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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
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

Europe » Bulgaria » Burgas Province » Obzor June 13th 2017

7th to 9thJune Batak The campsite is on the shore of Lake Batak (really a reservoir) and about 10 kms from the town of Batak. We arrived to pouring rain and thunderstorms. Apparently it hasn’t stopped raining for three weeks which is unusual for this time of year so we are told. The first evening it seemed to dry up around six. At one end of the lake was a rainbow whilst at the other end, we watched dense cloud gather and gradually creep over the surface of the water to engulf us in a white mist. The following day was just as wet so we stayed in and the day after that we left. 10th June to 12th June Sakar Hills, Biser The campsite is in the south east of Bulgaria close to the borders ... read more
Lake Batak
Roosting Chickens

Europe » Bulgaria » Blagoevgrad Province June 8th 2017

3rd to 7thJune Kromodovo near Melnik, Bulgaria Before we left Greece we stocked up with food (mainly Kalamata olives) and filled up with petrol and headed north towards the Bulgarian border. It’s the first time we have had to stop at a border and show passports. We then had to find somewhere that sold a vignette allowing us to drive on Bulgarian roads. The road is the main artery connecting Romania, Bulgaria and Greece so is used by huge freight lorries which seemed to have parked up haphazardly just past border control. We pulled up behind one lorry at a wooden hut type building that looked like it sold vignettes but on discovering it didn’t, the lorry pulled away catching the roof and edge of the cabin with its trailed and shaking the whole thing with ... read more
Inside the Kardopulov House
View of Kardopulov House
the sand pyramids

Europe » Greece » Central Macedonia June 3rd 2017

30th May to 2ndJune Paralia Pandeleimona (Olympos) Camping Poseidon is described as a traditional Greek family campsite which means it is full of long stay caravans that have been added to over the years with various shed type extensions and covered in huge tarpaulins to shade them from the ferocious summer sun. We have stayed at similar Clampett style campsites in Portugal and Spain. There are a small number of touring pitches down by the beach and we were lucky enough to get the last one. Rather than Greek families, it would appear the majority of the holiday makers are Macedonians. The whole coast is clearly tourist heaven (or hell depending on your outlook!). We cycled to the nearest main resort called Leptokarya where the beach was full of bodies frying in the sun. You can ... read more
River Enipea
Our canine companion

Europe » Greece » Thessaly June 3rd 2017

26th to 29thMay Kato Gatzea near Volos It’s back to the coast and a lovely campsite called Sikia run by two sisters. The campsite is busy, partly due to a big group of cloggies. We were offered a tiny patch with a view of the sea but opted instead for a more spacious pitch with a view of the sea if you crane your head to the right. Behind us is the Pelian, a mountain range that has a small ski resort at the summit. There is a network of cobbled paths that link the hillside villages with each other and the coast. After buying a map we planned a couple of days walking but first we decided to cycle along the coast. We passed through the lovely seaside villages of Kala Nera where we stopped ... read more
Cycling into Koropi
A nice wide cobbled path
The Pelion Railway

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Kalambaka May 26th 2017

Monday 22ndMay Cycling Tour of Meteora We travelled up to Kastraki yesterday through stunning mountains and across wide plains. In the mountains, the overriding colour is the yellow of the blooming broom trees, their flowers scenting the air. Kastraki is a small village in the Meteora area and sits at the base of huge pillars of rock. It is truly like scenery from some fantasy film. The huge rock monoliths appear initially to be smooth rock faces but as you get closer you see that they have indents and grooves that have been shaped over thousands of years. We ate in the campsite restaurant (very delicious) as the shops don’t open on a Sunday. Today we headed to the big town of Kalambaka to the supermarket to stock up. After lunch we went for a cycle ... read more
Monastary in Meteora
Rock pillars
Another monastary

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