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Trip: Europe

There are [28] stories from my trip: Europe

last days of Europe

FRANCE | Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 | Views [884]

We drove from Paris up to Bologne Sur Mer where we spent the evening with Clara & Gilles-yann who we had met and travelled a little with in South America. We caught up on our travels, they have been to NZ since we saw them last, and spent the night.... Read more >

Paris touristy bits – 8 November

FRANCE | Monday, 8 Nov 2010 | Views [848]

Up and on the road by 9.30 with the computer telling us it was only 4 degrees celcius – yeah right – yes right! It was bloody freezing out there. By the time we got to the centre it had also started to rain, any colder and ... Read more >

The Louvre, Paris, France – 7 November

FRANCE | Sunday, 7 Nov 2010 | Views [796]

After talking until 2am with Nazih we were up at 8 and getting ready to head into Paris to the Louvre museum. We had been briefed by Nazih on how to negotiate the bus, suburban train and metro system and had no problems ... Read more >

Versailles Palace, France – 6 November

FRANCE | Saturday, 6 Nov 2010 | Views [885]

This morning we were up and organised for the 9am start only to find that there was some sort of strike meeting on at the palace and opening was delayed until about 10.30am. Kent is off his leg at the moment and has to get ... Read more >

La Loire, France – 4 & 5 November

FRANCE | Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | Views [878]

4/11 – We spent a dreary morning in the city of Tours finding the Tourism Office (huge but right in the centre) then finding a park (used a handicapped one in the end) and finding out info about the area. Got some supplies ... Read more >

to Bretagne (Brittany), France 30 October to 3 November

FRANCE | Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | Views [1071]

30/10 Rained all night, it's quite nice sleeping in a nice cosy spot with it on the roof, but cleared in the morning. Long straight roads today, fairly boring, on the southwest of France to Bordeaux but no views of the coast.... Read more >

Matamorisca, Spain to the beginning of France 27 – 29 October

SPAIN | Friday, 29 Oct 2010 | Views [1147]

Alfonzo and Natasha's house is cool, rebuilt using recycled stone and wooden beams from demolished old building on their section and Alfonso has done a lot of the work himself. They have two lovely wee girls who were a ... Read more >

West to Salamanca, Spain then NE Portugal and back into the NW of Spain 23 – 26 October

PORTUGAL | Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | Views [978]

We crossed the huge flat plains to Salamanca and on to the border of Portugal. We discovered the Portugal radio stations play music yeah! The border between Portugal and Spain is the huge river Douro, flanked by terraced ... Read more >

Avila and Gredos, Spain 20 – 22 October

SPAIN | Friday, 22 Oct 2010 | Views [922]

Domingo's mother and sister were so welcoming and kind, they fed us in the evening and we caught up on our washing as well, in the morning his mum was very worried because we didn't want to have breakfast (we find we usually ... Read more >

to Zuera and Zaragosa, Spain 19 October

SPAIN | Tuesday, 19 Oct 2010 | Views [965]

Next morning we headed for Zuera, Spain which is the home town of an old beau of Carols, Domingo. We had rung his mother earlier and discovered that Domingo went into hospital in Zaragosa last Wednesday and were invited ... Read more >

Montrejeau & Lourdes, France 18 October

FRANCE | Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | Views [942]

We came to a roundabout that circled a HUGE rock (una mas grande roca!) and on the other side was the old border to exit Spain and enter France. Before we knew it we were in Montrejeau and turned up a hill and ended up in a ... Read more >

Spain and Andorra 17 & 18 October

ANDORRA | Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | Views [850]

We entered Spain at Puigcerda, having been diverted around the town of Bourg-Madame because of a big market day and losing our way and completely missing going through the old border post. We had to stop at a garage and ask where we were in relation ... Read more >

France 15 & 16 October

FRANCE | Saturday, 16 Oct 2010 | Views [740]

We skirted Montpellier taking the road out by the Mediterranean Sea but it wasn't that exciting and the wind was still up and still cold so the beach wasn't the place to be. It is a sandy beach down this way, not pebbly like the beaches further ... Read more >

