Gaztelugatxe. Castle Rock

Last October P, D the cat and I took a weekend road trip to Bilbao. D was his usual drama queen self in the car. We figured out to put the litter box available for easy access and remind him passing police, he had to get back into his transport box, which wasn’t happening as it’s D. He was at trooper all weekend enjoying pre cooked roast chicken we thankfully found in Hypercor otherwise who knows what would have happened if he had to eat normal cat food. The shits. Sadly it was his last road trip before he said his last see you later in December. I still can’t believe he’s no longer here. He missed his brother AJ and I think he just wanted to be with his brother. 

The Saturday we explored Bilbao, the Sunday we went to Gaztelugatxe. Castle Rock in English. A castle, St Juan de Gaztelugatxe built on a little islet along the coast of Biscay. Steeped in history it’s been a hermits hut, castle, fortress, refugee, chapel, laid under siege, caves prison to ‘witches’, Game of Thrones Dragonstone set and a pilgrimage site. Depending on how you see it the weather was in our favour. Sunny clear skies would have been great but the drizzly rainy day added to the feel. The way the sea crashed the shoreline matching the jagged rocks and coastline. The one time we got someplace early and experienced the lesser foot traffic before the afternoon visitors picked up. Had we been usual time getting anywhere foot traffic would have been high, queue for vistas while the Instagrammers got their selfie. 


Access is free although they prefer if you book online. Maybe it speeds up the ticket office work. Parking is plenty with overspill car parks. Hiking boots are recommend even though the path down is paved it gets slippery when wet and it’s steep in places. The Basque region is a luscious green thanks to its rainy climate. Walking back up, several were wishing they had different more grippy shoes as they clung onto the handrail getting down the 35 degree slope.

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April Catch Up!

Happy May!

 

If the first half of April was quiet, the second half in comparison was action packed! Or for me it was.

April’s weather was more upside down than usual. Sometimes it’s a warm 22C, other times it’s chilly 16C. Mid April I’m usually in a denim jacket. This April, I was in a puffer jacket and thermal vest under T-shirts. Climate change? Winter was mild and sunny, April was windy with a few rainy days. For almost a week over Easter, grey skies, strong winds brought with them amazing waves making me appreciate sunny days. Continue reading “April Catch Up!”

Sunrises, Trees, Monkeys And Catch Up

Happy February!

Winter’s back! I always forget February gives January a run for it’s money here in which month’s the coldest. February’s short and sweet, but it packs a punch in rainy, windy, grey overcast, sunny cold days.

Next week I start my indoor climbing classes. I’ve never done anything like it before apart from climbing trees as a kid so I’m a little nervous and excited. I’m scaling down my gym workouts next week so I have energy. I know it’s probably a workout in itself, however I’m what if the first class is just theory? I won’t get my fix.

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Last Week Of Summer 2017

Happy Autumn Fall!

First up, my thoughts are with those dealing with Hurricane Maria and in Mexico. Stay Strong!

This week I actually had something of a social life outside the gym. That said I can go to the gym and not talk to anyone the whole time I’m there. Some days it just goes like that. Other’s I run into people I know Continue reading “Last Week Of Summer 2017”

The Practical Girl’s Autumn Fall Wardrobe Guide

While I live vicariously fashion through Song of Style and Chriselle Lim, I’m a leggings, trainers type of girl as my lifestyle dictates as such. I cycle everywhere, I need jackets that do up, I need a cap to stop my hair looking windswept extreme with a plait to stop tangles from the wind. While I appreciate Aimee Song’s and Chriselle Lim’s style, I get more excited when they feature casual outfit ideas or their everyday vlog dress for inspiration. I love Jessica Alba’s style for this reason too. She effortless does causal style that never looks too casual always with a bit of something extra if you get what I mean. She knows casual chic. As does Kate Hudson. All their styles have something to do with them living in California. That Cali Vibe.

So, this is my non fashionista’s kinda practical guide to how to deal with the summer to autumn fall transition wardrobe. I call Continue reading “The Practical Girl’s Autumn Fall Wardrobe Guide”