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colin on October 14th, 2015

… once was enough. On the plus side, we found parking close to the town centre for only €2.50 for 24 hours. Good value we though, and at least we were able to park. Many (most?) places don’t even think about motorhomes, and if they do, it’s “We don’t want them here.” Am I labouring this point? …

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colin on October 6th, 2015

… splash of mostly green searchlights and curtains. It formed, then re-formed, and re-formed again. At one point there was a river of green fire from one horizon to the other, right over the top of us. It really was like the sky was on fire. Sadly, photographs don’t really do it justice; a very sensitive video would probably catch it better than a still camera. After a lot of experimentation, I decided that 25 second exposures with the camera set at 1600 ASA seemed to come out best. The …

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colin on June 8th, 2015

… travel on the MSC, they don’t really like having us as guests. But at one point the Bridgewater crosses the MSC and it’s quite interesting. What’s most interesting of all, the bridge (containing the water which carries narrowboats) crossing the MSC rotates through 90 degrees to allow taller ships to pass. Or at least it did once… the mechanism looked very forlorn, so I don’t think it’s been used in quite awhile. …

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Sandra Johnson on December 18th, 2014

… point, we turned into a road that degraded to a dirt track so we decided to reverse and turn around while we could. The reversing bit had me holding on tight with the drop to the sea on my side with no barrier. Still we were at lower level at this point so what was I worried about? We are so pleased that we stopped for a look at Ithaka. This is where Odyseus and Penelope lived in the famous tale by Homer (not Simpson!) The island has a service station, where we filled up, at similar price to …

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colin on October 19th, 2014

… to a water point, so why not take on some water. There’s more, easily obtainable water further along, so we can have a decent shower if we’re not too concerned about how much water we use. After this slow start to the day, we finally set off for Hungerford at about 12 o’clock. A lovely sunny day, but a little windy… weatherman says to expect more; the tail-end of an American hurricane is slowly blowing across the Atlantic, so we can expect more wind and lower …

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colin on December 5th, 2013

… have a height limit which you don’t discover until you drive into an alleyway from which escape is difficult. Or they simply don’t allow motorhomes. But we finished up following the directions to one which had no indication of any limitations, so we thought “If we have to do a nine-point turn to get out, so be it. Everyone will have to wait”. But we got lucky. From a narrow entrance the carpark we chose expanded at the back into enough space to park 20+ tourist coaches. …

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colin on December 4th, 2013

… walked through the gate and no interest was shown in our passports at any point. Not so the cars which were in a queue about 100 cars long. Interestly, most had Spanish plates. Once inside we got on a No 5 bus which took us across Gibraltar’s airport runway and then to ‘downtown’ Gibraltar from where we walked down Main Street. Imaginative name. Unless you’re a smoker or drinker, there aren’t really any bargains to be had here. I priced a few bits & pieces, for …

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colin on November 23rd, 2013

From last night’s magnificent Praia Grande we went into Albufeira looking for a supermarket and a motorhome service point. We found both fairly quickly; the supermarket had lots of stuff from the UK on their shelves, suggesting that they catered to a lot of British tourists here. We found the motorhome service point just around the corner; it had been four of five days since we’d emptied the toilet cassette, so it was time. There were about 30 motorhomes there when we arrived. We …

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colin on November 12th, 2013

Col & Sandra enjoy sunny Portugal. Click on the photo to enlarge. …

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colin on November 1st, 2013

… called ‘Batalha’. From Batalha we continued towards the docks, and, when Sandra’s feet were almost raw, we took a seat. At which point a friendly gentleman came and asked us if we spoke English. Well, he was selling seats on a little tourist train thing, wasn’t he. Only €8 each! It takes you around town and you get to see all the sights (or some of them, anyway), from the comfort of your own tacky little tourist train. He sold me when he promised that the train would …

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