France 12 – 14 October

FRANCE | Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 | Views [854]

On the 12 th we drove from Gap to Carpentras stopping at Sisteron where they have a Citadel high above their pretty town on a huge lump of rock. Petrol (95) goes from between €1.33 and €1.50 per litre, for us with a 70ltr tank it means it ... Read more >

Italy, France 10 & 11 October

FRANCE | Monday, 11 Oct 2010 | Views [714]

The mist continued down into the valley in Italy, it was 5pm and felt like rush hour traffic even though it was Saturday. We headed east to Chatillon and turned up the valley toward Breuil where we hoped the new day would bring clear skies ... Read more >

France, Switzerland, 8 – 10 October

FRANCE | Sunday, 10 Oct 2010 | Views [630]

Trying not to look guilty, acting as dumb as we felt, we noticed the French border guard's grimace when he discovered we didn't speak French. He asked where we were going – 'France' , where have we come from – 'Switzerland' . No doubt he was ... Read more >

Switzerland 5 - 8 /10

SWITZERLAND | Friday, 8 Oct 2010 | Views [901]

5/10 - We entered Switzerland yet again (4th time) and followed the amazing sheer rock gorge of the Simplonpass. Kent was busy out taking pics of the fantastic rock walls and waterfalls when he fell heavily on his right hand, ... Read more >

Switzerland, Italy, Switzerland, Italy 2 - 5/10

SWITZERLAND | Tuesday, 5 Oct 2010 | Views [809]

Ah magical Switzerland! As we haven't purchased a pass for the motorway we did all our driving on the more minor roads which are always much more interesting. We actually went in and out (= 1) of Switzerland 5 times but ... Read more >

Switzerland, Austria, Liechenstein 30/9 - 2/10

LIECHTENSTEIN | Saturday, 2 Oct 2010 | Views [882]

Our next adventure we decided was getting from Italy to Liechtenstein we decided to go via Switzerland and Austria, on the 30th September we left Italy at Tirano and entered Switzerland for our first visit. This is the only ... Read more >

28 - 30 Italy

ITALY | Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | Views [796]

It was a bit of a shock entering Italy. The architecture didn't change much at first and all the signs were in both German and Italian but one thing did change dramatically and that was the behaviour of the motorists... Obviously speed limits were ... Read more >

27/9 Austria

AUSTRIA | Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | Views [986]

We just spent one day crossing Austria from just below Salzburg almost directly south and into Italy. The architecture is the same as in Bavaria near the alps and the roads good. We stayed mostly on the smaller roads winding through all the villages.... Read more >

24 - 26 Germany

GERMANY | Sunday, 26 Sep 2010 | Views [857]

We finished travelling down the 'Romantische Strasse' with a visit to the castles of King Ludwig and his parents near Schwangau. Hohenshwangau, the parents castle, was cool and where the family lived. Neuschwangstein was the one Ludwig was building ... Read more >

Germany Romantic Road 20 - 23/9

GERMANY | Thursday, 23 Sep 2010 | Views [801]

A quick report to say we are now half way down the Romantische Strasse. We are going at a casual pace and enjoying beautiful weather. It is difficult to find WIFI and internet hence the gaps and quick reports. Our big thing now is to find a laundromat ... Read more >

Luxembourg into Germany 18 & 19

LUXEMBOURG | Saturday, 18 Sep 2010 | Views [874]

We have added this in because on this journey we saw some beautiful country. We travelled from Luxembourg on the N10 a road that travels along it´s border with Germany. The road winds along a river and past villages and castles. We left it to enter ... Read more >

France, Belgium, Holland 13th to 17th September

NETHERLANDS | Friday, 17 Sep 2010 | Views [946]

We got a ferry from Dover to Dunkerque for 20 pounds total, thats for us and the car. Just drove into a line at the port in Dover and onto the ferry and off the other side smooth as silk. No customs or immigration or anything...  Hope it doesn't end ... Read more >

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