Monthly Archives: July 2016

Walk “Caves of Aitzbitarte” SL-Gi 1003, Gipuzkoa

WALKS in SPAIN 

Walk “Caves of Aitzbitarte” SL-Gi 1003, Gipuzkoa
ES- 20100 Listorreta, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain

Duration approx. 2,5 hrs. / circular walk
8 km / 260 m altitude difference / easy

Done: Summer 2016

My name is Moon and I’m a Border Collie. I would like to share a walk I did together with my human friend Mari Jose. This walk starts from a parking in Listorreta. During 8 km you are able to get to know more about the life of our ancestors. You will partly walk along the river Landarbaso, you can visit the caves of Aitzbitarte and more megalithic monuments. One of the most special ones it the dolmen de Igoingo Lepua II.

Arriving at the parking of Listorreta you’ll notice that there’s quite a lot of  parking space but even though during summertime it can easy get crowded. Lots of people come here to spend some time in the fields where there are BBQ’s, where humans like to prepare their meals. During this time of the year it’s advisable to be here early and avoid parking problems. The parking is for free. There’s one bar open all year round and another one only during high season.

Your humans will find an information board with all details about the several tracks you can do from here. As you can see, there’s a copy in the link below. Officially, we dogs, aren’t allowed to walk off leash here. I’m just saying… . I, Moon, were off leash all the time as I know how to behave. I met quite some other dogs who weren’t on the leash as well. But make sure your humans know the rules!

I had a fabulous day! I just love running around and even more when there is water involved. Can you imagine me in the river along the trail?! It’s a quiet place where you can learn about ancient times, at least that’s what my human friend Mari Jose told me. I don’t know much about all that, but I do know that I had a great time. The track is well signposted and easy.

**More detailed information about the walk you can find online.
http://www.gipuzkoamendizmendi.net/files/recorridos/1276857242_3.pdf

Walk “Mt. Ernio”, Gipuzkoa

WALKS in SPAIN
 

Walk “Mt. Ernio”, Gipuzkoa
ES- 20500 la Venta de Iturriotz, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain

Duration approx. 2,5 hrs.
8,2 km / 496 m altitude difference / easy – moderate

Done: Summer 2016

Ernio is a great mountain of Gipuzkoa which can be found between the valleys of Oria and Urola. During the month September every Sunday and especially the last one, it’s the stage of one of the most important pilgrimages held on Zelatun, where thousands of people come together.

I, Moon, would like to talk about this amazing walk which is easy to moderate with a total altitude difference of 496 m. Some parts are a bit hilly and rocky so especially humans have to take good care.

Me and my human friend Mari Jose started from la Venta de Iturriotz. We took a track leading downwards to a small hermitage San Juan from where we started walking upwards through a forest. How I love the forest with its spectacular and graceful trees. It always smells great which so many different scents, I feel unable to explore everything! As I behaved very well, Marijo let me walk off-leash all the way.

The track is at all times well-signposted. After going up a bit we arrived at the meadows of Zelatun. Zelatun is a great spot to have a rest and drink some water, not only for us, but also for our humans. After this point you’ve got to continue on the left to get higher up from the South-East of Ernio mountain. Probably your humans will go a bit slower from now on as here there are quiet some rocks to pass. So have some patience…. .

The last part, about more or less 1 km is getting even more hilly. Being 200m away from the top you’ll pass an altitude of 1000 meters and a more rocky area. This might be a bit more complicated for some. To me it was a breeze! Later on you’ll reach a tiny little hut know as Erniozaleak. Again a great spot basically for humans to get some air and water.

From here to reach the top it’s getting more rocky and somewhat steep, but it is definitely worth the effort. The views are absolutely amazing from here. You can see the mountain range and lots of small villages, on a clear day astonishing. I, Moon, enjoyed this day so much!

