April 2017
  • Day14

    Planes, trains and ... boats

    April 20, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Very cold last night - minus 4 degrees.

    The view from the upper bed. Night noise from planes descending following the river, trains and cargo boats on the Rhine.

    A run followed by a day in Cologne. Finally retired to the same pub as yesterday (it was that good).Read more

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  • Day12

    Italy to Germany via Switzerland

    April 18, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    An early start (8am) steady progress through intricate and twisting Italian autostrada. Then came holdups:
    - malfunctioning toll booths
    - contraflow through the St Gotthard tunnel
    - a breakdown round Basel
    all with accompanying queues

    Weather before the big tunnel C. 13c. In the tunnel 32c, after the tunnel 0c and a snow storm

    Happy break of luck was finding a guesthouse in Mullheim with the minimum of effort.
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  • Day11

    Cinque Terre

    April 17, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Early start. Coffee in SL, then train to the last of the Cinque Terre villages. A demanding walk to the next village (Cinque terrifying), train onwards, another longer and less challenging walk and then train back after some sightseeing. The national park was absolutely thronged.

    Move to a slightly better campsite as the easter rush is dying down.
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  • Day10

    Sestri levante

    April 16, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    The campsite just outside Sestri Levante. Very hot. Very busy. Only one emplacement available (luckily we only needed one).

  • Day9

    Bordighera, Italy

    April 15, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Mural in the fishing harbour.

    Carole and John outside the market.

    Buying fruit and vegetables for the next few days.

    San'Ampelio chapel.

    Got a parking ticket and paid it at the police station this morning. Now the van is parked (legally I hope) some distance away.Read more

  • Day7

    Nice - nice!

    April 13, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Just getting to know a little of the city. Great viewpoints. Cemetery overlooking the bay. Lunch with Carole.

  • Day6

    Vence, France

    April 12, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    A day spent touring Vence, the medieval city, the Matisse chapel.

    Indulgent lunch - two courses and wine sitting outside in the old part.

  • Day5

    Vence, France

    April 11, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Via Grasse, interesting museum of perfumery.

    The view from the upstairs bedroom at Domaine de la Bergerie.