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Europe » Italy April 23rd 2011

Sat 16....So after a night on board the ferry from Patras (Greece) to Ancona (Italy), we finally disembarked at about 11.30 (12.30 Greek time.....later than we thought). Disembarkation was hectic in true Italian plan at all, just a free-for-all! After failed attempts to update our blog on board (their Internet was crap) we tried again at Ancona port with no luck. So instead made our way to Jesi. Being in Italy was quite a culture shock, back in 21st century.............everything looked so clean and overflowing rubbish bins or abandoned cars, gardens were tended, no stray cats or dogs in sight, people wear crash helmets and seat belts, their cars have number plates and are clean, they do not have missing bumperbars and a ding on every can put your loo paper down the ... read more
2 Fossombronne
3 Fossombronne
4 Fossombronne

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese April 15th 2011

Wed 6....Having found our lovely spot on the beach at Stavros, on the bulgy bit east of Chania (Akrotiri Peninsula), where we stayed a couple of days, we made a move. Zig-zagging down to Souda, we then came back through Kalives where we’d been before and programmed TomTom in for Georgioupoli via the scenic route of the next sticky-out bit. Whilst the road was OK, the latter bit took us through tiny villages where there were only centimetres to spare either side. Georgioupoli is another place that would be packed in the season but at this time of year, reasonably attractive with a main square, a river and harbour and a long beach. We found a taverna to meet our needs.....Gyros pitta, booze and Internet. After lunch we drove on to Rethymno and were generally disappointed. ... read more
2 Rethimon Venetian Fort
3 Rethimon
4 Knossos

Europe » Greece » Crete April 6th 2011

Sat 26....Having arrived at Paleochora yesterday, we’d hoped to spend the day on the beach....however it was a bit cool, so having shopped, Internetted at a lovely bar on the harbour, whilst we did lie on the beach, we needed are cardis on! Whilst minding our own business, a herd of sheep suddenly appeared, crossed the beach and disappeared...only in Greece? Sun 27....A blue-sky day. We had a leisurely morning doing various chores, then for the first time got the bikes into action. We had a great cycle around and selected a beachside taverna full of Greeks for our Sunday lunch. Baz had lamb chops, yes, LAMB chops (not lamp chops that are so often on the menu) and J had stifado. There was no pig spit or chicken spit on offer, however these are a ... read more
2 Gorge walk to Lissos
3 Lissos
4 Kefali

Europe » Greece » Crete March 26th 2011

Thu 17....A rather dull and overcast day. Before moving on from our overnight spot by the beach at Makrigialos, we strolled along the seafront into what was actually quite a pleasant little area of fish tavernas and small shops. From there to the large town of Ierapetra which was heaving with people and traffic. We had hoped to hook up to electricity on the harbour again but in fact we drove in, drove round and drove out! We carried on to Myrtos, which turned out to be a very pleasant, unspoilt little seaside village and cadged Internet from a Dutch owned B & B......friendly people who encouraged us to watch their excellent Greek video ( on video, in two parts). Then off to explore the weird, deserted village of Kalami. Apparently in the 1980’s the villagers ... read more
2 Myrtos
3 Kalami
4 Kalami

Europe » Greece » Crete March 17th 2011

Thu 10 – We awoke at our beachside campsite at Kineta..........not the latest in mod-cons! The toilet and shower blocks were extremely uninviting. Being the only campers, we knew there were no worries about queuing for the shower but we did expect it to work. Baz tried inserting coins into 2 separate cubicles with no luck, yet he persevered in a trickle of cold water (J had a nice hot shower in the Hymer!) The owner, a Greek version of Rigsby, seemed to know the shower wasn’t working but hadn’t thought to mention it to us! We finally departed and headed for the huge port of Piraeus along the old twisty coast road, with huge chunks of precipitous wall missing every half mile and very often flowers, a cross or wreath where the accident had happened! ... read more
2 Heraklion-Venetian Fort
3 Heraklion
4 Analipsi overnight stop

Europe » Greece » Pelopennese March 9th 2011

Sat 5 – On the evening of Friday 4th, when we ere staying at Manfredonia, we’d extended an invitation to our Italian friends for drinkies. They refused our wine from a 5 litre box! but accepted tiny measures of Bacardi & Coke. We spent a pleasant couple of hours with Antonio and Raffaela with photos, maps, drawings and sign language exchanging ideas, plans and history! After meeting up again in the morning to look at their photos and say Arrivederci with much cheek kissing, we set off for Bari. From that moment on, it never stopped raining. It was an extremely wet day. We spent a couple of hours en-route in a supermarket/shopping centre, finally parking up alongside the ferry terminal at about 5.30pm. A wet night in. Sun 6 – Drove on to the Superfast/superduper ... read more
2 Bari Ferry Port
3 Patras kite flying weather
4 Diakofto rack and pinion railway

Europe » Italy March 4th 2011

SORRY THIS IS SO LONG - IT'S BEEN A WHILE SINCE WE'VE FOUND INTERNET........ February Sun 20 – Leaving Buxy, we headed further south on lovely country roads (mostly on the Route des Grands Crus) with no traffic at all. The views would be even better with some blue skies and sunshine! Stopped for lunch in a little cafe/bar and a look around the charming town of Tourus before heading for our overnight spot in Poncin. Mon 21 – A rural route, with potentially great views (where’s the sun?) eventually took us to Annecy which is surrounded by spectacular mountains, built on the banks of a huge lake and has a canal running through it. We strolled through the old quarter, with its arcaded houses and warren of passages (parts of which date back to 12th ... read more
2 Annecy Palais de l'Isle
3 Annecy old town
4 Annecy old town

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Bourg-en-Bresse February 20th 2011

DIARY NOTES – 2011 The easiest way to do this is to write a little blurb each day, then copy/paste it as and when we find Internet. Have tried to keep it short and hopefully not too boring! February Mon 14 – Set off mid-afternoon for pub in village near Folkestone. ‘Valentines’ dinner and overnight in carpark. Chatted with a local about an aeroplane propeller displayed in the pub – turns out it belong to a Dakota which crashed in 1948. All but 9 of the 37 passengers were killed. This chap’s father (aged 14 at the time) was the first on the scene and rescued an 18 month old baby from a hedge, reuniting her with her mother. It was 70 years later that a woman now living in USA and having been shown newspaper ... read more
2 Douai Law Courts - old & new
3 Le Cateau-Cambresis Matisse Museum
4 Le Cateau-Cambresis Matisse sculpture

Europe December 12th 2010

These are just favourite or quirky pics as opposed to the hundreds we took along the way.... read more
Conniche de Gironde
Comillas mediaeval festival
San Sebastian - Playa de Ondafreta

Europe December 12th 2010

These are just favourite or quirky pics as opposed to the hundreds we took along the way.... read more
Chenonceau farm gardens
St Cyprien market

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