 

**More information about the walk you can find online. One website with good info is: http://www.rutasporgipuzkoa.com/ruta-29/monte-ernio-subida-desde-iturrioz

Walk “De Can Cascades al embalse de Santa Fe”, Montseny

WALKS in SPAIN

Walk “De Can Cascades al embalse de Santa Fe”, Montseny

Information centre Can Casades
ES- 08469 Santa Fe, Montseny, Catalonia, Spain
Phone: +34 938 475113
Web: www.diba.cat/parcsn

Duration approx. 2 hrs. **
5,5 km / easy-moderate
**there’s a wide range of walks from 10 mins straight to the lake
up to 4 hours for circular walks

 Done: June 2015

Hi, I’m Elvis a French Bulldog. I would like to tell you something about a walk I did together with my human friend Silvia. We enjoyed a wonderful day with nice temperatures and the name of the place is Santa Fe del Montseny. A place with easy access, a lovely forest with a beautiful cascade and a pond where I even took a bath…

To start with some details in case you’re interested in this excursion around the reservoir of Santa Fe Montseny. It’s situated in the “Cordillera Pre litoral Catalana” and its massif El Montseny, the highest of this mountain range. The Natural Park Montseny is also part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, the most antique one of the 11 natural parks in the area.

How to get there? Well, in case you’re heading there from Barcelona, you’ll reach this Natural Park in about half an hour. The walk starts from the Information centre Can Casades, where humans can pick up some brochures and inform themselves about the variety of walks, all of them well signposted. Another option is visit the reservoir straight from the parking in about only a 10 minute walk. I hope your humans will take you along a longer trail! There are circular walks from 2 or 4 hours too!

We crossed a wooden bridge to pass the “Riera” and at the junction we continued over a path on the right leading us further upwards passing the “Nature School of Can Lleonart”. Once passed by, we went further uphill where the scent was so fresh, humid and nice….  I could smell beech and chestnut trees. We went on through more and more forest. Further on there was a reservoir, we went around until we saw a tiny little house, “La Fabriqueta”, an old electrical headquarter that produced energy for the Hostal of Santa Fe. Nowadays completely restored. If you’re humans fancy some food here, there’s no problem we can keep them company while having a tea or coffee. I felt real comfortable.

From here on you can go back to Can Casades to finish your track. By the way, Can Casades offers a picnic zone, in case your humans brought their own food.

**More information about the walk you can find in the brochures of the Natural Park offered by the Information Centre Can Casades.

B&B “De Boshut”, Helvoirt

B&B “De Boshut”, Fam. Jansen

Fazantbos 3
NL-5268 LP Helvoirt
Phone (mobile): +31 (0)6 83 57 17 84 or  +31 (0)6 11 29 15 93
Mail: elsvanhoof4@gmail.com

                                                                                                                                             Stay: 8th – 9th June 2016

During our cycle holiday of this year, my humans decided to explore the Province of North-Brabant, the Netherlands.  I, Tibor, ran fully equipped (with Springer and trailer) big parts of the trail next to them and enjoyed myself to the fullest. Tessa, my still puppy daughter, did a great job herself too.

We got ourselves a membership from the organization “vrienden op de fiets” that gives you the opportunity to stay at private houses as well as at B&B for a special “Friends” price. This “Tuinhuisje” (garden house) is completely renovated and the perfect place to stay for a couple of days. Henry and Els, the pleasant owners do accept non-members too.

It was a bit hard to find, as we came by bicycle, but once we arrived we couldn’t believe our eyes.
Just along a sand path, actually within the forest, that was where we would spend the night…. things couldn’t get better! But that wasn’t all… something which is listed up as a “garden house” can be everything, but you should have seen the expression on the face of my humans! Their body language said it all! It was the most beautiful garden house they had ever seen. Like in a fairy tale! Fully equipped with a modern luxurious bathroom with even a bathtub! A lovely und nicely decorated bedroom with a table and comfortable chairs and even a tiny little kitchen block where they could prepare coffee, tea or small dishes. They were delighted, while Tessa and I were having a ball in the huge garden!

