Roger and Wendy

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Roger and Wendy

Our motorhome travels.

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Europe » United Kingdom » England July 28th 2019

28 July 2019 An early Eurotunnel train and reasonably quiet UK motorways delivered us home at midday. Our visit to the three Balkan States was an interesting and enjoyable trip. We were particularly impressed at how important it was to the three populations to finally gain their independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 following major traumas in the First and Second World Wars. It was also a privilege to join a large part of the Estonian population in celebrating their musical heritage at the Tallin Song and Dance festivals. On 17 April this year Wendy had a right shoulder replacement operation and it had only just healed enough for us to join the trip. It was very pleasing to see how she became pain free whilst we travelled and her movement improved day by day. ... read more

Europe » France July 27th 2019

26 – 27 July 2019 Having made our farewells to the rest of the group we spent two days, first in very hot and then in very wet weather, driving 750k on German, Dutch, Belgian and French motorways to our usual aire at Bergues.... read more

Europe » Germany July 25th 2019

25 July 2019 In hot weather, we spent the day crossing the Baltic, sailing with Germany to the south and Denmark to the north. We arrived at Keil at 5.00 pm and drove 30k south to our campsite outside the German town of Neumunster.... read more
This looked like a load of turbine blades
Hello Keil
Sorting out a water supply at the campsite

Europe » Lithuania July 24th 2019

24 July 2019 We left the Curonian Spit today and returned to Klaipeda on the mainland to catch the overnight Baltic ferry to Keil in Germany. On the way we had a couple of interesting stops. Half way up the spit there is the resort of Juodkrante where we inspected the sand sculptures created by a symposium of Artists held this summer and had a lunch of smoked fish, a local produce. After catching the ferry from the spit to Klaipeda, the afternoon was enjoyable wandering through the cobbled streets and squares of the old town and strolling around a huge sculpture park in the lovely early evening sunshine.... read more
An example
Tucking into smoked seabass
A Klaipeda old town street

Europe » Lithuania July 23rd 2019

23 July 2019 A relaxing day which enabled us to recover from the previous evening’s festivities. We walked up the nearby Parnidis Dune and finally got round to having a swim in the Baltic.... read more
A giant sundial on the summit
Looking along the Curonian Spit into Russia with the lagoon on the left and the Baltic on the right
 The dunes overlook a very attractive bay

Europe » Lithuania July 22nd 2019

22 July 2019 There is a cycle path running the length of the Curonian Spit and we cycled the first 15k of it to the village of Pervalka where we had fish soup for lunch in a restaurant overlooking the lagoon. Although most of us are starting the journey home by ferry through the Baltic to Keel in Germany, today was the last day of the actual tour and we had a very enjoyable farewell dinner in the campsite restaurant which enabled us to reflect on the experiences the group had shared over the last four weeks.... read more
Lunchtime bird watching
Pervalka had a number of thatched buildings. Some in good order
And some not so good

Europe » Lithuania July 21st 2019

21 July 2019 Behind the Curonian Spit there is a huge lagoon and on the mainland a low lying delta where the River Nemunas breaks up into many smaller channels before reaching the sea. The Nemunas Delta is a national park and the the home to many species of land and sea birds. We had a magnificent day long boat trip across the lagoon and into the delta.... read more
Our boat for the day
The captain explaining or route
The port of Nida is backed by some of the sand dunes which run down the spit

Europe » Lithuania July 20th 2019

20 July 2019 From Rundale Palace we drove South into Lithuania and after 50k stopped to look at the Hill of Crosses. This a small hillock where Lithuanians from across the world have planted hundreds of thousands of large and small, elaborate or simple devotional and memorial crosses in a haphazard way. The Lithuanians kept it going during the Soviet era despite the authorities attempts to outlaw the practice. We found the place quite disturbing and commercialised , but when Pope John Paul II held a mass there in 1993 he suggested that a monastery be built as a place of prayer. This now stands 100m away. We then continued 200k back to the coast and the port of Klaipeda where we had a short ferry ride to the long and narrow Curonian Spit. We drove ... read more
The Hill of Crosses
The jumbled mass
Small crosses were fixed to large ones

Europe » Latvia July 19th 2019

19 July 2019 A busy but very memorable day. We started by driving 50k southwards along the coast to the village of Jurkalne where we found a remote and beautiful beach which unusually for the Baltic was backed by fairly high sandstone cliffs. Inland from Jurkalne is a small enclave peopled by the catholic Suiti people who speak a distinct Latvian dialect and have a unique traditional dress and method of singing. We stopped off at the main village in the area, Alsunga, and were impressed how much effort is being put into maintaining the local traditions. Then it was a 180k drive south west to Rundale Palace, an ostentatious building and gardens built for Baron Ernst Johann Biron. We had a guided tour round the inside, dinner in the restaurant and finally a walk around ... read more
Looking in the other direction. As ever in the Baltic, threes come right up to the edge of the cliff and some had toppled over.
Alsunga’s Livornian medieval castle
Its lake and church

Europe » Latvia July 18th 2019

18 July 2019 We had a group coach trip to Kuldiga, an inland town 60k south east of Ventspils. Kuldiga is on the River Venta and there is a 2.5 m high waterfall spanning the river’s 240m width. The locals claim that it is the widest in Europe.... read more
This timber framed building used to be a pharmacy
The waterfall
Kevin and Nurcan waded the river above the fall




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