K and A's road trip

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    October 12 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    We have travelled south into the New Forest where we intend to do a bit of walking. We have pitched up at Setthorn Forest site, and the location - in amongst the trees - reminds us of our visit earlier in the year to Milford Sound in South Island NZ - this time without the sand flies. We hope to see deer roaming by our pitch. We have already met the free range cattle and ponies.Read more

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  • Day504


    October 10 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Back to Winchester for Karen's physio and my trip to dentist. Good news for K, as the repair is healing well. She has been given some more exercises to perform.
    We met up with Syd and Jo for a natter, and enjoyed a great meal at The Wykeham Arms. Great company as usual and the beer was good too.

  • Day500


    October 6 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We stayed on a site just north of Bridport, our intention was to do some walking along the coastal path, as this is a section that we have not previously completed.
    We spent one lazy day at the site as the rain was pretty continuous and K wanted to get on with some sewing. Two new baby quilts to get done before Xmas and our trip down under in January.
    On Tuesday we walked into Bridport and got the bus to Charmouth, where we set off down to the sea to join the south west coastal path as we intended to walk back to our site via West Bay. This is a hilly section, and the forecast was that there may be the odd shower coming through by mid afternoon so we set off quite early for us. The walk was fabulous with great views from the top of the cliffs - we took in Golden Cap where we could see from Portland Bill to the east through to the Devonshire coast in the west.
    Just after that the odd shower did come through!!!!!! It was almost biblical- we were soaked through in a 15 minute squall complete with hail stones and driving rain. Luckily the weather turned for long enough for the wind to dry us out a bit prior to a tea stop in West Bay - we left the cafe still dripping.
    Walking back to our site we were quite weary after a total of 12.5 miles of mostly ascent and descent along this beautiful section of our coast.
    On Wednesday we walked into Bridport passing through a farm shop famous as one of the locations in the Broadchurch TV series which was next to our site. A small market was operating in Bridport which we found to be a nice town with lots of independent shops.
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  • Day497


    October 3 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We had a fairly uneventful flight back from Santorini. However the air port is undergoing some alteration and we arrived to chaotic scenes in the check in area. It was baking hot but the chaos was very well organised and the staff were very helpful in ensuring passengers got to their flight in good time.
    Arriving back in late afternoon we progressed to Sidmouth in Chloe and were able to find a spot at Powys House to park up for the evening.
    We enjoyed a glass of fizz upon our return.
    Alison and Russ had returned from their trip to France and we met up for a nice meal in Dukes on the sea front.
    On Saturday we completed a five mile walk up to Salcombe Hill returning via Fortesque and The Byes which were as picturesque as usual.
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  • Day496


    October 2 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We said our goodbyes to Jamie, Renee and the girls as we left our villa. They were due to sail to Athens for a three day visit prior to their flights back to Brisbane. We were unsure as to whether the ferry would be running as all the ferries and public transport in the Capital were cancelled due to a 24 hour strike. As it happens their ferry did arrive on time as it had set off from Crete, and our ferry back to Santorini had been cancelledas it should have set off from Athens. In the event we travelled north to Mykonos on an alternative ferry prior to turning south to Santorini. We arrived on the island 4 hours later than expected but our hotel had arranged a taxi for us for an easy transfer which was typical of the marvellous hospitality we experienced from all the people we met on this trip.
    This trip has whet our appetite for an island hopping trip in the future.
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  • Day495


    October 1 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Kirsty had to leave us a day early due to work commitments, so we took her to the port at Paros where she was to take a ferry ride back to Santorini to pick up a late afternoon flight to Gatwick.
    We said our goodbyes and had a look around the old town which we enjoyed. Everywhere had a relaxed feel about it, and the locals all were very friendly. We enjoyed a gyros for lunch at a local taverna and watched Kirsty's ferry depart.Read more

  • Day494


    September 30 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    We visited the nature reserve - Paros Park on the north east peninsular and walked a couple of the short trails - up to viewing points and to a lighthouse. Sophie joined us for the longer walk and we met up with J, R and Sammy on their return from the shorter walk to the lighthouse. the coastline was very rugged and the sea clear.Read more

  • Day492


    September 28 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We spent some time looking around Naousa one day, and used the villa bbq in the evening.
    The following day we took a drive around the island which didn't take too long as it is just over 100km around. The scenery to the south was worth the trip.
    We then visited Lefkes which is high up in the centre of the Island and walked the Byzantine road to the sea 10 km away and spent some time on the beach. We felt justified in spending some time in the gelaterie in Lefkes after our walk back up to the car . The ice cream was especially good - so much so that we returned the following day with GGMac for her to try some. The shop also made traditional greek baklava which we were simply forced to try - and it was good too.Read more

  • Day491


    September 27 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We travelled by boat to Paros, where we are renting a beautiful villa with views over to Naxos. The port at Santorini was mayhem. Hundreds of people were congregating for ferries to lots of the other islands and coaches were departing in streams up the cliff road to deliver arrivals to the towns above. It was organised chaos but the system worked once you got the hang of it. The large ferry must have been about 15% full for a very relaxing trip to Paros. In the height of the season with the ferry full the port activity must be frenzied.
    We picked up hire cars and were met by Anna who led us to our villa. Villa Nefeli - what a place!!! 2 separate apartments which each could have slept a family, as well as 2 large en suite bedrooms in the main house. Everything had been thought of with beautifully equipped BBQ area and a great pool and area for cooling off.
    The view from our bedroom looked out over Naxos where the sun rose every morning. The pre-sun rise skies were well worth waking up for..
    the localtown to the north of us Naousa was a wonderfully relaxed fishing port full of tavernas, ice cream bars etc and lovely narrow lanes with bespoke shopping. The sea all around was crystal clear.
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