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colin on January 13th, 2016

Yes, the site’s been down since before Xmas. No, when it came back up, nothing happened for a long time. Let me explain. This site (euronomads.com) was, until recently hosted with Bluehost.com, who in their infinite wisdom deleted my website(s) – I had a hosting a/c with them, so there was a lot of damage done. They did a partial restore and said I’d have to restore the remainder myself, to which I said words to the effect of “Like Hell”, and opted to restore my …

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colin on July 28th, 2015

… 3-feet high walls don’t really do a place justice. It was, however, interesting, as I said. Apparently it was built on the site of an earlier fortress, and after the Romans departed, there were still people living there for nearly a thousand years. But, like any landlord will tell you, tenants will really trash a place. A long day; we got back to the boat and next day decided to go nowhere, being fairly bushed from the last two days. So all we did was a little shopping. The buggy spent the …

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Sandra Johnson on December 23rd, 2014

We started the day at the temple of Apollo, over 3000 ft up on a mountain top at Vassae. We had driven up to the site of the temple just at dusk the previous evening over narrow winding roads that, at times, were reminiscent of Albania. Lots of pot holes and dirt sections. There are no buildings or people near the site and only one car on the road. Col said that he had never seen such a clear sky in the northern hemisphere. He went to sleep watching the constellation of Orion through the …

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colin on December 22nd, 2014

No trip to the Peloponese would be complete without a visit to Olympia, where the games started. In fact, they held Olympic Games here for some 1,200 years, then the Christians came along and said “No more of that”, and stopped the games. We had a good look around; it was an interesting thought that so many well-known names, Greek, Roman and others had visited this site in ancient times. And what a pity that earthquakes keep knocking the temples down! …

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colin on September 28th, 2014

No visit to this part of England would be complete without a visit to Runnymede, the site of the signing of the Magna Carta. So, while moored outside the pub at Old Windsor, yours truly took a bike ride down to see what he could find. From the towpath, it’s not all that easy to find… from the road, yes, but the road is narrow and everyone is in a hurry. I get a bit cynical sometimes, hope you’ll excuse the places I mistook for Runnymede. Seems like everything, and I mean …

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colin on December 4th, 2013

… that’s different. Like hell. Or why not claim France? That’s connected to Spain. Hmmmm. Actually, I don’t usually like to take someone’s word for something, especially when they have a vested interest in it. I checked out Chips’ claims about Florida and $20m and if this site: here, and this one: here are to be believed, it didn’t quite happen the way Chips put it. Nevertheless, with all the treaties agreed at the time, I still think the British claim is …

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colin on November 25th, 2013

… was off for several hours. C’est la vie. Sandra’s voyaging on the Internet suggests that there’s a place about 25km from here where we can get our gas bottles filled, regardless of which type of bottle. We’re seriously thinking of going to Morocco, so having full gas bottles is something we regard as highly desirable. The site gives two methods of finding the place; directions from Faro, along the N125, and GPS coordinates. Despite my earlier misgivings about trusting the …

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colin on June 1st, 2013

Yesterday we took a load of Sandra’s mothers’ things from Bideford down to Plymouth. At 95, she finally accepts that she can no longer look after herself, so she’s now in a care home. So Sandra & I found ourselves in (or near) Plymouth with a week or so to spare before we need to be back in Bristol. We spent the night at a Caravan site near Ashburton, off the A38, and next morning made our way to Hound Tor, on Dartmoor, via Widecombe-in-the-moor. Widecombe-in-the-moor is a …

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colin on March 8th, 2013

We figure that it would be silly to just jump into the van and head off without any preparation. So we decided to do a few weekend excursions to get accustomed to living the lifestyle before we went the whole hog. So for our first weekend away, we’ve decided to head down to Exeter for a Motorhome/caravan show down there. A brief stop at Taunton to get a few bits & pieces at the supermarket then to a village to the east of Exeter where we got a site through the caravan club for two …

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