Heather O'Neill

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Heather O'Neill




Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Gradac April 21st 2019

Happy Easter. Yes, it is that time of year and we are back on the road again. For those of you we haven't already bored silly with our plans, we are exploring Croatia over the next couple of months. We left Manchester two weeks ago and arrived in Croatia last Tuesday. We stopped off a couple of times on the way down to catch the ferry from Ancona in Italy, the first being on the France / German border at Neuf-Brisach. It is a fortified town designed and built by Vauban at the behest of King Louis XIV in 1699. If you read our blog last year then you should know all about Vauban. I certainly feel that I now have a good grasp of his talents and have admired most of his fortifications. The ramparts ... read more
John eyes up our next motorhome in San Marino
San Marino's skyline
Breakfast on the beach after arriving in Croatia

Europe » France » Alsace » Strasbourg June 30th 2018

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June Besancon We have enjoyed a city break over the last three days. The old town of Besancon nestles in a loop of the Doubs River, surrounded by hills and dominated by the rocky outcrop upon which stands the impressive citadel designed by Vauban. We spent a day exploring the well preserved citadel which houses several museums covering the history of the citadel, local life and a museum of French Resistance and Deportation. The citadel was occupied by the Germans in the Second World War and 100 Frenchmen were executed within its walls for being part of the french resistance. The citadel also has a small zoo, insectarium and aquarium. We had a day exploring the city itself which is very charming. It was home to many famous people; Victor Hugo ... read more
Zoo in the citadel
Roman gate, Besancon
Theatre du Peuple, Bussang

Europe » France » Burgundy June 13th 2018

Saturday 2ndJune We have left the Loire valley and are heading east towards the Jura Mountains. We have broken the journey with a stay in Saulieu in the Natural Park of Morvan in the Burgundy region. There is plenty of walking in the area which is undulating and mainly forested. According to the leaflets, Saulieu has a number of selling points including it being the capital of the Christmas trees, exporting hundreds of thousands of trees each festive season. Before our walk today, we had a look around the town. The weekly market was in full swing with shoppers being entertained by a lovely young man on the guitar playing the most amazing flamenco style music. The only thing letting him down was his choice of shoes, horrible trainers with individual toes – yuck! We found ... read more
Pompon's Polar Bear, Saulieu
Herrison Waterfalls walk
Four lakes walk

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire June 3rd 2018

Wednesday 16thMay Angers We are camped at the small village of Brain-sur-Authion, east of Angers and north of the Loire. We have a map showing a number of circular bike routes taking in the Loire river and the surrounding countryside. Today we cycled west along the Loire to where the mouth of the River Maine flows into it. We then headed north up the Maine until we reached Angers. We had driven through the sprawling suburbs of the city yesterday to find a supermarket and had missed seeing any of the old town. Approaching from the river, the sight that greeted us today was the massive walls of Chateau d’Angers with its black and white stone battlements and 17 watchtowers. We parked our bikes and went to explore further. The moat of the chateau (which has ... read more
Enjoying a beer in Saumar
Troglodytes
Le Mystere Des Faluns

Europe » France » Pays-de-la-Loire May 14th 2018

Wednesday 2ndMay We are camped at Port l’Epine on the opposite side of the bay to the town of Perros-Guirec. The coast-line is a little less dramatic than the Côtes D’Armor, there aren’t any high cliffs. Instead, the bays are decorated with pink granite rock formations. We have walked a little more of the GR 34. After setting up camp yesterday we walked east, admiring the knitted sea life creatures that were scattered around the village and port (think scarecrow festival but with all sea related things knitted). Today we walked around the sweeping bay to Perros-Guirec which is a lovely little town that straddles a hilly peninsular with a harbour on one side and golden sandy beaches on the other. The sea was out when we walked back so we were able to walk across ... read more
Roscoff
Pointe des Espagnols
Morgat

