Lloyd and Judy's adventure
  • Day71

    Poole UK

    July 25, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We drove to Poole where Andrew and Jenny visited his elderly parents and we meet up with Tabitha and James Smith who were part of our YAS group at church. They took us to Rick Steins Restaurant for lunch which was an amazing meal then we wandered around the Poole main city centre and beach. Afterwards Judy went back to Littlehampton and I stayed overnight so I could see my cousins son Steven Dodd who is in rehab in Bournemouth recovering from major spinal injury from an accident. I then took train back east.Read more

  • Day69

    Littlehampton England

    July 23, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Well we are back in Old Blighty! Easyjet landed at their usual 60 minutes late into Gatwick. We have left the sandy beaches of the med behind. Outside a balmy 31 degrees today and Littlehampton beach is crowded with handkerchief hatted men and bodies of all shapes and sizes. Our long time friends Andrew and Jenny Hubbard picked us up and took us to their beach house at Littlehampton. We went to Chichester today, parked in the boat marina and walked some distance to the Crown and Anchor pub for a lovely lunch. The weather was warm and sunny and fields ripe with wheat. It's very peaceful here...the sea air at the coastal town is refreshing, the seagulls fly overhead and the long days and short nights somehow seem more northern. A heat wave has hit the area the last few days and today is predicted to peak at 37°.Read more

  • Day67

    Chamonix Mount Blanc

    July 21, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Well today we had an experience that is unlikely to be repeated! We drove to Chamonix which is about 60 mins from Geneva, there we bought two tickets to the top of the highest cable car in the world. At 3840m it takes you most the way up Mount Blanc. All was well until Judy started to feel quite unsafe and fearful. We could do very little about this locked inside a steel box with about forty other people. Up we went higher and higher until the final few hundred metres were almost vertical. We emerged to temps of about -2 degrees and strong wind. Needless to say we did not stay to long, but got some good photos and some video of both way up and down. Afterwards we walked around the village of Chamonix and enjoyed our home made lunch and thermos of tea! Judy was able to confirm after today that several things are off her bucket list now, para gliding, parachuting, and any cable cars over 2500m.Read more

  • Day65

    Freiberg Germany

    July 19, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Today we visited the university town of Freiberg. This was a free town during the reformation period where free thinking was encouraged and those who were being persecuted for their radical views could flee to. Among them were people like Erasmus whose views were not welcomed by the Catholic church of the day. We walked around the city and noted the memorial to those many Jews who lost their lives when their synagogue was burnt down in 1938 during the period of the Nazi party rising to power. A footprint of the synagogue was made into a fountain feature to remind the city of what occurred. We shared the mandatory "long red" sausage common to the city, and lunched at a fabulous restaurant up the hill overlooking the city reached by cable car. Back home for our final night in Germany after an enjoyable few days in the scenic south west. This city was almost completely destroyed by the allied bombing during the second world war, the stained glass windows were taken out of the cathedral and there are photos of the church standing among the rubble. It's a remarkable story.Read more

  • Day64

    Black Forest Germany

    July 18, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We are now in the Black Forest region of Germany by the French and Swiss border. We drove from Annecy and stopped by the beautiful lake Geneva where we had lunch.. We are staying with our Homelink friends Iris and Ewe Classeen. Today we drove to a remote lake in the Black Forest, where we swam then had lunch at a fisherman's hut restaurant. We plan to return here for ten days next year.Read more

  • Day62

    Chateau Annecy and Old Town

    July 16, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We got up and packed early and after finding parking in city walked up to the chateau where we paid the entrance fee and saw the museum inside which focused on the lake, it's fish, and the history of Annecy. Then we walked through the old town area which had as a feature the waterway. After an enjoyable couple of hours we headed to Germany to stay at or friends house from Homelink. We were greeted with Black forest cake and all kinds of yummy food.Read more

  • Day62

    Annecy

    July 16, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    An early start from Millau saw us driving across rural France yet again avoiding the tolls and enjoying it's beauty. However this has it's gotten side as we often felt like we were on back country roads making little progress towards or destination of some 430 km. We were so low on fuel and found a remote station only to discover my credit card would not work but paid cash and bought 20 euros supply. Then head of again cross country. We arrived in the mega city of St Eitenne again low on fuel, and hungry, found a Lidls for bathroom stop, tried three more stations which were all self service and all refused my card. Almost running on fumes now and becoming desperate and lost on the streets we decided to go on motorway again until we found a main highway fuel stop. We did....And my card worked, I realised that in France I needed to sign for the chit hence the self service didn't work. Finally with fuel in tank we got to have or egg sandwiches again.We arrived in Annecy one hour late but after an event full day. Who said traveling was easy! Dinner at our digs then walked the lake promenarde.Read more

  • Day61

    Millau

    July 15, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    We decided on a rural drive to Millau from Sete which proved to be very long but no road tolls! The road took us through farming and hill country and the town of Roquefort where the famous goat cheese is made. Coming into Millau you cannot miss the bridge in the sky.... It's an engineering masterpiece. We then headed up the Gorge du Tarn, which is a French version of the Grand Canyon. Very enjoyable drive up and back with it's tunnels and high mountain like cliffs and river for campers and kayakers by the score.Read more

  • Day58

    Carcassonne

    July 12, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    This day trip did not disappoint. We drove north to this city and it was not difficult to see why it it's listed as one of the top five places to visit in France! Just follow the crowds and you will find it. Actually we stumbled yet again on a great parking spot for free which the owners said was fine for us to use, it was a bit disconcerting to hear as we left then that they were local gypsies!!! Anyway we walked up to the castle and around it's inside which is full of shops. Every turn is a photo and takes you back to the middle ages of battle and fortification. I bought a book about the history of the castle. We had nice lunch in the city beside the river afterwards then drive back to Sete.Read more

  • Day56

    Sete

    July 10, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    The southern city of Sete is an ancient French seat port originally called Cete from which French ships patrolled and fought their enemies. Today is a bustling fishing port and tourist attraction for holiday makers. We stayed four nights here, two days we spent relaxing at beach or around the Bl and B the other at Carcassonne. Views from to of Mount St Clair were expansive, the beaches were great with white sand, and the boat jousting hilarious. And another feature was the nightly sunsets......Read more