed, so when you turned over the whole bed moved and the head board banged against the wall. Very annoying when you turn over as much as I do. Hence, I put a hand towel in between the bed head and wall. Some minor points it didn’t have a safe, microwave, fridge, coffee maker or parking.

Verdict

Although there were a number of issues concerning the Hotel Seattle, overall the positives outweigh the negatives. For the price and location, we would stay here again.

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Find Your Flights

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Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com is our go to tool for booking hotels. It always gives us a large variety of hotels at great rates. We also use Airbnb as a wonderful alternative for those places you may want to go and live with the locals.

Always Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and this is speaking from experience. Comprehensive protection will protect you against illness, injury, theft, accidents and cancellations. Just in case something goes wrong, heaven forbid. We never travel without it, having used it several times over the years. World Nomads have years of experience and knowledge to look after all your travel needs.

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