Animalcouriers delivered a very happy Coco Chanel to Margaret and her husband just outside Hyères in the south of France. Margaret told us they would all have a few more hours of peace until the rest of the family arrived, including a toddler and a baby!

Then it was on to the Biot area, also in the south of France, to deliver gorgeous Staffie cross Islay to Alastair and family. (An editorial error means we missed Islay off our last post — editorial apologies for that 😉 ) Alastair delivered Islay to us a couple of weeks ago and we arranged for her to stay at Burntwood Kennels until our trip was ready to leave. Alastair is a dermatologist and has landed an interesting new job in France — the whole family is excited about living in a new country and discovering new things. Given the wonderful patisseries that are rife in France, one idea is to write a blog about favourite pastry shops!

From there we crossed the border into Italy and headed for the port of Genoa. We’re on our way to Rome, but our first stop will be Sardinia. to meet Rebecca and her seven dogs.

Coco Chanel gets big hugs from Margaret and her husband

Coco Chanel gets big hugs from Margaret and her husband

Lovely Islay strikes a pose

Lovely Islay strikes a pose

It's a lively reunion when Islay spots her family

It’s a lively reunion when Islay spots her family

Islay settles in for some serious hugs

Islay settles in for some serious hugs

Looking back as we leave Genoa, we have a fine view of this ancient city. When it was a separate kingdom, the Genoese were very much in evidence around the Mediterranean and beyond.

Looking back as we leave Genoa, we have a fine view of this ancient city. When it was a separate kingdom, the Genoese were very much in evidence around the Mediterranean and beyond.

The iconic Lanterna, Genoa's renaissance lighthouse built in 1543

The iconic Lanterna, Genoa’s renaissance lighthouse built in 1543