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18th October 2019

Buying diesel...
It used to be that fuel was cheaper in Luxemburg. Why didn't you fill up there? Anyway, I've enjoyed another of your vacations, so until next time au revoir.
19th October 2019

diesel
We filled up there on the way out and for some reason because of road closures ended up in Belgium before we knew it . Luckily the fumes got us to the supermarket in Dunkirk - just about. Not the best of holidays Bob but a nice break. Just need to sell the house now and get ready for a week away in Northern France at Christmas. Looking forward to your scottish adventure .
12th October 2019

We always stayed in Sirmione...
on the southern shore of Lake Garda..on our way south.
1st October 2019

oh no!
You have changed your plan then of driving down to the heel of Italy?? Its a long way down and yes you are right - German efficiency is so much better!! Italy is hard work - but worth it somehow!! We went to Bari on a cruise in the end and went to see the Truli houses...but there is still more places I would like to see there - Matera being one of them!! In Spain at the mo! and yes its boiling hot!!
2nd October 2019

Matera
Hi Jackie Matera is lovely . We went a few years ago and enjoyed it very much. Just been to register on a site on Lake Garda - much cooler here and we had quite heavy rain as we made our way around Bologna . The receptionist just asked me how I felt about Brexit - first time this trip. Yes it was a long drive but circumstances changed and other half was just not in the mood for it if I am honest . Although I am sure he would not say that. We are staying here a few days and then see what happens. We have all the hassle going on at home with the house . Envy you probably relaxing in very hot Spain. x
26th September 2019

Campsites
We enjoyed Italy ...but there is a bit of an edge to it! It was 4 years ago Jun 2015) we went to Sardinia, Sicily and then from Naples back up through France!. It has campsites on our blog I think!! If you get near Rome go to the Necropolis at Cerveteri! Its very different! Enjoy your trip! x
1st October 2019

iTALIANS
we have been many times but this year the Italians driving seems worse than ever . Almost got scooped up yesterday as a Fiat 500 lurched across our side of the read and headed for my side of the vehicle .Thought it was the end!!!! Been to the necropolis a few years ago. We managed to get down to Tropea and then decided too hot, too much trouble and heading north. We managed a few hilltop towns in Tuscany and currently are sitting in Citta Camping Bologna . All the Italian campsites have or are closing for the season. We think we will head for Imola tomorrow second attempt to get to the museum and race track and then to Garda if anything is open. After that Constanz and up to the Black forest . German efficiency rather than manic Italy . Decided next year we need to head north - it would be a lot quieter x
1st October 2019

iTALIANS
we have been many times but this year the Italians driving seems worse than ever . Almost got scooped up yesterday as a Fiat 500 lurched across our side of the read and headed for my side of the vehicle .Thought it was the end!!!! Been to the necropolis a few years ago. We managed to get down to Tropea and then decided too hot, too much trouble and heading north. We managed a few hilltop towns in Tuscany and currently are sitting in Citta Camping Bologna . All the Italian campsites have or are closing for the season. We think we will head for Imola tomorrow second attempt to get to the museum and race track and then to Garda if anything is open. After that Constanz and up to the Black forest . German efficiency rather than manic Italy . Decided next year we need to head north - it would be a lot quieter x
1st October 2019

iTALIANS
we have been many times but this year the Italians driving seems worse than ever . Almost got scooped up yesterday as a Fiat 500 lurched across our side of the read and headed for my side of the vehicle .Thought it was the end!!!! Been to the necropolis a few years ago. We managed to get down to Tropea and then decided too hot, too much trouble and heading north. We managed a few hilltop towns in Tuscany and currently are sitting in Citta Camping Bologna . All the Italian campsites have or are closing for the season. We think we will head for Imola tomorrow second attempt to get to the museum and race track and then to Garda if anything is open. After that Constanz and up to the Black forest . German efficiency rather than manic Italy . Decided next year we need to head north - it would be a lot quieter x
26th September 2019

And you are off again!!!
Time passes so fast. I hope the weather is much better on this trip.
26th September 2019

Hot weather
Its awfully hot Bob over 30 degrees . Us northern Brits are not used to it being so hot
25th September 2019

Campsites
We found that Italian campsites were of a very poor standard a lot of the time. We tended to try and use the ACSI sites but not always possible! Enjoy your trip! We are off to Spain on Sunday!
26th September 2019

