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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Wallingford June 20th 2018

For the past couple of months or more I have been suffering from a sensitive tooth, to the point that anything I drink that is hot or cold just hurts so I needed to get it sorted. I had managed to book myself into the dentist in Wallingford for an emergency appointment. Vaughan had his new glasses to pick up from specsavers in Didcot so today was an errand day. Usually we drive ourselves but given we had a now larger vehicle and parking in these towns with small streets can be a pain it was easier to take the local bus. Lucky for us the stop was right outside the marina. The ride to Wallingford was less than 10 minutes, I went to the dentist and Vaughan had to catch another bus to Didcot. I ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England June 19th 2018

Today we were heading to my nieces in Benson Oxfordshire, we had to pick up our mail and the rest of our stuff as we only took a few things with us to the Netherlands. Normally we stay with my niece but this time we will have to find somewhere to park Matilda as Lisa's house has no driveway and the parking area by her house is small. She suggested maybe leaving it on the more major road next to her road and even though its a quiet road I wasn't too happy leaving it until we had more security devices fitted so we booked ourselves into Benson Cafe which had units and a small area at the end for motorhomes, tents and caravans. Our first stop on our drive to Oxfordshire was Reading to pick ... read more
The Thames a few feet from our pitch

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex June 18th 2018

Today we were catching the 10am ferry from Dunkirk to Dover so we left just before 9am to give us enough time to get to the port as you needed to be there at least 45 minutes before. It was another grey day, the drive wasn't too busy for a Monday and we reached the port bang on 9:15am. We chose Dunkirk as it was not only the closest it was also the cheapest and the least busiest. Calais apparently can be very busy as its the most popular being the shortest crossing but we didn't mind being on the ferry for 2 hours we were in no hurry. Loading the motorhome and going through immigration was straight forward, a French immigration officer came on board and checked all our large cupboard spaces, no doubt looking ... read more

Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bredene June 17th 2018

Today we were heading into Belgium to spend the afternoon and evening with a couple of friends, Valerie and Isabelle that were on our African overland trip last year. Both girls live in different parts of Belgium but it was easiest if we camped near Ostend for quick access to the Dunkirk ferry in the morning and Isabelle and her partner Joe said it was easy enough for them to come visit from where they lived. We decided to take the scenic route past The Hague and take the bridges over the islands and arrive for about lunchtime. The weather started out OK but by the time we reached the first island near Ouddorp it was cold, grey and windy, it was like a Melbourne winter! The North Sea looked bleak as did the coastline which ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Leiden June 16th 2018

Today was the day we would say goodbye to fixed lodgings and become part of the motorhome and vanlife community, it was the start of a long road trip and we couldn't be more excited. We had a few last minute things to do so after checking out of our airbnb we went shopping in Emmen for a mattress protector, LED lights, bike lock and food. We had to drop the car off at the airport and it was my job to do that as Vaughan would be driving Matilda. I hadn't driven a car since leaving Australia May 2017 and its been a very long time since I had driven on the wrong side of the road! it was going to be interesting and there was no time like the present to get behind the ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Drenthe » Hoogeveen June 11th 2018

We have a motorhome, a house on wheels for the next 12 months or more and she had to have a name, we called her Matilda! A perfect name for two reasons, one its a German name and its a German built motorhome and two, it now has two Aussie owners and if you heard of "Waltzing Matilda" then you would know that the song could not be more Australian. Over the next 5 days while we waited for the finances to clear we spent time adding some improvements to our Matilda. Vaughan is very handy and we had access to Camperfun's shed and tools so he added a SOG unit to the toilet so we didn't have to use chemicals, an external access point to the LPG as some countries get sticky about not having ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Drenthe » Hoogeveen June 11th 2018

Today we had to make the decision on the motorhome at Camperfun. Before that though I wanted to go back to Bosma campers and have another look at a couple of motorhomes that I liked, a Hymer and the Hobby, I needed to re-assure myself I was making the correct decision. The Hymer I liked even though the bed was a pull down over the cabin which is not my ideal layout but its a space saver making the motorhome under 6 meters in length. Climbing into the bed is not too bad as when you pulled it down it dropped low enough to make the climb into it not that big an ordeal. Vaughan had made his mind up that he didn't like it so that was that! The Hobby was also a great choice ... read more
The bedroom
The living area

Europe » Netherlands » Overijssel » Giethoorn June 10th 2018

Sunday the motor home sale places are closed so it gave us the chance to have a day out and explore this part of Holland. I did some research of things to see and do in the area and one place that was worth seeing is Giethoorn a popular picturesque car-free village with its boat-filled waterways, footpaths, bike trails and centuries old thatched roof houses. The fact its built on waterways earned its nickname "Venice of Holland". The village borders a section of Weerrbben-Wieden National Park, a marshy areas once known for its peat and read harvesting. Tourists travel 1.5 hours from Amsterdam to visit Giethoorn, fortunately for us its only about half and hour down the road! It was a lovely sunny day so perfect for an outing to a chocolate box village. We parked ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Drenthe » Emmen June 9th 2018

Long before we started this trip we always dreamed of travelling Europe by camper, its made for it and certainly the most rewarding way of seeing the continent. Back home in Australia we often go camping and have hired campervans on occasion when we visit other parts of the country, we love the lifestyle, being in a home on wheels where the view from your window never remains the same. Hiring a camper is relatively straight forward in another country but buying one is a different ball game. I spent a long time leading up to this trip researching forums and reading blogs on how best to do it and fortunately have British friends who live this way on a more permanent basis so were able to give me tips. During my research it seems purchasing ... read more

Europe » Netherlands June 8th 2018

Utrecht is small city in Central Holland and one that I was keen to visit since it was only half hour drive, it's main attraction was its old medieval town and canals. We woke to pouring rain so took our time with breakfast in the hope that it would stop, well it didn't! We couldn't delay it much longer if we were to see Utrecht, we needed to get moving. The city was indeed attractive even in the rain! It reminded me of Amsterdam. We picked up a map and just wondered along its picturesque canal side walkways, it wasn't hard to find the cathedral you just followed the bells! Although it sounded like a music practice it was really pleasant to listen to. The cathedral's long beautifully painted windows were its most striking feature, along ... read more
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