Ronald Mackintosh

Ronnie and Eunice

Ronald Mackintosh

Just enjoy travelling.



Europe » Greece » Thrace » Alexandroupoli November 9th 2010

Well folks its time to sample the wonders of the great and historic country that is Greece and all the modern day pearls of driving on Greek roads. After all the driving through Europe and Turkey it never stops to amaze me how drivers only apply the rules of the road that suits their particular needs. I have to say I have went native a few times myself to survive with lots of hand gestures and mutterings. Our Greek adventure started in Alexandroupoli a reasonable sized town close to where we crossed over from Turkey. We spent two days here and had some nice walks along the seafront but the weather had taken a turn for the worse and we had to break out the wet weather gear that hadn't been used in months. Its a ... read more
That boxing mans house
Eunice lecturing
Built to last

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Didyma November 8th 2010

Well thats been a quick six months, left Didim today as our visa run out on the 8th November and the car shortly after. Its a long drive to the Turkish border at Ipsala it took us twelve hours until we arrived at the same hotel we had used six months ago. We shortened the route again by taking the ferry from Canakkale to Eceabat. The area around here has a lot of history right up to the ANZAC campaign. Long and not so interesting journey to get here as we were on a mission so we didnt get held at the border due to it being the last day on our visa. Passed through border with not a lot of trouble. Into Greece checked into our hotel in Alexandroupoli knackered. We have done so much ... read more
Eunice and Gemma
Night out
D & E

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean May 17th 2010

Hi Folks. Left Komarna on the final leg of our journey to Turkey, not really knowing what to expect after all the unrest in this region. We crossed the border into Bosnia to get to Dubrovnik ın Croatia as country ıs split in two to allow Bosnia access to the sea. Headed south where we got a 10 minute ferry crossıng to Budva in Montenegro. From there we headed over the mountains and stayed the night in a ski resort. Glad to report no snow but loads of rain. This hotel looked very strange and was definitely a throw back to the communist era. Had worst breakfast ever of omelette and bread could only be descibed as a heart attack on a plate. Left hotel headıng for Kosovo border but we ended up at Serbıan Border, ... read more
Troya
Cannakle Ferry
Boznia

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik May 9th 2010

Hi Folks Set off for Komarna, a small fishing village, 70km north of Dubrovnik in Croatia, where we had booked an apartment for the week startýng 8 May. Left the hotel in Noventa di Piave, outside Venice about 11am and headed for Split for the nýght via Slovenia. Booked a guesthouse with parking for the Kangoo one night. The satnav has given up completely with no maps for Eastern Europe at all. Bought the vignette required for drivýng on Slovenian roads at the border with Italy. It was a long drive to Split and very quýet as Eunice and me had fallen out and the sat Nav had stopped talkýng to me as well. Eventually arrýved at our choosen accommodatýon whých was located ýn Owners house very close to old town Split. This is a very ... read more
Part of festival in Split
Kravic Falls in Bosnia
Apartment in Komarna

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice May 6th 2010

Hi Folks a short drive to Venice thats until the blasted garmin started its games again. Its turning out to a right pain and not delivering what it said on the tin when I bought it. Took us round in circles for ages before we had to stop and ask someone for directions. Got to hotel where great receptionist checked us in and printed off times of the trains to Venice. Used local trains to go into venice for the day. Fell foul of the cardinal sin of buying food without asking how much and got stung even though we know better and were well warned about Venice prices. Anyway paid 38 euro for two slices of very nice Pizza and two cans of Fanta. How stupid do we feel. Lets move on, Venice what a ... read more
St Marks Square
St Marks Square
What can I say!!

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Peccioli May 5th 2010

Hi folks Finshed of our camping and packed away all the gear, made bringing it all that way worth it. Booked an apartment in Tuscany for a week looks great on web site, based on an Organic farm estate. Owners as part of deal has agreed to supply some of there products for our stay. When we arrived through the biggest thunder storm that we had ever witnessed. Glad we were not camping here as it rained all day. True to their word we were presented with free range eggs, Organic olive oil, Organic wine, home made pasta, Local Honey and home made bread. All were sampled and tasted really great. During our time here we visited Pisa, Florence and Volterra. All were great for different reasons. But my highlight was Volterra. An ancient fully walled ... read more
Volterra
In Pisa
florence

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice April 25th 2010

Hi Folks As Ronnie has hit a creative block, I am writing this entry for him. Arrived in the city of Nice in southern France. Had to do a lot of reasearch to find accommodation that was cheap for 2 nights. Settled on Ibis Hotel near airport with private parking for the Kangoo. Dumped car, checked in and then headed into Nice for a look around. The weather was cloudy and cold. Had something to eat and came back to hotel to research best way into Monaco. Next day got up and took local bus to bus station (in the pouring rain) and caught local bus to Monaco. It didn't stop raining all day but still visited palace, casino and walked around the old town. Place was full of scaffolding for the Grand Prix in May. ... read more
Monaco casino
Monaco Skyline
Nice Boats

Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Nice April 23rd 2010

Hi Folks as you can see back in france weather dry and nice, decided to look at staying in area called Petit Camargue stunning area full of waterways and little islands, cycle routes golf course and all the things that we look for on our travels, perfect. Or so it would seem full of anticipation we even decided to try our hand at camping, bearing in mind we have only ever camped once in the recent past and this left a scar on Eunice and her friend Susan remember the toilets girls. We found a marvelous site and Eunice gave her seal of approval to the toilets as I reflected on life with a beer waiting on her return. Deal was quickly struck, staying for 4 days all in the garden was rosie. Nice man showed ... read more
Scenic route
Still up high
heading back down

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Perpignan April 19th 2010

Hi Folks After two days waiting to see if flights would go ahead decided to cancel and request the money back from easyjet an easy task you would think, how wrong was that thought, numerous e-mails, several phone calls eventually got them to agree refund on 5th May some three weeks later, spitting feathers mental note remember not to send Stelious xmas card. Rant over. Headed of to San Jordie staying on a Golf course gander free I may add. Booked and played golf enjoyed so much stayed for three nights. Had to take Eunice to hospital not well, what a service not a word used hand signs and signals. Full check up all within 3 hours would have taken months on NHS, respect Spanish health service well done, many thanks. Eunice given medication and told ... read more
Eunice at play
Only a par
Starting to get a complex

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada April 14th 2010

Hi Folks been missing putting regular updates as internet connections have not been great and also been having to much fun. But here goes hope the memory holds out. Granada was a major disapointment to Eunice and I, we drove from the wonderfull Priego de Cordoba to visit the much hyped Granada full of anticipation. I even got the hotel and destination correct too result. Local transport via Bus to city centre great, As we normally do decided to take the city bus tour paid out tickets and as we would normally do use as transport to visit highlighted points along the way, the only thing that sticks out is the Alhambra. Which is where further disapointment followed we could not get in as we had not pre booked tickets. Tour companies were offering tickets at ... read more
Granada
Road to Alhambra
Mountains around Granada




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