The family has got three dogs themselves. They stayed behind a fence, so we had our privacy. Of course we went every now and then to see and great them. Especially Sophie, a gorgeous German shepherd, still a puppy herself we found very interesting. They had a Tessa too and a Pleuntje. All of them social and friendly.

For me, and I’m sure Tessa agrees, the best of all was the huge garden and the location. In the middle of the wood…. we just had to leave the garden to get on walking trails. On some of them you are even allowed to walk off the leash. Asking my humans,… they don’t know what to pick! The garden house itself, the hospitality, the fantastic breakfast… they just loved it all!

They didn’t charge any extra fees for us.

 **About activities compatible with dogs there are plenty of walks (some off-leash, at all time it will be very well signposted) and also the cycle tours with “Knooppunten” (special knots connecting places around) connects from here. There are some restaurants nearby. The Loonse en Drunense Duinen is what people mainly come for. We had a fantastic time!

 

 

B&B Achter het Rode Hek, Herpt (Heusden)

ACCOMMODATIONS in THE NETHERLANDS

B&B Achter het Rode Hek, Fam.  Jörg en Ofra Harting

Achterweg 12

NL-5256 NL Herpt (Heusden)
Phone: +31(0)416-666290, Mobile: +31(0)6-40845873
Mail: info@achterhetrodehek.nl, Web: www.achterhetrodehek.nl 

                                                                                                                                             Stay: 9th – 10th June 2016

 

During our cycle holiday of this year, my humans decided to explore the Province of North-Brabant, the Netherlands.  I, Tibor, ran fully equipped (with Springer and trailer) big parts of the trail next to them and enjoyed myself to the fullest. Tessa, my still puppy daughter, did a great job herself too.

We got ourselves a membership from the organization “vrienden op de fiets” (friends on bicycles) that gives you the opportunity to stay at private locations as well as at B&B’s for a special “Friends” price. B&B Achter het rode hek cooperates besides being a B&B. (Which means you can stay here being a member or not).

The B&B is situated in Herpt about 30 meters from a quiet street behind a Red Gate. After entering you’ll find yourself immediately in a different world. A wild, colourful garden invites you to discover each corner of it. In the middle there’s a fish pond, very interesting but of course you’re not allowed to get in(!) and there are several cosy corners and terraces around. Mr. and Mrs. Harting gave us a warm welcome at arrival.

There are 3 guestrooms, we got the blue one. A nice, spacious room with lots of details. Travellers as we are we liked that a lot. Our humans especially loved the decoration around. A lot of art and handmade objects! We loved the natural materials such as wood and the smell of it. Here, humans, have to share the bathroom, which wasn’t a problem at all. There’s also a corner where humans can prepare themselves a cup of tea or coffee, all surrounded by books and magazines.

One other room was occupied too. This is how we met “Wieffie” a small dog. After our humans had a marvellous breakfast, Tessa played a bit with her in the garden.

We, dogs are allowed on request only. They charged us an extra fee of 5€ per dog/day.

**About activities in the surroundings there is plenty to see. The cities: Heusden and ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Theme Park Efteling and the National parks “Loonse en Drunense Duinen” such as “De Biesbosch” are a must. The cycle tours with “Knooppunten” (special knots connecting places around)  LF12 Maas- en Vestingroute and Route Amsterdam-Rome start from here. In Heusden it was easy to find restaurants were we dogs are welcome too.

B&B D’n Engel, St.-Oedenrode

ACCOMMODATIONS in THE NETHERLANDS

B&B D’n Engel, Fam. Van der Zanden

Lieshoutseweg 34
NL-5492 HR St.-Oedenrode (Nijnsel)
Phone (mobile): +31 (0)6 13874444
Web: https://www.bedandbreakfast.nl/bed-and-breakfast-nl/sint-oedenrode/b-b-d-n-engel/60319/  Mail: bedandbreakfastdenengel@hotmail.nl
                                                                                                                                             Stay: 6th – 7th June 2016

During our cycle holiday of this year, my humans decided to explore the Province of North-Brabant, the Netherlands.  I, Tibor, ran fully equipped (with Springer and trailer) big parts of the trail next to them and enjoyed myself to the fullest. Tessa, my still puppy daughter, did a great job herself too.

