To France via the tunnel, then down the West Coast and crossing the Spanish border into the Pyrenees. Wending eastwards through the mountains to the Costa Brava coast north of Barcelona. Returning home through central France.
  • Jun10

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    June 10 in France ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Well that's the end of the holiday, after an eventful journey through terrible weather conditions on this side of the channel, a delay to our tunnel crossing due to technical reasons plus the M25 living up to its reputation of a car park which added an hour to our journey of 2400 miles over 18 days.
    Thoughts on the journey,

    DEB: I have really enjoyed this holiday although on first and last three days I think we did too much travelling, we need to adjust this next time. The scenery has been beautiful and the weather on the whole has been fabulous and there are towns we have visited that I wouldn't mind returning to. Length of time away was okay and I could have done the full three weeks but I have missed friends and family in particular one little person. Would I do it again, definitely.

    MART: Pyrenees were very scenic, nice small towns and villages. Costa Brava is stunning and nowhere near overdeveloped like much of coastal Spain. Callela de Palfrugell was for me the highlight of the coast. France off the beaten track was very French with total disregard for anyone who didn't speak French, which for me had a certain appeal. Needed maybe another week or two, but hey, maybe next time.

    Thanks to all for your interest and comments, now we won't have to bore you with telling you about it next time we meet!
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  • Jun9

    Mers-les-Bains

    June 9 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Well what a day, we woke to rain and heavy cloud but as we progressed on our journey the weather improved, the big question is how far shall we go, we stopped in Louviers for lunch and decided to head for the coast for our next stop. We tried the aire in Le Treport which looked like a lovely town, it's even got a free funicular railway from the top of the cliffs to the bottom of the town but unfortunately both the aires were full so we continued around the coast to Mers-les-Bains and managed to get on the aire there, or should I say car park. The weather is still awful so I think we may be booking a space on the train for a trip back home tomorrow, boo boo the holiday is nearly over.Read more

  • Jun8

    Romorantin-Lanthenay

    June 8 in France ⋅ 🌙 8 °C

    After an early start, we were on the road at 9 o'clock and back to blue skies, we are not sure where we will be staying tonight yet we will see how far we get. Again we have decided to use some toll motorway as these really do eat up the miles. After a couple of hours we stop for coffee and later lunch where we decide to carry on till about 4 o"clock which will get us to our overnight stay at Romorantin-Lanthenay. After a cuppa and a sit we have a walk into town for a look around.Read more

  • Jun7

    Saint Flour

    June 7 in France ⋅ 🌬 16 °C

    Well we have started our homward journey and we have decided to use some toll motorways so that we can get a good distance under our belts. We drove through some nasty weather the first of the holiday. Not many photos on route as not much to see except The Millau Viaduct which spans an enormous gorge, the bridge is 2.5 kilometres long and at its tallest point is higher than the Eiffel Tower. We then park up for the night in the town of St Flour, which reminded us both of Bridgnorth as it also has a higher and lower town. Well we finally got our meal out, it may only have been a pizza but it was very nice.Read more

  • Jun6

    Collioure

    June 6 in France ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Well today has been a day of two halves, complete enjoyment of the town and weather and complete disappointment in the fact that today we were going to treat ourselves to a nice lunch out and we walked past some lovely restaurants, not cheap but hey we're on holiday. Now comes the disappointment after walking around and stopping for a drink and walking a bit further we decided we were hungry but by now it's past 3 o"clock and all the French restaurants have stopped serving meals in the whole of the town! The only thing we could get to eat was a crepe, but 6 Euro's for a pancake? So we have walked back hungry and disappointed, good job we've got some gammon, beer and wine back at the ranch.Read more

  • Jun6

    Collioure Seascapes

    June 6 in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Martin didn't want to come here at first but I managed to talk him into one more day by the coast and I am so glad I did, I think we have both decided this is the nicest town we have visited all holiday, so far. The beach is pebbly but the sea is a beautiful colour and the sun is shining, what more could you ask for.Read more

  • Jun6

    Chateau Royal de Collioure & the Church

    June 6 in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Yes yet more old buildings and churches. The Chateau dominates the town it is huge we decided to have a look around only 4 Euro's entrance but all the rooms were empty and there was little information on what we were looking at so we didn't hang about although the views were fantastic. The church was very nice and if you put a Euro in the slot the alter was illuminated.Read more

  • Jun5

    The Salvador Dali Museum

    June 5 in France ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Mart: A Spanish artist and surrealist, Dali really came to fame in the 60's where you needed to be stoned to appreciate most of his art! After queueing to buy our tickets 15 Euro's each, we entered the museum, formerly a theatre and the third most visited attraction in Spain. Deb : Now I was not sure what to expect and not sure whether I was going to like this but I must say on the whole I did enjoy it although there were some very strange exhibits. I have taken so many pictures it is going to be hard to pick just ten.Read more

  • Jun5

    Figueres

    June 5 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Well we are moving on today re-crossing the lower eastern part of the Pyrenees and the border back into France but on the way we are calling at Figueres to visit the Salvador Dali museum. Figueres is a large town and after visiting the museum we have lunch and a drink but decide to head back to the van and continue our journey. It's a sign we are leaving Spain the sky has turned decidedly black and the temperature has cooled a few degrees but we head for the coast again to Collioure for probably our last stop on the coast before heading north through France homeward bound.Read more

  • Jun4

    Casa Dali

    June 4 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    If we had known we needed to walk up and down a 1 in 3 hill, (shades of Italy Karen)!!, or known what would happen when we got to the Casa Dali, home of the 60's artist and surrealist Salvador Dali, we may not have bothered. We made the journey upwards and were rewarded with beautiful views of the little fishing village where Dali lived but as we queued for entrance tickets were became aware that there was no more tickets available for today, the next available date is next Tuesday. Feeling disappointed we did however decide to visit the gardens which in themselves were quite nice.Read more