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Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Anascaul July 23rd 2016

We think we know what the pattern of the weather in Ireland in summer is all about. You get grey overcast skies with low cloud first thing, and then it starts to brighten up with patches of blue appearing on the horizon, then a little bit of almost full sun and then the overcast returns. We reckon that is summer. Yesterday the woman who cut Gretchen’s hair had talked about how lovely the weather was when it was distinctly overcast outside and a guy in an electronics store we had gone into near Tesco’s said the same thing. We think that if you live here this might be all you can ever expect out of an Irish summer. We can appreciate why my ancestors left Ireland for a new life and better weather in New Zealand ... read more
The fry up underway,note the delicious Irish black pudding
Wild fuchsia by the roadside
The milk road climb,Annascaul

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Tralee July 22nd 2016

Friday and our first full day in Ireland and the day has started out with a little drizzle but a promise of a clearing sky away to the south. We don’t expect temperatures will reach any great heights while we are here and we have put the summer clothes back to the bottom of the suitcase again. Ireland doesn’t have a great reputation for a lot of warm sunny days in a row. Rather you take whatever sunshine you can get when it appears and enjoy it. Our host Kathleen called in to make sure we had settled in OK and that the heating had worked. When we arrived last night she showed us how the oil fired aga or heat storage oven worked on the thermostat and timer that was set up. It also heated ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry July 21st 2016

The day of our flight to Ireland has dawned OK and with new replacement passport in hand things should continue to go smoothly. Needless to say I am now under strict watch and questioning as to where my passport is at all times. We weren’t in a hurry to leave our apartment as it was just a two hour drive to CDG airport, Paris and even allowing for some slower city/suburban traffic we still didn’t need to leave too early. We had had a pleasant stay here in Connelles even if we didn’t get much time to see the area. We have however ticked Monet’s Garden off the bucket list which was a good achievement. We had had to pay for internet here at €5.95 per 24 hours and the quality of connectivity and speed were ... read more
River Seine near our accommodation,Connelles
River cruiser,Seine River,l'Eure
Morning tea on the top deck

Europe » France » Upper Normandy » Connelles July 20th 2016

Today was the day of reckoning! If we were to be able to continue our planned and booked travel to Ireland then I really need to be able to pick up the replacement passport somewhere we hoped that was in transit by courier from London. It was another beautiful day and the morning temperature was already in the mid 20’s as we sat on our little terrace to have breakfast. We hope it wasn’t an omen but as I was about to take a mouthful of muesli and fruit with yogurt a tiny baby bird fell out of the terrace rafters above me narrowly missing my breakfast bowl! It seems the baby bird was either dead in the nest or near to it and the parents decided to heave it out! After this most upsetting incident ... read more
Entering the A d T,Paris
Exit number 6 from the A d T,Paris
A glimpse of the Eiffel Tower,Paris passport now secure in the moneybelf around my middle!

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen July 20th 2016

There is a song that starts off with ‘What a difference a day makes’ but this morning we could be singing ‘What a difference a night makes’. We think we might have caught up now on what we lost last night in Oppedal in the ‘double ‘bed. We were both feeling refreshed from the previous day and ready for the drive to Copenhagen which will include a short ferry crossing. We had thought about taking the bridge from the southern tip of Sweden at the city of Malmo which would have bought us directly into Copenhagen. However the cost was quite a bit more than the ferry from further up the Swedish coast and closer to Asa which would then give us a drive down a scenic road on the Danish east coast to the city ... read more
Almost berthed in Denmark
Thatched houses,Denmark
Close up of thatched roof,Denmark

Europe » France » Upper Normandy » Connelles July 19th 2016

We have another 500km ahead of us today but pretty much highway driving all the way although we do want to try and make two stops on the way. We had seen a TV news item when Prince Harry had visited Thiepval Memorial on the Somme to commemorate 100 years since the battle and we would like to see it as the structure is huge and has the names of all the missing/dead Allied soldiers whose bodies were never found. The memorial is not far off the route we need to take to our destination at Connolles, France. Because we are old fans of the TV series ‘Allo Allo’we also want to have a look at the French town of Nouvion that it was based upon. Not that we really expect that it will look anything ... read more
View from the bedroom,Uden
Heading into Antwerp
The lines left by the spraying unit and wheat nearly ready to harvest

Europe » Netherlands July 18th 2016

We slept well which was good as we both knew the challenges ahead today could well make us exhausted again by the end of the day. We had over 500km to drive to our next destination in Holland and although that would get us closer to Paris we weren’t sure what time we could get on the road if there were more things to attend to while we had the internet in the apartment at the hotel. Our checkout time could extend to 11am if we needed to. We readied ourselves for departure by having breakfast and being packed up and ready. First though we needed to hear from The Hague as to whether they were going to ‘disown ‘me for running the border without documentation or what their suggested next steps for us should be. ... read more
Meiers Gastehof,Berkenthin,our accommodation
The Elbe to Lubeck Canal at Berkenthin
Looking the other way up the canal

Europe » Germany » Schleswig-Holstein July 17th 2016

Today we start what is a long journey across Denmark through Germany,Holland,Belgium to get to Connelles near Giverny,France where we have a couple of nights before taking Peggy back to Peugeot and flying off to Ireland for a week. We aren’t attempting to do this journey of over 1500km in a day but rather with two stops along the way making it three days of driving. The day has dawned, like yesterday, beautifully fine and sunny although we expect that won’t last and the ‘typical European summer day of 2016’will return before long. And dark clouds were soon to roll over the BBA V3! It was a typical start to the start, breakfast first and a cleanup of the place as we do before we depart for the next overnight stop. As usual we went through ... read more

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen July 16th 2016

We have woken this morning and cannot believe our good fortune with the sun shining brightly and a lovely blue sky free of any visible cloud. What a cracker of a day to head off and explore Copenhagen and make the most of our short stay in a city that we have waited a while to see. Having done a bit of research we have worked out that the main city sights are within a fairly compact area and to gain an appreciation of them we are going to take the 1 hour Grand Canal Boat trip. We can then decide what we want to walk to on foot and go back and see from dry land. By the time we were ready to leave a couple of hours later after breakfast the sky was starting ... read more
Our canal cruise,Copenhagen
Famous painted houses on a canal,Copenhagen
Hen party out for a canal boat trip,Copenhagen

Europe » Sweden July 14th 2016

As expected sleeping was a challenge in the small ‘double’ bed and not a lot of sleep was had. I had thought about hauling the squab out from its location wedged between the wall and the bed but now regret I hadn’t. Never mind the day will go on and here’s hoping to a more comfortable bed tonight. We cross the border into Sweden today as we make our steady progress back to mainland Europe. The Rema1000 supermarket was just up the road and we did some shopping for lunch on the road somewhere ahead of us. The road south in this part of the world doesn’t run through any of the few towns there are so we will probably just stay on it until we get to the exit for our destination. There have been ... read more
This is a real backyard 'rock garden',Oppegard
We have laughed over this Norwegian road sig.We are sure you can guess what it denotes.
Gretchen coming back from testing the water temperature at Greebestad




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