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Europe » Estonia » Tallinn May 24th 2012

Motorhome News from Estonia Sunday 20th May 2012 I was just four years old at the outbreak of WWII. My memories of those years are somewhat vague after all that time; the fearful whine of sirens, school lessons in dark underground shelters, the drone of German aircraft overhead, the bombed out house with the lampshade on top as I walked to school, watching the VI 'buzz-bomb' gliding past the front door, our Anderson shelter, shrapnel through the front-room window, evacuation to Birmingham when the V2's started to fall around London and the VE Day street party by the local concrete-shelter. But World War II didn't end there for some. The Red Army returned to Estonia in September 1944 forcing Germany's Nazi troops to surrender, leaving the country under the dark cloud of Soviet domination once again. ... read more
Janice at Kaali Meteorite Crater
Hans-Erik at Liiva Church

Europe » Poland » Pomerania May 1st 2012

Motorhome News from Poland 1 28th April 2012 Germany, The Pied Piper of Hamelin - and along the Baltic Sea coast into eastern Poland. A weasel gambolled across the lawn on the morning before we left our home in Suffolk, prancing in and out of the flower-beds and along the patio by the front door. A badger lay dead immediately outside our front gate, stiff and cold from a night at freezing temperatures and a hundred metres along the road crows pecked at the carcass of a roe deer beside a freshly killed fox in the middle of the road. It's not as if there's a lot of traffic in our neck of the woods but it seems it is a major predator. This was not the best send-off for two wildlife enthusiasts en route for ... read more
Hameln (Hamelin) Germany
Beechwoods at Kartuzy
Jantar - Gdansk Bay

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tangier March 6th 2012

Motorhome News from Europe 49 6th March 2012 Return from Morocco: Tangier Med, Algeciras, Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, El Torcal, Nerja Caverns, Alpujarras, Cabo de Gata ‘Life begins at Seventy’ OK. Hands up. It's time to put it on the line. At 76, going on 60, I'm looking back on a mis-spent youth and a quadruple heart by-pass. That's how it was and that’s how it is. There’s no turning back, so let’s make the most of what’s left and live the joy of travel. I guess I'm not your average blogger. I seem to remember I did my last days work when I was 69 and self employed and very shortly afterwards set off with the lovely wife, Janice, on a three year non-stop journey by motorhome around Europe and North America. ... read more
Birding in the midday sun
Laguna de Fuente de Piedra

Africa » Morocco » Fès-Boulemane » Fes February 4th 2012

Motorhome News from Morocco 3 1st February 2012 Continuing our travels to Morocco by motorhome, with friends, Kit and Morag from Norfolk, UK, and Brian and Kathryn from Adelaide, Australia. From Sand in the Desert to Snow in the Mountains Todra Gorge, Erfoud, Merzouga, Midelt, Azrou, Fes, Volubilis, Chefchaouen and back to the Med. It always makes sense to read the guide books before travelling. 'This walk is best done late morning,' it said. On this advice we left our campsite a little later than usual to drive up into the Todra Gorge for some brisk hill climbing, before returning on foot for the breath-taking views with the noon-day sun on the mountains high above us. This magnificent gorge carves a great channel through the stunning 300m high vertical ochre walls of the High Atlas, a ... read more
Todra Gorge
Todra Gorge

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Todra Gorge January 28th 2012

Motorhome News from Morocco 2 22nd January 2012 Continuing our travels through Morocco by motorhome, with friends, Kit and Morag from Norfolk, UK, and Brian and Kathryn from Adelaide, Australia. The Saffron Trail - into the desert, and that red warning light is still trying to tell us something! We came to Tafraoute on an anti-clockwise route previously recommended by friends; from Tiznet on the Atlantic coast, climbing up the precipitous road into the Anti-Atlas Mountains. For the Imelda Marcos fans amongst you, Tafraoute is the place to come for shoes; the round toed Berber variety, plain or delicately embroidered, yellow for the gents and red for the ladies, all hand-made in the tiniest of dingy workshops on narrow alleys in the souk. I guess we take bread for granted back home. But it's a staple ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz January 15th 2012