We got ourselves a membership from the organization “vrienden op de fiets” that gives you the opportunity to stay at private houses as well as at B&B for a special “Friends” price. B&B D’n Engel is part of these locations besides being a B&B. (Which means you can stay here being a member or not. You can book them through the Bedandbreakfast.nl website or contact them directly).

Family Van der Zanden offer you a fully equipped apartment with your own entrance and little terrace. They’ve got a small, friendly dog called Dindy. She was very kind and Astrid and Marcel, her humans told us that we could share the huge garden with Dindy. So we did, taking care of the flowers and plants of course. We just loved the space after a long day “on the road”.

Our humans were thrilled about the beauty of the apartment with all its luxury and lovely details. We were all very happy with the air-condition too as it was a warm summer day. Although it was a bit hard to find by bike (the apartment is actually situated in Nijnsel, which is situated just a bit outside of St.-Oedenrode surrounded by the river “De Dommel”) we were glad to find it in a quiet neighbourhood. That day there was a “Kermis” so it was busier than usual, anyway we had a great night sleep.

They charge an extra fee of 10€ per dog/day.

 **About activities compatible with dogs there are plenty of walks (info boards along the street) and also the cycle tours with “Knooppunten” (special knots connecting places around) start from here. In Nijnsel town there is a great snack bar too, where they offered us right away a water nap!  

 

 

Hotel B&B Reims Centre Gare, Reims

ACCOMMODATIONS in France

Hotel B&B Reims Centre Gare, Reims

4 Rue Andé Pingat, 51100 Reims, France
Phone: +33  (0)892 705220
Web: http://www.hotel-bb.com/fr/hotels/reims-centre-gare.htm

Stay: 3rd -4th  June 2016

 

This year my humans were looking for a different place to stay during our trip from Spain to the Netherlands. They got their eyes on  Reims, famous for its Cathedral. Usually they’re not so fond of hotel chains, but the reviews about B&B Hotel Reims Centre Gare were good and as they accept pets, they booked.

The hotel was very hard to reach due to the one-way roads. We’re almost getting a bit desperate. Finally there it was easy to spot a parking place in a street close to the hotel. They do offer a special price in a garage nearby.

We got a warm-welcome from the girl at reception. She even asked if we felt tired, probably because of the look on the face of my humans. Honestly we all were happy to be there after all.

The rooms were just fine. Better than the Budget Ibis chain, but still typical impersonal rooms as you can expect in hotel chains. Small, basic, but with all you need for a one-night stay. Extra costs for dogs are 4 € each here.

The railway station was situated just behind the hotel and besides to double glass windows it was impossible to overhear them. I, Tibor, and my daughter Tessa we didn’t bothers. Our humans brought earplugs so were fine to.

It was only a short walk from the hotel into the city centre with its amazing Cathedral. We had to cross a park, so Tessa and I were happy about that. The B&B Hotel Reims Centre Gare is definitely a good bet, if you’re fancying a budget hotel for a night if you believe my humans.

**To the  city centre it will take you less than 5 minutes on foot. The Cathedral is amazing. It wasn’t a problem at all for us to be excepted in bars or restaurants (in- and outdoors).

About Me

Hello, my name is Tibor!

I’m a three year old Border Collie dog who’s living with a nice human couple, my daughter Tessa and a cat named Braña.

I love hanging around, controlling the neighbourhood, running around and other activities as playing with my Frisbee, catching a ball/a ring/a duck/a wheel…. you just name it! Lucky me I live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth….. which is (some of you might know) the Liébana valley at the Picos the Europa in Cantabria, Spain.

