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  • Day499

    Best laid plans.......

    October 17, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    It was time to get travelling again and so we arrived at Portsmouth, excited to catch our overnight ferry to Bilbao, Spain. Lots of other travellers were doing the same and the car park was full of motorhomes, caravans, cars and lorries all lined up ready to board. Then, at the last minute, the ferry developed a technical issue and was cancelled! We had two options; wait 4 days for the next ferry to Bilbao or get a ferry that night to Caen, France. We opted to go that night.

    We arrived in Caen early and decided to get as far south as we could. Close to Bordeaux we headed for an Aire that seemed to fit the bill. (An Aire is a parking place where you can usually stay overnight and has facilities for water emptying & refilling/toilet emptying/electric sometimes. They are usually free or have a small charge. France has lots and they are pretty good). When we left the major roads, the sat nav started to take us along some narrow, country roads, then the road was closed for roadworks so we tried another way in. Again narrow roads and roadworks. It was time to stop and have a rethink. We were tired by now.

    'Are you sure you've got the sat nav set up for the motorhome and not a car', asked Chris, 'I'm surprised it's taking us down these narrow roads' . 'I've not changed any of the settings', said I, 'but I'll check again'. Sure enough, the sat nav was in car mode from months ago previously rather than motorhome mode! Once set up correctly, we set off for an alternative Aire in Mirambeau nearby and enjoyed our first night in France.

    Next day, we set off again to put some miles under our belts and got to the village of Sare on the French/Spanish border, Basque country. By chance, the local produce market was still open and as we wandered around the few stalls, we recognised a lady selling organic chillis whom we had met at the Espelette chilli festival last year. With a fresh string of bright red chillis in stock, we said 'au revoir' to France and headed over the border into Spain the following day.
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  • Day8


    July 29, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Ein Tag im größten Militärhafengebiet Englands. Hier liegt unter anderem das Flaggschiff Lord Nelsons, das immer noch in Betrieb ist. Auf der Rundfahrt im Hafen können sich Tourist und Militärspion für ein paar Pfund einen Überblick über die Flottenstärke der Royal Navy machen. Für die Nacht setzen wir über nach Salisbury mit seiner tollen Altstadt und den Überresten von Old Sarum - dem Herrschersitz der Angelsachsen und später von William dem Eroberer. Ulli feiert endlich auch ihren ersten Waschtag.Read more

  • Day6

    New travelling partner

    December 4, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    As we are on our way around the country to say goodbye, we have managed to aquire an additional travelling partner ............….……😎
    Name suggestions please ?

  • Day197


    June 12, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

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    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

    So after spending the past week at home we are making our way on the next part of our journey. This trip home has been extremely poignant and reassured me that what we are doing is definitely the right thing. It's been really hard to say goodbye a second time but was so nice to see the family and friends that I did.
    The first few days were spent in Liverpool enjoying time with Amber and my mum as well as the other few members of the family and the 2 Lindas who never fail to put a smile on my face and have hearts as big as a whale. From there I travelled down to my second home in Portsmouth spending time with Bex and Lily who even in such sad times managed to create a few extra memories although it was without my friend Darren.
    My return back made me realise a lot of things and for a change I slowed down and looked around me appreciating what a beautiful country we have noticing the butterflies and summer flowers and strawberry picking for the first time in years.
    Thank you everyone for making it so special I will miss you more than you'll ever know, but there is still world to explore and somebody has got to do it unless you can think of someone else more suitable ????? Thought not so will keep you updated dailyish xxxx

    What I saw
    Flagship Portsmouth - Historic Dockyard, Her Majesty's Naval BasePortsmouth, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
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