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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Grazalema November 15th 2004

Motorhome News from Europe 10. Spain November 2004 Return to British soil: Fascinating Gibraltar, Estepona, delightful Ronda, breathtaking Grazalema Natural Park, Zahara de la Sierra, Alora, Antequera and Laguna de Fuente de Pietra. Our journey this week has taken us from Tarifa, the southernmost point of mainland Europe, eastwards to Gibraltar - fast (in an hour or so) along the Costa del Sol beyond Estepona and then northwards to Ronda in the mountains. We then headed east and north through Alora with Antequera in our sights. A week of walking, stunning scenery, wildlife, and just a small pinch of culture. Well, you can only take so much culture, can’t you? We left Jimena, 30km north of Algeciras, heading for Gibraltar in the hope of seeing it in sunshine after yesterday’s rain delayed our trip. I guess ... read more
'At last,' she cried. 'M&S!'

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan November 6th 2004

Motorhome News from Europe 9. Spain November 2004 Donana National Park, Huelva, Cadiz, Cabo de Trafalgar, Seville, Jerez, Tarifa and Old Tangiers First of all, I have to add a footnote to our last newsletter which omitted one particular birding day when heading south from Monfrague to Aracena, where we spent a whole day driving along potholed narrow back roads, hunting for bustards. We saw numerous red kites, buzzards, black shouldered kites, great grey shrike, hoopoes and EIGHT LITTLE BUSTARDS - yes, they really do exist! More recently here on the south coast of Spain, our bird sightings are of Flamingos, Egrets, Stilts and more Kingfishers. We’ve found wetlands on the border between Portugal and Spain and again in the Donana National Park and around the estuary of the Quadalquivir River between Huelva and Cadiz. Aren’t ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia October 30th 2004

Motorhome News from Europe 8. Spain 30th October 2004 Heading south from Extremadura into Andalucia. Yesterday’s rain provided a welcome boost to the many local reservoirs, quenching for a brief moment the unstoppable thirst of the Costas to the south. The blue skies of morning were peppered with fluffy clouds as we left Merida and the Monfrague National Park. Our road rose from the cork and holm oak slopes of the river valley to fertile groves on top hat hillsides and beyond to the open plains. A wide panorama of Fenland proportions, rolling like the swell of a heavy sea in a chequered display of olives, vines, fruit trees and maize stubble grazed by black pigs; vast fields stretching seemingly a hundred miles to the mountains, a misty purple in the autumn sunshine. A stop at ... read more

Europe » Spain » Extremadura October 20th 2004

Motorhome News from Europe 7. Portugal 20th October 2004 Portuguese Palaces and villages - and into Spain Estoril, Cabo da Roca, Cascais, Sintra, Lisbon, Extremadura, Monfrague National Park. Tempted by continued spring like weather, we checked out the golf at a hotel complex near Estoril. ‘Are you staying in the hotel?', the receptionist asked. 'No? Then it’ll be €150 each for 18 holes. It would be best for you to book on the internet,’ then it’s only €130!’ At that sort of money we decided to give it a miss. Besides, there were too many other things to do. A short drive took us out to the most westerly point in mainland Europe, at Cabo da Roca, where we found a good campsite near Cascais, which we used as a touring base for a few days. ... read more
A touch of Portugal
Pena Palace
Monastery do Jeronimos

Europe » Portugal » Northern » Porto October 6th 2004

Motorhome News from Europe 6. Portugal 6th October 2004. Into Portugal from the North Santiago de Compostella, Baiona, Castro de Santa Tegra, Barca, Porto, Costa Nova do Prado, Figueira da Foz, Batalha, Obidos, Sao Martinho do Porto Travelling with only an outline plan pencilled on a sheet of A4 is a continuous adventure built upon expectations and reality, and shaping memories; new, exciting, revealing - and sometimes even disappointing. This week has not failed us as we journey south from Santiago de Compostella towards Lisbon. Come then weary pilgrim, sit beside me; waggle your toes in the cool sand and close your eyes. Picture out there beyond the Atlantic breakers of Baiona, the tip of the white sails of the Pinta on the horizon as Christopher Columbus returns from the Americas, a new land of hope ... read more
Castro de Santa Tegra
This is the Portugal we came to see
Bom Jesus

