Alhambra

Alhambra

On  Tuesday we were joined at the Abla aire by Jo and Sam in their 31yr old Mercedes motorhome. As with so many of the motorhomers we met they were a lovely, friendly, sociable couple and we spent quite a while chatting to them. First of all on Bertie and later that evening they invited us for wine and nibbles on their classic van. They were such fun to chat to and such good hosts that we rather over imbided

Abla

Abla

It was quite a chilly start when we woke up after our night at Terque. The thermometer reckoned it was just 2.1C outside at 9am – that is Scottish weather. Although we are quite high in the mountains we are still fairly close to the sea. Today we climb much higher on a minor road over the Santillana Pass (1320m or 4270ft) and then drop down the other side into the high valley behind. We are staying at an aire

Castalla to Ricote

Castalla to Ricote

On the road again.  The weather has turned cooler with some cloud and quite a strong wind. Last night the temperature in Castalla went down to around 5c but we had been forwarned and I fitted Bertie’s windy warmer which is a padded screen that goes around the outside the windscreen and the front side windows. This does help quite a bit to keep the heat in and if we pull the front curtains too that provides another layer. Still

Barcelona, views and inland

Barcelona, views and inland

Time to move on from the campsite. Time to see some of the real Spain away from the coastal strip. It was a bit of a slow start this morning and a number of jobs to do to get Bertie ready. We did try topping up the water with the folding water carrier but the tap was really slow and pouring the water direct in to our tank was a messy business. We gave up after two cans full! First

Uzès

A perfect Bertie day today. We slept well and had a lazy start. It was a bit chilly so decided on porridge to warm us up. Once breakfast was out the way and washed up (ie around 11am!) it was off to the vineyard shop to thank them for their hospitality and to see what they had to sell. Really nice lady behind the counter who said we were very welcome and could stay two nights if we wished. When

Ardeche Gorge

Ardeche Gorge

We had a quiet night at Vallon Pont d’Arc and since the exit barrier was still raised in the morning we took this to indicate that the site was free out of season. The sun was shining and the forecast was good.  The first stop was the car park where we had hoped to stay last night as this is right beside the famous rock arch. We parked up and walked down the path on to the river beach. The

First glimpse of Mountains.

First glimpse of Mountains.

The rain eased off last night and we slept quite well. Sadly it was just regrouping for another attack! It has rained quite a bit today and I could wax quite lyrical about the joys of wet French roads but I am passed wanting to dwell on the subject of the wet stuff. It is raining even as I write this. We took the opportunity to get the laundry done at the Intermarché this morning. Today is a public holiday

Wet day in Burgundy

Wet day in Burgundy

Soon after leaving Saint Julien-du-Sault we passed the point where we were 1000 miles from home! Shortly after that as we entered the small town of Appoigny near Auxerre we were flagged down at a Customs road block. The lady was very polite and asked where we were going and whether we had anything with us of interest to customs. She accepted my assurances that we did not have any contraband although she seemed to struggle with the idea that

A long wet drive

A long wet drive

We left Tickhill, after a very pleasant few days with my sister, at 10am and headed out on to A1. The photo above was taken yesterday when the sun was shining. It is not shining this morning but not actually raining. That did not start until midday some where around St. Neots and by the time we got to Lidl at Letchworth it was pouring down. This stop was planned as we wanted to stock up on a few last

MQS House and long day to Tickhill

MQS House and long day to Tickhill

Before it got too dark last night we went for a little walk around the town. I had glimpsed the old bridge from the main road and wanted to investigate so we wandered down there and it was gorgeous, really narrow (too narrow to take a modern vehicle) and we walked across and then got a good photo from the far side. On our way back around the old town we found the MQS House and found that it would