Roger and Wendy

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Roger and Wendy

Our motorhome travels.

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Europe » United Kingdom » England October 27th 2014

27 October 2014 We got up early, went through the Channel Tunnel on a train an hour earlier then we had booked and arrived home in the late morning. This has been an exceptional eight week expedition to Greece with, except for one wet day, glorious weather the whole time although it was a little hotter than we would have liked during September. By being able to visit Crete, Santorini, Athens and Venice as well as exploring the Peloponnese we have achieved everything we had planned. The beautiful coastal and inland scenery, the organised chaos on the ferries, the remains left by ancient civilisations which were way ahead of their time and the food and drink we have been served by friendly taverna owners will all linger in the memory. We drove 4,600 miles.... read more

Europe » France October 26th 2014

26 October 2014 Another 550k of driving through France and Belgium all on free motorways to our usual camper stop before crossing the Channel at the walled town of Bergues just inland from Dunkerque.... read more

Europe » France October 25th 2014

25 October 2014 We said goodbye to Dick and Angie, drove about 350k north through Switzerland and France and stayed on an camper stop on the Moselle canal in the small town of Thaon-les-Vosges.... read more

Europe » France October 24th 2014

24 October 2014. The serious driving across Europe to get home started today. To begin we went 250k eastwards to Milan, then across the Alps via the Simplon Pass before making our way to the home of Dick and Angie Anderson in the French alpine resort of Châtel where we ski every January. A very pleasant evening was had in their company.... read more

Europe » Italy October 23rd 2014

23 October 2014 The best way to experience Venice is to wander the streets, admiring its many attractive campos (small squares), churches and other buildings that appear around every corner, watch the comings and goings of the various boats as you cross the canals by the myriad of bridges and discuss navigation with the other tourists who are just as lost as yourselves. Today with the help of the vaporetto we did just that and had a wonderful time exploring several areas of the city and visiting the places shown in the photos. Our time in Venice ended in the perfect way with a ride up the Grand Canal as the disk fell.... read more
Some of the more attractive buildings on the Grand Canal, shame about the adverts
The church on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore with a modern sculpture in the foreground and its campanile behind
The view from the campanile is the best in Venice

Europe » Italy October 22nd 2014

22 October 2014 We last visited Venice about 11 years ago and with some excitement took the bus into town to re-acquaint ourselves with this famous venue. From the station it was the vaporetto, the water buses. We had meant to go along the Grand Canal but got on the wrong boat and finished up being taken along the southern edge of the city. This turned out well as in the bright and sunny weather it gave magnificent first views of the famous buildings. On arrival we joined the throng of tourists and started our day with a tour of the Palazzo Ducal. For several hundreds of years during its most influential period Venice was ruled over by the doge and an intricate system of elected committees and councils. The Palazzo Ducal was the residence of ... read more
Bridge of Sighs
Relaxing gondoliers
The best room in the Palazzo Ducal, the stupendous Sala del Maggior Consiglio, the council chamber

Europe » San Marino October 21st 2014

21 October 2014 San Marino is one of the world’s oldest republics being founded in 1243 and the only surviving Italian city state. It has two heads of state called Captains Regent and each holds office for six months each year. The old town, dominated by three castles is built along the ridge of Mount Titano giving extensive views in all directions. We caught the bus from the campsite to the old town and spent a pleasant morning wandering along its narrow streets and walking along the ridge between the castles. After lunch we continued our journey northward for 220 k to Venice where we plan to spend the next couple of days.... read more
Piazza della Liberta and the Public Palace, the seat of government
Looking over the modern town of San Marino and to the Adriatic coast
There was an attractive small garden with some modern sculptures overlooking the nearby hills

Europe » Italy October 19th 2014

20 October 2014 The day passed on board eating, taking part in a trial evacuation of the ship, completing some paperwork with the chief mate regarding the accident, and catching up with emails and the blog. The chief mate kindly organised the temporary replacement of the broken windows with tape, plastic and card so we are able to continue with our travels without delay. We received an enormous amount of help and compassion from the campervan owners who saw the accident for which we are very grateful. We docked at 17.00 and after some delay offloading and clearing customs we were on our way to drive north the 120k to the campsite San Marino, arriving in the dark about 20.45.... read more

Europe » Greece October 19th 2014

19 October 2014 We continued to drive westward along the Gulf Of Corinth and found a pleasant place to park the van for lunch just outside a pretty seaside town. We were by a small sandy beach and enjoyed a last Greek swim in the calm and clear waters. Then it was onward to Patras to catch the evening ferry back to Ancona in Italy. Unfortunately loading did not go smoothly. The crew member directing us to reverse into our parking spot did not notice that the van behind had a bike rack until we hit it, damaging both of our rear doors.... read more
The damage
Bye bye Greece after six and a half wonderful weeks

Europe » Greece October 18th 2014

18 October 2014 We were up early to catch the 08.45 train. The Daikofto to Kalavryta narrow gauge rack and pinion railway was designed by French engineers, built by a mix of Italian and Greek labour and opened in 1895. It climbs 700m in 22.5k between the steep sides of the Vouraikos Gorge passing through tunnels, crossing bridges, screeching around impossibly tight bends and at times clinging to a ledge above the tumbling river. It gave us a memorable hour’s ride. On 13 December 1943 the occupying German army set fire to Kalavryta and massacred nearly all the male inhabitants (498 people) in reprisal for the execution of some of their own troops by the resistance fighters. We visited the museum in the old schoolhouse which records this event and the memorial on the hillside above ... read more
Gorge sides and railway ledge above the river
A narrow side gorge
The cobbles in the main street of Vouraikos include a representation of the railway lines

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