About Us

Hadrianswallmoments.com are Valerie Mutton, a lawyer-turned-writer, and Steve Rees, who works in the computer industry and is an avid photographer. We’re active travellers and we’re here to inspire other ‘over fifties’ like us to live your adventure travel dreams . About the name: Twenty-two years ago, on our first trip to the UK, Steve wanted to…

Cruising: Never Say Never

“I will never go on a cruise,” I vowed. Let me explain: I am an introvert-bordering-on-hermit with mild claustrophobia who throws up on the kiddie roller-coaster. Seasickness. Ships the size of cities. Cabins the size of closets. Excruciating small talk at dinner tables of ten. Everything I had heard about cruises made me convinced that I…

Funny Signs From Around the World

One of the best things about travel is seeing ordinary life from another country’s point of view–ho hum for them but new and interesting for us. Here are some signs we’ve seen on our travels that I doubt the locals give a second glance–but they sure made us do a double take!

The Importance of Being a Fish Out of Water

I was travelling on my own in Prague. I gave the taxi driver a sheet of paper with the name and address of my hotel,  which had so many accent marks it looked like a grammar teacher had been doodling on it.  The driver took me on a wild and unnecessarily long ride through bumpy,…

Follow Every Inca Trail, ‘Til You Find Your Dream

I Dreamed a Dream in Days Gone By… When I was a little girl, I had a subscription to a magazine called Children’s Digest. It was like Reader’s Digest, only for kids. It had book excerpts and informative articles about different countries and cultures. I devoured every single article. (This was back in the days…

Seoul Searching: Six Superb Sights to See

Isn’t that the corniest title ever for a blog post? Steve went to Seoul on a business trip, and when he asked if I’d like to come along, it took me about a nanosecond to say yes. This was my first trip to Asia, and I have to say that I fell in love with…

Austin, Texas: It’s Not That Weird

The city’s motto is “Keep Austin Weird.” But I didn’t find it that weird. I had a very pleasant time exploring the city while Steve was presenting at a conference.  I’ll tell you about some fun things to do in Austin, and the one thing I did think was weird (but you have to read…

Five Fantastic Experiences in Dublin

Steve’s business trip took him to Ireland, so I went along.  Dublin is a wonderful city, friendly, easy to navigate on foot, and chock-a-block with pubs. What more could you ask for in a destination? Here are our top picks for great experiences while in Dublin: Kilmainham Gaol:  The tour was excellent. The starting point…

Grand Day at the Grand Canyon

You know you’ve got to get out of Vegas for the day when you catch yourself humming “My Heart Will Go On.” It’s the first symptom of VOS, otherwise known as Vegas Overstimulation Syndrome. When the incessant thumping of Rihanna and Katy Perry songs throughout the hotel–everywhere, even in the bathrooms, even at the pool–is…

What I Learned About Life From Parasailing

I’m 52, both of my parents are deceased, and my kids have moved away to go to university.  This is, in fact, the Betty Crocker recipe for an existential crisis. In case you are having trouble finding it, it is also cross-referenced under ‘midlife crisis’ (which I believe is the vegan equivalent). And so it…

Mexico for a Moping Mom

So, somehow I ended up in Mexico. Well, I know how, sort of. Steve was supposed to be going on a business trip to India for two weeks right at the start of us being empty-nesters. Our daughter has been in university for going on four years, and I’ve just barely gotten used to it–…

Secrets St. James, Montego Bay

After a particularly trying winter of 2015, which piled stress on top of sadness on top of grief, with weeks of minus-35-degree Celsius weather thrown in for good measure, I needed a break. I’m not normally one for restful vacations in warm places. I get bored easily on beaches and feel restless from lack of…

Great Tapas in A Coruña, Spain

A short walk from the waterfront puts you right in A Coruña’s old town, adjacent to the expansive town square, the Plaza de Maria Pita. The cobbled streets of the old town are chock-a-block with restaurants, which don’t really get busy until later in the evening. Tapas bars abound, and they are busy earlier. It seems a…

A Coruña: Spain’s Hidden Jewel

Steve and I spent a glorious week in  A Coruña, Spain. Steve was there for work and I came along as the trip overlapped my birthday and Spain seemed the perfect place to celebrate it. The view above is from our beautiful seafront room at the Hotel Melia Maria Pita. I would highly recommend the…