Is this Alicante?

Or have I been transported to the South of France? In between all of the concrete that has been thrown up to serve the tourist masses, there are still glimpses of architectural brilliance. Of what Spain used to be like. Alicante Turismo – the official Alicante Tourist Board

Thank you Arsenal. Thank you Gunnersaurus.

Gunnersaurus, the Arsenal FC mascot – with Ataxia balloons September 14 2017. And 20,000 FC Koln fans, many without match tickets, are causing mayhem outside of the stadium (which is dressed for the night’s Europa League match). Inside the beautiful floodlit stadium though, it’s an oasis of calm. And to help promote #InternationalAtaxiaAwarenessDay on September…

Albert Casals. Barcelona.

We all need a little perspective sometimes. I was just telling a friend in Lille, who shares my love of hitchhiking, that my hitchhiking days were now in the past, now that standing in the one spot has become more difficult. And then I saw this: This amazing young guy has been in a wheelchair…

Milan – Gelaterie Milanesi

Stereotypes are usually founded on a truth. And in Italy there are two truths: Italians enjoy (and know how to make) good coffee; and Italians have a very sweet tooth! And both of these needs are well-satisfied in Gelaterie Milanesi. The main product on sale here is gelato. And it does look rather delicious. But…

Offside Sports Bar, Milan

I have another reason for wanting to make this final tour of Europe while I can still walk. As well as highlighting the real accessibility of the most-popular visitor attractions in Europe, I also want to use this trip to revisit some of the people who very kindly helped me out on my previous walks….

Paris: Tour Montparnasse v Eiffel Tower.

DISCLOSURE: Before I try and convince you that your “Paris time” will be better spent at the top of Tour Montparnasse gazing over Paris at sunset, while you sit down and sip a cool drink, rather than standing in an interminable queue at the Eiffel Tower, with millions of other tourists, while getting all hot…

#IAAD17

Monday September 25 is International Ataxia Awareness Day. Please help me to raise awareness of my condition by using the #IAAD17 hashtag in all of your social media posts between now and Monday September 25. So when your friends ask you what IAAD17 is, simply refer them to this page. Thanks. So what is ataxia?…

La Tour De Pizz’ – Carcassonne

Stay in one place long enough, and the McGeachin nose will eventually find pizza. And, being rather “careful” with the spending money, a bargain 🙂 Which is how I ended up in La Tour De Pizz’! So if you’re ever visiting Carcassonne, and find yourself up by the canal end of town, I seriously recommend…

Mary Jean – Highland Midge Lotion. A real test.

What I wrote before coming out here: “Well, if it’s good enough for the ravenous wee Scottish buggers, then it should be more than a match for anything that I encounter in rural France! And as Mary Jean products are “natural”, I will be even happier (I just hope that there is no sunscreen property…

Days 7-10. “Rest Days”. Marseillette.

Merci Nurse Najet! I had only planned to spend a couple of nights here, but a wee tumble on the way (nothing serious) meant that it was impossible to walk at all for a while (and as I’ll be walking a bit gingerly for the next few days/weeks, I expect that one or two local…