Motorhome News from Morocco 1 15th January 2012 Continuing our travels through Portugal and Spain en route to Morocco by motorhome, with friends, Kit and Morag from Norfolk, UK, and Brian and Kathryn from Adelaide, Australia. The Road to Marrakech There is rubbish everywhere. The flotsam and jetsam of modern-day life. Moulay Bousselham, a pretty little seaside town with pleasant walks and an enticing beach has seen some investment in recent times - but it is alarmingly untidy. Our first impression of Morocco has been that very little is properly finished. Perhaps after all, before it's even finished it is in decay, fazed by the dry heat or more probably poor workmanship or inferior materials. In any case, when, or if, a job is all-but finished, the pile of rubbish remains; on the pavement, in the ... read more
Cistern, El-Jadida
Ali - off with Kit's bikes!

Europe » Spain » Andalusia January 5th 2012

Motorhome News from Europe 48 5th January 2012 Continuing our travels through Portugal and Spain en route to Morocco by motorhome, with friends, Kit and Morag from Norfolk, UK, and Brian and Kathryn from Adelaide, Australia. Off to Morocco! Silves, Sagres, Monchique, Tavira, El Rocio and Tangier Med, Morocco With a few days in hand before our sailing to Morocco, we had all gone our separate ways, treading water so-to-speak, and we continued west from Vilamura to Silves, the red sandstone Moorish capital of the Algarve, a walled town topped by a fascinating Cathedral - and Castle as one would expect; a true delight in the bronze glow of the falling sun. A hundred motorhomes shared a special car-park for motorhomes only here. We joined them overnight, parked up by the river for free; spacious, clean, ... read more
Alvore Estuary
Cabo de Sao Vincente

Europe » Portugal » Algarve December 29th 2011

Motorhome News from Europe 47 Limoges, France. Salamanca, Spain and into the Algarve, Portugal. It's a long way. It's a long way from our home in Norfolk, UK, to Morocco. It's certainly a long way, driving by motorhome! And it's a long way when the planned Sea France sailing, Dover to Calais, is cancelled (the fact that the Receiver has been appointed may have something to do with it but nobody told us) and we ended up sailing, half an hour later than planned, transferred by DFDS to Dunkerque! But what the heck. It's a chance to escape from the cold and damp of wintery England for a while. A chance to visit pastures new, family in France, and revisit some of our favourite haunts en route. First stop, to see daughter Sonia and her family ... read more

South America » Ecuador » North » Quito October 30th 2011

News from South America 4 Ecuador - Cuenca, Quito, The Centre of the Earth and Bellavista Lodge in the Cloudforest “Where are you off to?” my ever-smiling doctor asked when we went for our jabs before leaving home. “Peru? Wonderful!” she exclaimed. “You must get to see the Cock-of-the-Rock when you’re at Machu Picchu.” We didn’t know she liked our feathery friends until then, but we did know she had a point. The Cock-of-the-Rock is the National bird of Peru; it’s big, the size of a crow and bright orange, but we failed to find it in the rainforest around Machu Picchu though we searched the most likely spots with recent recorded sightings. “They’ve moved up into the hills to breed,” our guide there informed us. Let’s hope we have better luck in the cloud-forests of ... read more
Cuenca - Terracotta tiles
The New Cathedral - Cuenca
David's new hat!

South America » Ecuador » South » Cuenca October 25th 2011

A Taste of Ecuador Estmados Amigos, The air is thin in Quito, Ecuador's Capital City. At 2,800m we're back to the heavy breathing regime each night and even the lightest exercise is quite exhausting. But we're not here for the City tour of Quito; that comes much later, at the very end of our five-week journey to Latin America. Today we're flying eastwards, out over the Andes once more and into the Ecuadorian rainforest, the Amazon Basin, starting our two hour transfer by motorised canoe down the Napo River from Coca where we land, a somewhat seedy oil town. Here we join The Manatee, our floating hotel for the next four days. The Manatee looks a little like a mini Mississippi paddle boat; white, three decks up from the swirling river and the gentile feel of ... read more
Amazon Rainforest
Napo River
Blackwater Creek

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