Italy and italian campsites
Gosh I do agree , we find even the ACSI ones are rubbish here , this one we are at tonight had to pay 18 euros plus 50cents on top for a really useless 2 minute shower in a shabby shower cubicle . I often wonder how on earth they get into ACSI sometimes . Just stayed for two days in a tiny campsite not ACSI in Tropea - fresh bread and veg every morning nothign too much trouble and just a short walk into town. Hope you have a good time in Spain . It is hot here over 30 and we are sweltering . Heading back north - plans changing as they do . Should be around Rome tomorrow - got a trip planned to Anagni . Watched something on the TV a few weeks ago and want to visit . After that who knows - seems like a funny old holiday so far . x
31st July 2019

Where are you off to?
Sardinia? I was in France when the men landed on the moon!. I was 14 years old and we were on a family holiday and I distinctly remember the newspaper ' Deux Hommes sur La Lune' . You are right! You never forget!
31st July 2019

Sicily
Its Sicily and more of Italy . Been reading your blog and counting down 50 days to go . x
17th July 2019
What a beautiful castle Raglan is

Raglan Castle
Your castle pics warm my soul Jennifer. Another to add to TB's "Palaces & Castles" thread in the Photography Forum. Check 'em out. Makes me wonder what I'm missing out by not visiting Europe at all yet. We are off in six weeks on another trip of a lifetime...where there will be palaces & castles...but yet again Europe is not on our radar...so European castles will have to wait.
18th July 2019
What a beautiful castle Raglan is

you have to visit
Wales has the more castles than anywhere else in Europe apparently . You could spend weeks going round them all. Where are you off to next ?
12th July 2019

waspi
my mum still volunteers at her local school (as she has done for 45 years) and she is 85years!!! I need a job really but have told Im unemployable!!! This is because I havent worked for 12 years!! But then if I get a job, I am taking a young persons job?..........However!! We have just booked a cruise from Palma to Malaga in November........We will go to Spain in Oct prob (avoid all the brexit nonsense!!) sp should fit in travels quite well!
13th July 2019

too old
Ah you need a work coach like me . 35 years of working with customers on sickness benefit and lone parents . I could sell ice to the eskimoes. I would never tell anyone they were unemployable - think of all those transferrable skills . You are definately not doing the young out of work - most of the young we see dont want work . They want a life on the dole . Looking forward to hearing about the cruise. Not been on one since I was at school - educational one in 1966. It was fun apart from the Bay of Biscay in October !!!! You will have a fabulous time x
12th July 2019

tv
i am not sure!! it was on itv - for welsh tv.....I think it was last year sometime...im really not sure!! whoever it was, was doing a 1/2 hr programme on Waspi...
13th July 2019

tv
we still watch BBC Wales up here and S4C . Never got into the habit of watching Yorkshire rubbish . Means nothing . Prefer to hear what is going on in the Senedd
12th July 2019

RaglanCastle
mmmm...one place we would really love to visit - even more so now!!
12th July 2019

Raglan
It was lovely honestly one of the prettiest we have been in . You should go. We get our monies worth out of CADW. I spend all my working day trying to persuade people to go back into work , to retrain or upskill . Sell the benefits of volunteering all the time. Once a work coach always a work coach . Glenn is 72 and I am 67 so he wants me to retire so we can spend more time in the van. My head says it makes sense but my heart says something different. I dont feel 67 and working does keep my mind active . He has never enjoyed his retirement . He finished when he was 64 as his job was heavy. He was a kitchen fitter. I will finish if we go back home although a few months ago I was offered a transfer to Wrexham so that job might still be available . We have just booked the ferry for the end of September this morning . Making the holiday feel real. Got about 18 days off at Xmas so am dropping hints about France for Xmas :) x
11th July 2019

WASPI
I found out when I was 58yrs I had to wait until I was 66 years old! And I had given up full time work when I was 52 and just did 6 months contract work, the 6 mths off to be with Chris who was already retired! Im now deemed unemployable as I can not get work references and my computer skills are out of date!! I have had to sell my house in Bristol and down sized to Newport! And I have been on TV!!! My claim to fame!! lol. All my hopes are with the JR. x
12th July 2019

TV
what was the TV programme ? I am most curious.

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