Europe » France » Brittany » Paimpol April 30th 2018

Sorry - no photo's. The wifi connection isn't good and doesn't support uploading photos. Tuesday 17th April The sun is out. I might have to consider shaving my legs! We are camped just outside a small village called Etreham half way between the coast and Bayeux. Today we cycled towards the coast and Port-en-Bessin-Huppain, a charming little fishing harbour. Climbing back up the steep hill from the town, we followed the coast road around to Colleville-sur-Mer and enjoyed lunch on the easterly tip of Omaha beach, one of the beaches where allied troops landed on 6th June 1944 as part of the D-day landings. The landing at Omaha beach is considered one of the bloodiest in terms of the difficulty landing on the beach and the resistance the American soldiers encountered. The Normandy American Cemetery just ... read more
Les Braves
Vierville-sur-Mer
The Bayeux Tapestry

Europe » France » Upper Normandy » Dieppe April 16th 2018

Wednesday 11th April We left home on Tuesday and stayed overnight at the Horsley campsite. It is described as being set around a lake but in reality it is more like a large pond. The amount of rain however meant that each pitch was a small lake in itself. We arrived late afternoon and this combined with the miserable weather meant we didn't venture out to explore the area. We left the next morning in thick fog. As we got closer to the south coast, the fog cleared and the sun came out. We stopped off in Brighton for a walk and lunch on the beach before heading on to our campsite at Seaford. Brighton was busy with holiday makers and french students. We first stayed at the Buckle caravan site at Seaford in 2013. I ... read more
the Avenue Verte
Honfleur harbour
The wooden bell tower of St Catherine's

Europe » France » Nord-Pas de Calais July 8th 2017

Saturday 8thJuly By the time you read this, we will be home….. After leaving Romania, we spent the rest of our time wandering back to Calais through Hungary, Austria, Germany and Belgium before spending our last two nights on the Opal coast in France. In Hungary we camped on the Danube and cycled to Tata, a pretty town built along the shore of a large lake. A smaller lake close by was created by Count Esterhazy who bought the town and built a summer house surrounded by an English garden complete with folly and fake ruins. In Austria, we stayed at Tulln, another picturesque town. We cycled around the centre and then further afield exploring the surrounding smaller villages. How refreshing to cycle on the flat for a change, although a strong headwind made sure we ... read more
St Stephen's cathdral, Passau
Art Street, Passau
Town Hall, Passau

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov July 1st 2017

Wednesday 21stJune Vampire Camping Bran Romania customs after crossing the Danube was a slow affair as each vehicle was thoroughly checked and our passport and van documents thoroughly examined. We bought a vignette for seven days and headed to the mountains and the small town of Bran. Initially the landscape of the Danube delta was flat with fields of sunflowers in full bloom interspersed with wheat and other crops. At the pretty town of Campulung, the road started to climb and deteriorate. Road improvements meant frequent stops at temporary traffic lights. Then the storm started and road flooded with the torrential rain. Impatient Romanian drivers and huge articulated lorries added to the excitement as did the fact that the temperature had dropped dramatically from 32 degrees to 14 degrees resulting in a very steamed up windscreen. ... read more
Castle Bran again
Monty the Carpathian mountain dog
Curmatura refuge


Wednesday 14thJune The campsite is just outside the town of Veliko Tarnovo. It is lovely, overlooking a gentle valley with fields of wheat and sunflowers. It has a swimming pool, bar and restaurant. On the first couple of days here, we have done a morning walk through the fields to a neighbouring village and a cycle ride taking in five different villages in this valley and the next. Along with farmland, the area is full of fruit orchards. Cherries are in abundance at the moment. We have spent the afternoons in the shade and by the pool. I have actually been swimming in this one!! Saturday and Sunday were a respite from the sweltering heat – it rained. Whilst we listened to the radio telling us of record temperatures in the UK, we put on our ... read more
Craft Street, Veliko Tarnovo
The fort, Veliko Tarnovo
The Monkey House




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