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Jul 9, 2019 - Home is where you park it……….living the dream!

After escaping the heatwave in Provence, we spent last week on the Alabaster Coast between Le Havre and Fecamp and found some fascinating coastal walks. There is a coastal path which takes you right along the tops of high chalk cliffs. It’s called the Alabaster Coast for a good reason; there are miles and miles of white chalk cliffs with sea stacks and interesting formations formed by wind and sea. Our first walk ended in the seaside town of Etretat on a hot Saturday. People, people everywhere on the beach, on the high cliffs and cramming...

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Jun 29, 2018 - Living The Dream!

We are sitting in our camper close to Calais awaiting the ferry to England tomorrow and it is time to reflect on this wonderful trip. Our 9th trip in our camper and likely the best yet, but we always say that! Slovenia has been a revelation in virtually every way. Four years ago we loved the place and were a bit skeptical on returning as often places disappoint the second time. Not the case at all; the opposite in fact. The overriding memory is that of a comfortable and easy country to travel and camp in with friendly, helpful people. There...

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May 7, 2018 - Off To Calais

Day 1. Said goodbye to the girls at 2.30pm & headed down to Dover. Traffic a bit iffy between Ipswich & Brentwood but plain sailing after that & got to the ferry terminal at 6.30pm. Roger got to demonstrate his culinary skills & knocked up a couple of cheese & onion sandwiches. No time for anything more elaborate as boarding started about 7.20pm ready for the scheduled departure at 7.55pm. Ship very quiet & it was a very smooth crossing to Calais. We arrived at our free night stop at the nearby Carrefour car park 10.30pm. Quite a few other...

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Oct 29, 2017 - The end of the line………………for this year!

We are camped just south of Calais, ready for our trip through the Chunnel back to the UK in the morning. Provence seems so far away and yet what wonderful memories. We stayed on for a few extra days and crammed in another hike, long bike ride and a wander around the town filled with the Tuesday morning market of Vaison la Romaine (continuous since the 16th c.) We ate more desserts in the main square in the village and vowed to return. Two days in Paris on the way north was perfect. We walked, ate and visited galleries in Ian’s favourite...

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Jul 6, 2015 - Battlefields, protests and back to Blighty!

The last week of our trip has seen us exploring the D-Day battlefields of Normandy, surviving the European truck drivers’ protest and barricade of the Chunnel and the culture shock of driving on the super-congested UK roads. Ian explored the key sites of Normandy by bicycle, which is a fantastic way to get around and really sample the atmosphere of the place. It is remarkable how much of the Axis “Atlantic Wall” is still in place and what a formidable task it was to overcome it. The French in the area are very appreciative - we have never...

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Jun 30, 2014 - Germany, the Third Reich, Luxembourg and heading home……

This week has seen more great hiking and transit through 5 countries back to our "base camp" in Shrewsbury, England. We have now seen 3 separate areas of the Italian Dolomites – all are different and all spectacular. We will come back to each given the opportunity. We have completed 32 hikes with the last one being a 25 KM route march through the forests and hills of Luxembourg. From the mountains we drove to the vibrant southern German city of Munich. Absolutely the most unfriendly campsite on the whole trip was more than made up for by...

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Feb 27, 2014 - Calais

It rained again from early morning. We stayed on site till 10 o/c till it eased & then did our final leg of the trip in France up to Calais. We got to Calais at lunch time but decided to go to the DFDS ticket office. We were originally booked to sail back on the 11.30 ferry tomorrow but a week or so after starting out on our trip back in January we got an email to to say that the 11.30 ferry had been cancelled & they had moved us to the 9.00 crossing instead. As we had arrived in Calais earlier than planned I decided to see if we could...

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Sep 15, 2013 - South Downs

Hi Everyone The leak is now fixed (we won’t mention the new leak!) so we said farewell to Old Windsor and started off on our travels. Paul has fulfilled a dream and shot 1,000 yards at the world famous Bisley Shooting Range. He was shooting 308’s and had three separate tries but was disappointed each of his scores. Of course he blamed it on the slight breeze, which he informed me, was gusty! The range had an open day and there were many different disciplines for people to try, black powder, clay pigeon, running boar and deer and air rifle....

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Jul 14, 2013 - Happy Bastille Day!!!!

JOSH: Yesterday we picked up our car. Our appointment was at 10 o'clock but we got there about 11. Our car is a Citroën C4. It's a nice car, and it has many features. When a man had finished explaining everything to us, we left. We had been driving for about two minutes when ... Dad hit the curb and popped the tyre. We then attached a spare tyre, went to get some fuel, and set off again. It was a long drive with almost nothing happening. So I'll just skip ahead. We arrived at Calais and ... it was BASTILLE DAY! We went off to see a...

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Aug 13, 2012 - Calais France

These updates from the middle of August through to November are mainly highlights as we were not diligent in making regular updates. The dates typically provide the chronology of our journey with some content of activities with a few pictures. France, Calais, 14 August. Our experience of France was brief on this visit. We didn’t even step out of the car onto French soil. However we can report the car which surprisingly went well on it’s home soil. The main issue was getting used to driving the left had drive car on the right hand side of...

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Oct 3, 2011 - "On the Buses"

Drive to Dover and park the car. Buy ticket for Ferry. Get ON the bus. Get OFF the bus for Passport Control. Get back ON the bus and drive to the next building. Get OFF the bus for baggage inspection. Get back ON the bus and travel of to the ferry terminal and get OFF the bus and onto the ferry. Walk up 7 stories to finally sit for an hour and a half until we docked in Calais, France. Get off the ferry and get ON the bus. Travel to the terminal and get OFF the bus for Passport Control. In the mean time since Nancy was in a wheel chair, Sam...

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Aug 8, 2011 - Calais

Up early from our royal beds to hit the road again, destination Calais (France). Stopped off at Lille for brunch and enjoyed fab meal at 'Paul' yes great restaurant first seen in Washington DC where i took photos of my Paul out front. Back on the highway where speed is 130km+ you see some very nice cars, some that look like they've just come from the race track, but also there are many trucks, thankfully most of the highway is 3 or 4 lanes so not so bad. We arrived in Calais, and the clouds rolled in with showers, but the sun came out again...

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