ABOVE US ONLY SKIES

Exploring The World. Slowly.
Above Us Only Skies, El Chalten, Argentina

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ABOVE US ONLY SKIES

A world travel blog for travellers, would-be travellers and anybody else with a curious interest in ditching the routine and exploring our planet.

We’re Ian & Nicky and we’re here to inform, entertain and hopefully inspire you to explore more often and for longer.

With one caveat.

Whilst it’s still possible for many people to travel during the current pandemic, it comes with an extra responsibility to protect not just oneself but also others around us. Which means wearing a mask in public spaces, maintaining a safe social distance and regularly washing one’s hands. 

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Explore the world…one country at a time

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The SLOW way to travel

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Road trips, Itineraries, Hiking, Collections, Musings…

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THE BASTIDE TOWNS AND BEAUX VILLAGES OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE

THE BASTIDE TOWNS AND "BEAUX VILLAGES" OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE

20 November 2020 – France

The bastide towns and “beaux villages” of southwest France boast an enticing mixture of history and beauty – here are 12 of our favourites…

EXPLORING THE WORLD IN PHOTOGRAPHS: "YELLOW"

10 November 2020 – Collections

Take a whistlestop worldwide tour via a collection of our favourite photographs, connected by the colour yellow – and not a banana in sight…

Autumn colours near Bariloche, Argentina
7 ESSENTIAL DAY TRIPS FROM MADRID

7 ESSENTIAL DAY TRIPS FROM MADRID

25 October 2020 – Spain

Madrid is a world-class travel destination in its own right, but here are seven essential day trips from Spain’s capital that shouldn’t be missed…

ALFORNÓN: A RURAL GEM OF LAS ALPUJARRAS, ANDALUCIA

15 October 2020 – Spain

Tucked away in a remote valley of Las Alpujarras, amidst endless almond and olive groves, we reckon Alfornón is rural Andalucia at its best…

Alfornón, Las Alpujarras, Andalucia
6 HIGHLIGHTS OF PORTUGAL'S BEAUTIFUL LISBON COAST

6 HIGHLIGHTS OF PORTUGAL'S BEAUTIFUL LISBON COAST

20 September 2020 – Portugal

Jaw-dropping beaches, fairytale palaces and vertigo-inducing cliff walks are just some of the highlights of our guide to Portugal’s beautiful Lisbon coast…

A WANDER THROUGH THE EERILY QUIET STREETS OF LISBON

1 September – Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal is a city that has seen an explosion in tourism over recent years. But now COVID-19 has changed all that. As we found out…

Alfama District, Lisbon, Portugal
EVORA - THE JEWEL IN PORTUGAL'S ALENTEJO REGION

EVORA - THE JEWEL IN PORTUGAL'S ALENTEJO REGION

10 August 2020 – Portugal

Steeped in history back to the Roman era, the medieval city of Evora, Portugal combines incredible architecture with evocative streets and gourmet food…

8 EXQUISITE ALGARVE BEACHES…AND HOW THEY COMPARE FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING

23 July 2020 – Portugal

Portugal and its amazing Algarve beaches are once again open for tourism – we look at eight of the best and assess how they rate for safe social distancing…

Praia da Marinha, Carvoeiro, Portugal
THE BASTIDE TOWNS AND BEAUX VILLAGES OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE

THE BASTIDE TOWNS AND "BEAUX VILLAGES" OF SOUTHWEST FRANCE

20 November 2020 – France

The bastide towns and “beaux villages” of southwest France boast an enticing mixture of history and beauty – here are 12 of our favourites…

Autumn colours near Bariloche, Argentina

EXPLORING THE WORLD IN PHOTOGRAPHS: "YELLOW"

10 November 2020 – Collections

Take a whistlestop worldwide tour via a collection of our favourite photographs, connected by the colour yellow – and not a banana in sight…

7 ESSENTIAL DAY TRIPS FROM MADRID

7 ESSENTIAL DAY TRIPS FROM MADRID

25 October 2020 – Spain

Madrid is a world-class travel destination in its own right, but here are seven essential day trips from Spain’s capital that shouldn’t be missed…

Alfornón, Las Alpujarras, Andalucia

ALFORNÓN: A RURAL GEM OF LAS ALPUJARRAS, ANDALUCIA

15 October 2020 – Spain

Tucked away in a remote valley of Las Alpujarras, amidst endless almond and olive groves, we reckon Alfornon is rural Andalucia at its best…

6 HIGHLIGHTS OF PORTUGAL'S BEAUTIFUL LISBON COAST

6 HIGHLIGHTS OF PORTUGAL'S BEAUTIFUL LISBON COAST

20 September 2020 – Portugal

Jaw-dropping beaches, fairytale palaces and vertigo-inducing cliff walks are just some of the highlights of our guide to Portugal’s beautiful Lisbon coast…

Alfama District, Lisbon, Portugal

A WANDER THROUGH THE EERILY QUIET STREETS OF LISBON

1 September – Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal is a city that has seen an explosion in tourism over recent years. But now COVID-19 has changed all that. As we found out…

EVORA - THE JEWEL IN PORTUGAL'S ALENTEJO REGION

EVORA - THE JEWEL IN PORTUGAL'S ALENTEJO REGION

10 August 2020 – Portugal

Steeped in history back to the Roman era, the medieval city of Evora, Portugal combines incredible architecture with evocative streets and gourmet food…

Praia da Marinha, Carvoeiro, Portugal

8 EXQUISITE ALGARVE BEACHES…AND HOW THEY COMPARE FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING

23 July 2020 – Portugal

Portugal and its amazing Algarve beaches are once again open for tourism – we look at eight of the best and assess how they rate for safe social distancing…

MEET IAN & NICKY

We’re an English couple who are backpacking, road-tripping and housesitting around the world. And this blog is a permanent record of what we see, think and do. We hope it also provides information, entertainment and inspiration for other “mature” travellers, too. So, if you’ve got a few minutes to spare, why not pour yourself a glass of something suitably chilled and take a look around!

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La Roque-Gageac, Dordogne, France

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La Roque-Gageac, Dordogne, France

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