Europe » Spain » Galicia October 3rd 2004

Motorhome News from Europe 5 Spain. October 3rd 2004 Galicia From the Picos mountains to Santiago de Compostela. The Picos snared our hearts with its ragged mountains; its ever-changing skies and stunning green valleys etched in our minds. But after four days we both felt that we needed a break from mountain driving Picos style: narrow, steep, hair-pins, sheer drops, no parking places, no passing places and no turning places. Certainly not motor-home friendly, but oh, so very, very beautiful. With some fabulous hikes and equally stunning weather we had ventured on foot high into the mountains and will remember forever our first hike which we called, 'walking with choughs', because both Alpine and Common Choughs accompanied us most of the way. A small group of chamois posed for us on the rocky hills and griffon ... read more
Mountain meadows
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela

Europe » Spain » Basque Country September 28th 2004

Motorhome News from Europe 4 France - and into Spain!. 28th September 2004 The Pyrenees and Picos It is now just four weeks since our journey began, every day another adventure with new towns and villages, wild open spaces and tree covered hillsides, another mountain to climb, new faces, time for meaningful conversation, and to make new friends. Our journey has taken us through the valleys of the Chateau on the Loire to the verdant pastures of the Dordogne and the Lot, and south into the vineyards of Bordeaux and the beeches and forests of the Atlantic coast. Our first sighting of the Pyrenees was from Lourdes some ten days ago where we turned south-east, then back, south and west, enjoying the spectacle of both French and Spanish mountains and tree lined valleys. In the past ... read more
The Pyrenees

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes September 21st 2004

Motorhome News from Europe 3 France. 21st September 2004 Bordeaux and South along the Atlantic Coast Having said farewell to Sonia in Limoges, we headed through heavy rain west to Bordeaux country and the wine town of St Emilion, a name surely on everybody’s lips at some time in their lives. There were vineyards as far as the eye could see in every direction, purple grapes just about ready for harvesting and every cave in the town seemed to be selling wine and sign after elaborate sign seemed to point to yet another chateaux. St Emilion itself is immaculate and drools with money - a place to admire, a centre of commerce - but not a place to live, Janice would tell you. At last the temperature was dropping, now approaching 18C from a sweltering 37C ... read more
St Emillion

Europe September 12th 2004

Motorhome News from Europe 2. France. 15th September 2004 A Week in the Dordogne There will surely come a time when the concept of this three-year journey will turn from holiday-maker to traveller, but it will take a change in the weather to tilt the balance. With temperatures in the high 30’s since our arrival in France, the prospect seems a long way off. The Dordogne has welcomed us with its terracotta fields, drilled like corduroy behind the plough, the autumn sun filtering through chestnut and oak tunnelled roads opening suddenly on to rolling wooded slopes, valleys of maize and tobacco, and mellow stone villages perched high on distant hillsides. Fields of sunflowers bow their dark heads in sorrow now for the passing of a summer of a million smiles. Sarlat la Caneda, at The Dordogne's ... read more
Atlantic coast
Atlantic coast
The Dordogne

Europe September 8th 2004

Motorhome News from Europe 1. France. September 1st 2004 D Day, The Loire Valley and French Chateaux Rouen - Chartres - Chambord - Villesavin - Cheverny - Chaumont - Chenenceaux - Amboise (Clos de Luce) - Azay-le-Rideau - Dordogne Valley This trip has been so long in the planning it is hard to believe it has finally begun. Janice has been persuaded to retire from teaching a handful of years early, our house rented out for three years to the highest bidder and all our furniture and chattels safely stored. There’s no turning back now, our new home is on four wheels, a little over 6m long and 2.5m wide, powered by a 2.8 turbo diesel and sparkling white. Smiley, our Autotrail motorhome, has been gradually packed over the last month: clean sheets and pillows, pots ... read more
The Chateaux of the Loire

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