Semi retired in 2014, now work in the UK for 6 months of the year and travel Europe for the rest.
Living in: Birmingham, United Kingdom
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  • Day145


    February 22 in France ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Long drive today, covered about 450 kilometres with a stopover for a quick bout of shopping and fuel.
    Arrived at tonights stopover and realised that we stayed here last year on our way back. Nice little aire surrounded by woodland, they've even put water and electric points in.
    Good news is we can now pick up UK satellite TV so this evening will be spent watching the rugby.Read more

  • Day144

    Sauveterre de guyenne

    February 21 in France ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Spent today getting some distance under our belts and even managed to make a stop to get Tess in at the vets. Parked up among the vineyards this evening just watching the sunset and chilling with a glass or two of wine.

  • Day143


    February 20 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Great place to spend the night, mainly because of the duty free shops. Spent €190 on wine and spirits, sat and worked out how much it would have cost back in the UK and think it would have been over £600. 100litres of red and 6litres of rum, whisky and vodka.

  • Day142


    February 19 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    We stopped at an aire a few miles from here mainly due to the fact that there were a couple of grocery stores there and Tess had eaten the last of her food that morning. However we couldn't fond either store at the locations google maps provided so we moved on.
    This was a nice aire, €4 for up to 72 hours next to a leisure centre and cafe. Barrier entrance and services. Got talking to a nice Scottish couple and managed to pick up an open Wi-Fi signal from somewhere.Read more

  • Day141


    February 18 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Spent a very cold but peaceful evening in Alarcia. Chose this aire for its close location to a bar that had free wifi and did good food. Shame that it closes on Tuesdays! Still after a frosty start to the day we went onto the now open bar for breakfast. Fried chorizo, eggs, warm crusty bread and coffee all for the princely sum of €6 each. The drive down the mountain was pretty amazing too.Read more

  • Day140

    Carrión De Los Condes

    February 17 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    The drive out of the village this morning was a littke hairy but we made it without incident. After a long day driving we parked up at the edge of town and took a stroll. Nice location close to a river and park area. We entered the town over a lovely stone bridge and found a bar open with outside seating, dogs aren't welcome in most bars across Spain, and enjoyed a beer. We are feeling the temperature change as we travel north and it was pretty cold sitting outdoors. The town has some lovely buildings but like most places there doesn't seem to be enough people to populate the amount of houses and apartments.Read more

  • Day139

    Puebla de Sanabria

    February 16 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    The drive to this aire was pretty spectacular, through national park gaining and losing altitude continuously. The parking was opposite Campismo do Rio de Anor but unfortunately at this time of year all the services were turned off. Wasn't a problem as we had sorted that before we left the last location.
    What a stunning little village this is, I took the dog for a walk through it and came across the local band playing outside a bar. The houses are a mish mash of stone and wood with what looks like new builds next to almost derelict houses. We were only about 400 yards from the Spanish border and this must be the narrowest crossing anywhere. Wasn't sure that the motorhome would even fit through the narrow cobbled streets.
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  • Day138

    Freixo de Espada à Cinta

    February 15 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Still heading north, drove through one of Portugal's national parks. Some very steep and twisty roads with stunning views down into the valleys. Dificult to take it all in when driving as a lot of the bends have no barriers and it's a longgggg way down. Stayed the night on an aire located behind the town's multi purpose arena. Water, waste and free 16amp electric points. Made the most of that by baking potatoes in the halogen oven. Incredible that a small town in rural Portugal can provide you with a place to spend the night, including electric, without any charge.Read more

  • Day137

    Capela de Nossa Senhora do Incenso.

    February 14 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Continuing our travels north, towards home, we spent the night in the grounds of a church. Only people there so it was extremely quite and very relaxing. While taking Tess out at around 10pm there was absolutely no light pollution at all, no moon either just a sky full of stars. Incredible.

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