My humans are really fond of travelling although they love where we live. They left me once at home while other humans were looking after me, but I missed them so much….. that they decided to take me with them from now on.

So, since 2013 I became a “Travel-dog”. Now I’m not only exploring my home town, but also other places around the world. I’ve noticed that my humans sometimes find it quit difficult to find a suitable place to stay overnight. Not everyone likes dogs and I’m not always receiving a “warm-welcome”. On the other hand… I’ve been to a lot of places where they really made me feel at home. I even made new friends!

This website is meant to be a place to share my own experiences. To principally recommend fabulous dog friendly places (ACCOMMODATION) to stay, interesting walks and sights to visit, restaurants where I may take a rest under the table why my humans are having food, but also other fascinating information that might be of interest for our human friends.

Like I’m new in this… give me some time to build up this website. In the future I probably might need your help on recommendations, opinions, suggestions etc.

Bye for now! Got a sore paw from all this typing…..not one of my best abilities!

Tibor

Contact:
Mail: traveldogfriendly@yahoo.com
Web: http://www.travel-dogfriendly.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Travel-dogfriendly-1605385783013990/
Tibor Tibor: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004999935482 

Hotel de France** , Saintes

ACCOMMODATIONS in France

Hotel de France**

56 Rue Fréderic Mestreau, 17100 Saintes, France
Phone: +33  (0)546 930116, Fax: +33 (0)546 743790
Web: http://www.hotel-de-france-saintes.com/

Stay: 2nd -3rd  June 2016

This year my humans were looking for a different place to stay during our trip from Spain to the Netherlands. They got their eyes on Saintes. Hotel de France is ideal for a stopover with its comfortable rooms in a quiet area not too far away from the centre and just opposite of the train station.

It was extremely easy to find parking just in front of the hotel. (Public) The lady at reception was very helpful and gave me, Tibor, a big smile. Tessa made her first experience in an elevator and was very brave. No doubts that she’s my daughter! Our humans decided not to go for the breakfast option, although the breakfast area made a good first impression.

The room wasn’t really big, especially as we brought Tessa’s cave, but we did fit in. What I most loved of it was the window. It was just low enough for me to have a glance at the garden below. Meanwhile our humans were talking about the room that it was good value for their money, small but with all they needed. They seemed happy about it all to me. Only thing… they do charge an extra fee of 6 € per dog here.

Woof, by the way, there are some green areas at the railway station where you can do your thing. Of course make sure, your humans clean up after you! (although the French don’t do that too much… it seems).

**After getting all sorted out the four of us went for a walk. The city centre looked further away than it actually was, in less than 10 minutes on foot you’re in the centre. It took us more as we made a stop next to the river to run a bit around. Saintes is definitely worth a visit (for more details read: walks and sights). It wasn’t hard either to find bars and restaurant where we were welcome too.

 

Restaurant Le Pichet 3, Chartres

RESTAURANTS-BARS in FRANCE

Le Pichet 3, Chartres
Restaurant, Café, Evénements

19 Rue du Cheval Blanc, 10 Rue de l’Étroit Degré
FR-28000, Chartres, France
Phone: +33  (0)237 210835  Mail: restaurant.pichet@hotmail.com

 Visit: June 2016

Situated next to the Cathedral of Chartres you will find this cosy restaurant. Access from two sides! We were just strolling around once my humans saw this attractive restaurant. After popping in to ask if Tessa and I (Tibor) were allowed to come in too and the answer was an extremely friendly “Yes, of course”, my humans didn’t hesitate for a second.

Healthy and honest food is served in a cosy atmosphere. Warm colours and nice details, such as books, maps, pieces of art are found everywhere. I, Tibor, loved the fact that my humans choose for a pleasant corner with plenty of space for Tessa and me to stretch our legs.

My humans were positively surprised by the presentation of their food and the friendly service. Definitely a great place to take a nap while your folks have food.