Heather O'Neill

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Heather O'Neill




Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Walchsee July 1st 2019

16th June to 21stJune We came on a three week holiday to Slovenia six years ago in our first campervan. It was during that trip that I decided to take the leap from having a permanent job to picking up ad hoc work in between doing some travelling. I loved Slovenia then and being back has reminded me why. The scenery is stunning everywhere you look. Even the more industrial towns look beautiful sitting in lush green valleys with a backdrop of wooded hills and grey jagged mountain peaks. We spent our first couple of nights in Slovenia in Camping Menina in Varpolje, east of the Julian Alps. We spent a day doing some cycling through picturesque villages before moving on to Camp Danica at Bohinjska Bistrica. It was a bit of a revelation when realised ... read more
Mostnica Waterfall
Camp Spik, Kranjska Gora
Austria, East Tyrol, cooling off in the snow

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Motovun June 17th 2019

Friday 31stMay to Wednesday 5th June Cres-Losinj Islands The forecast has improved and we are in for some sunshine again. The ferry to Porozina on the north of Cres was straight forward. Cres is the second biggest Croatian island but is sparsely populated and seems only to have one road from the port along the island. The road is in the process of being improved and made for an interesting driving experience as traffic unloading from the ferry met traffic coming towards the port. We stopped off in Cres Town for provisions before crossing the narrow channel at Osor (a tiny walled town) that separates Cres from the island of Losinj. This was to be a two centre visit where we enjoyed exploring the islands both on foot and by bike. Our first campsite was about ... read more
Mali Losinj
Looking down on Mali Losinj with the rest of Losinj in the distance
Pula

Europe » Croatia » Istria » Medulin June 6th 2019

Thursday 16thMay Krka National Park We are now in Northern Dalmatia We arrived at the campsite yesterday and booked on a guided tour of the National park for today – our first rain free sunny day for a while. The park covers an area of 109 km squared of the Krka River. It includes waterfalls that have been built from travertine, limestone that has settled out of the water and accumulated, which apparently is quite a rare phenomenon. The park is also home to a wealth of plant species, fish and a stopping off place for migratory birds. It also shows evidence of human habitation since prehistoric times and includes the remnants of the former Krka Hydro-power plant which began operations in 1895 just two days after the first hydro-power plant in the world (in the ... read more
Krka National Park
Admiring the wildlife
The necklaces

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Trogir May 20th 2019

Sorry, I'm a bit behind with my blog - to busy having fun...………….. Thursday 2nd May to Saturday 4th May Ston We are now retracing our steps back to Split. We passed Ston on the way down to Dubrovnik but the nearest campsite didn’t open until 1st May. The campsite is about four kilometres outside of Ston at Prapratno tucked into a steep sided small bay with the car ferry to Mljet leaving from a jetty at one end. It is an idyllic setting. We found a walking path to Ston that avoided the road and took us past smallholdings with vegetable patches, strawberry fields, cherry orchards, vines, olive trees and beehives. I have seen a few snakes on our walks up in the mountains but today John overtook me in the snake spotting stakes after ... read more
Lunching on oysters
Makarska and the Biokovo Mountains
Walking in the Biokovo National Park

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Mlini May 1st 2019

Happy May Day Monday 22/04/2019 to 27/04/2019 Orebić, Peljesac peninsular The port of Ploče was an interesting place. With it being Easter Monday, the inhabitants were gathered in the town square enjoying a loud PA system blasting out music, stalls of food and drink and a giant straw rabbit with real baby bunnies running around its base trying to avoid being prodded by small children through the wire fence. We arrived early for the ferry and were a little disappointed that the Lidl wasn’t open (that’s bank holidays for you!). We tried to find somewhere to park up (after already being moved on by a port official) and were rescued by a man in a big white van shouting “follow me”. We didn’t feel we could refuse such an offer and after a couple of minutes ... read more
On the ferry to Trpanj
Korčula Town
Signing the visitor book at the sumit of Mount Ilija

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




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