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The rain in Spain does get down to the Med sometimes…I was up at 6am yesterday morning to furl the awning. We had an early thunderstorm and I didn’t want Mavis to blow away. The sun came out after a

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Posted in - Spain, Autumn 2015, San Felipe Neri, Valencia

Walking on Water

We have put down roots for a few weeks at Camping Marjal near Alicante. It is a good cycling spot with lots to explore. This is generally a pretty healthy lifestyle. Except when you fall off your bike, which I

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Posted in - Spain, Alicante, Autumn 2015, Catrall, Valencia

Petanque with the Pros

With bad weather breathing down our necks we left Capbreton early on Friday morning and headed south through Spain. After 385 miles we paused for the night outside Camping Valencia. You could park inside the site for 16 euros or

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Posted in - Spain, Alicante, Autumn 2015, Valencia

Stuck in the Mud

Mimizan Plage, a few miles down the coast from Biscarrosse, is very nice but they don’t let dogs on the beach. Luckily there is a good bike ride south through the forest which brings you to a dog-friendly beach. The

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Posted in - France, Aquitaine, Autumn 2015, Capbreton, Mimizan

Blood Moon and Basque Tarts

I was a bit concerned that Colin (or maybe even Nia) would turn in to a werewolf last night, with the supermoon eclipse but all is well this morning…I have checked N’s palms for hair… no more than usual. This

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Posted in Aquitaine, Autumn 2015, Biscarrosse, Navarosse

Camping It Up in Parentis-en-Born

Lake Biscarosse Parentis is about 100 miles south of Hourtin; we drove here on Wednesday and spent the night on the aire at Gastes. The aire was popular but we got here early and found a pitch overlooking the lake

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Posted in - France, Aquitaine, Autumn 2015, Gastes, Ste Eulalie-En-Born

Baguette Bacon Butty Blowout

We rose at the crack of dawn (ish) and left Ile d’Oleron at 9am for an appointment with the Royan ferry at 11am. Well not an appointment actually….you just turn up, pay them 47 euros and they cart you over

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Posted in - France, Aquitaine, Autumn 2015, Lac d'Hourtin

Chicken Teriyaki. On the Barbecue.

The Ile d’Oleron is a seafoody and viney chunk of land attached to mainland France by a long bridge or viaduc, a little below La Rochelle on the Atlantic coast. We arrived here on Thursday after a short hop down

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Posted in Autumn 2015, Ile D'Oleron, Poitou Charentes

A Night on the Thouet

Mavis started first time with her new battery and positively skipped down the Routes Nationale to an overnight stop at Montreuil-Bellay which is a historic little town on the Thouet, a tributary of the Loire. We passed Saumur, about 10

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Posted in - France, Autumn 2015, Montreuil-Bellay, Pays-de-la-Loire

Geoffrey the Handsome

To add more detail to our journey here, the channel crossing bit of the trip to France wasn’t quite as straightforward as it might have been. We were parked right at the sharp end of the ferry, as previously noted,

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Posted in Autumn 2015, Le Mans, Pays-de-la-Loire

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