Sue Swan

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Sue Swan



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Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Gorinchem August 3rd 2019

14th July - 3rd August 2019 After a quick look at Trakai castle we crossed over from Lithuania to Poland. Jim had identified a national park camping spot on his phone and recorded the approximate co-ordinates where the pin seemed to be and we headed there. It was a very quiet rural area with only the odd small house dotted along the beautiful, slow flowing river of crystal clear water and reed beds. The road was an unpaved track but passable. After a few minutes wandering up and down where Kate kept saying we should turn into our camp site we realised there was no camp. We had turned back towards the main road when we saw some kayaks on the river and a sign, so Jim hopped out to read it. It said (Jim guessed, ... read more
Trakai Castle, Lithuania
Hitler's bunker
Most of the bunkers have collapsed

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius July 14th 2019

27th June - 14th July 2019 After our great clean up in Nikkala we crossed the border into Finland. No border controls were in evidence so it was very speedy and smooth. As in Norway and Sweden the roads are decorated with signs warning of elk (called moose in Alaska) every couple of kilometres but we never saw one. Jim read that in Sweden each year some 35,000 elk are killed by hunters. Finland is a flat country and if you like lakes, forests and mosquitoes you would love it. It is beautiful in places but the forests make it difficult to see very much as you travel. We chose a road which runs along by the Gulf of Bothnia for fifty miles or so and we did not view the sea once, only forest alongside ... read more
Town walls, Tallinn
Lots of alleyways
Bar staff

Europe » Sweden June 26th 2019

6 - 26 June Oslo had proved a wonderful cultural experience with museums and stunning old and new civic buildings. We soon realised that our journey into and through the fjord area west of Oslo would be a radically different adventure but I don't think either of us had an inkling of how challenging it would prove. We set of on the E18 through the outer sprawl of the city enjoying the feeling of escaping the busy capital and trusting Kate, our Sat Nav, to do all the hard work for us. She was doing fine despite the thunderstorm and very heavy rain until near Drammen and less than a mile from our turn-off when there was a sign saying the tunnel ahead was closed. Immediately the traffic ground to a standstill on a high flyover ... read more
A hot day at Dalen
Dalen site
Difficult to see view through mist and low cloud

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo June 5th 2019

16 – 31 May 2019 Where have we been? A good question as we are not sure, the time has passed so quickly. Opening dates at various places have determined our movements. The site in Copenhagen did not open until 24th May and in Oslo 1st June. It is always possible to find free or very cheap sites open but the city sites only open when they expect tourists to arrive at the start of the summer. Jim is quite pleased about this as he has been monitoring temperatures in Norway and they are still in low single figures during the day and even lower at night. We hope that by the time we have spent five or six days in Oslo they will be creeping up. Days are long and as we travelled through Sweden ... read more
Street scene, Copenhagen
Outside Guinness World Records office:Tallest man
National Theatre

Europe » Denmark » Eskebjerg May 15th 2019

2 April – 15 May 2019 After returning from the Caribbean we did the usual annual jobs and visited friends and family. We collected Astrid 2 and stayed with James's parents for two nights to get to grips with her controls. It was very kind of Maria and Martin to let us have a couple of nights in a real bed, also giving us time to check for faults before we left the dealership area. Until we drove back to Anna's in Wantage we did not have the bedding and cooking utensils to sleep in her so it was lovely to have some luxury before we moved into Astrid. The four of us went to a quiz which turned out to be a speed quiz, a new experience for us all. By the end of the ... read more
Cosy inside with birthday cushions
Kitchen area, full oven & grill, 3 gas burners & one electric.
Bathroom

North America » United States » Florida » Miami March 27th 2019

9 – 14 March 2019 Pax Guest House, Mount St. Benedict, Trinidad. A theme this trip has been constant contrast and it continued when we moved to Pax. We left the chaos, congestion and general bustle of Couva for the peace on Mount St. Benedict. This was a stop recommended by friends Paul & Sheila who stayed here a short while ago. The Mount is a hill bordering the rainforest with a view down across the plain. In 1912 permission was given to build a church, monastery, convent and guest house at the top and the complex became an important centre for the Catholic Church in Trinidad. It is a good location as all the main birding sites on the island are within reach and they have a very good guide working with the guest house. ... read more
Humming bird
Ruby throated humming bird
Green honeycreeper


Farewell to Dominica, then Couva & Carnival After posting the last blog we still had a couple of days in Dominica which so far has been our favourite island as we loved the forests, waterfalls and geothermal features. We returned to Portsmouth, site of Fort Shirley, but this time to visit Indian River, only a short walk to the south of the town. On the way we met up with a character, Gregory. At that point we did not know he was a boatman/guide from the river and at first Jim was reluctant to engage in conversation. But we soon realised he was looking for his first clients of the day and as we chatted it became clear he knew his fauna and flora. So on reaching the river we hopped into his rowing boat, preferable ... read more
Buttress tree and red ginger flowers
Green backed Heron
Iguana, fascinating how they vary from region to region

Central America Caribbean » Dominica » Marigot February 18th 2019

St Lucia 20 January – 6 February The journey from when we left the ship in Puerto Rico on the 17 January until reaching St Lucia on the 20th was unhurried but long. We had first to return to Miami before flying to Port of Spain in Trinidad and then on to St Lucia. It sounds a weird way of trying to reach St Lucia but the reason being that by doing it this way it meant we booked two return flights, from Miami to Trinidad and Trinidad to St Lucia which was by far the cheapest strategy to get us where we wanted to go, and back again. Finally we arrived in Castries, the capital of St Lucia, by plane and waited to be collected. Eventually Jason arrived from Sea Wind Cottages and took us ... read more
Gros Islet beach
Returning to Soufriere with view of Pitons
Close up, we stayed behind the one on right


San Juan, Puerto Rico to Trinidad 1 – 6 January 2019 Happy New Year to you all! Christmas passed for us in a wonderful parade of people and places as we managed to see lots of family and friends during our brief stay of eighteen days in the UK. It was lovely to catch up and see so many people but it was also good to return to a warm clime in Puerto Rico after Tasmania and England. The days here have all reached towards 27/28 C and nights not fallen below 21. Bliss! We started in Puerto Rico which is a commonwealth of the USA and a semi-autonomous territory so not a US state. Puerto Ricans have some benefits from this arrangement so for instance they can reside in the US but they do not ... read more
Colourful buildings in San Juan
Street scene, Old San Juan
Another street scene

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania December 7th 2018

Tasmania 21 November - 7 December 2018 The excitement of the seahorses had hardly subsided before we were on the road again heading for Narawntapu, a National Park on the north coast just west of the Tamar Valley. Not really sure what to expect we were enticed there by it's description of itself as 'the Serengeti of Tasmania'. Rather an ambitious claim! When we arrived we met a couple in the car park who were experiencing a problem with their solar panel. It did not seem to be sending a charge to the battery. Jim had a look but I don't think there was anything they could do about it other than hope it was charging but not showing on the gauge. They asked us if we were going to stay overnight which was our plan ... read more
Narawntapu National Park at dusk
First venomous Copperhead snake
Second one squirmed across path




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