Cliffandger Grand Tour

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  1. cliffandger

    cliffandger Funster Life Member

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    Well here we are Funster Friends - sitting in van waiting to get in the train - ham sarnies and coffee made - let the tour begin! As usual we left home a little later than expected, so it's been 70mph all the way over - thank goodness no holdups or yours truly would have been in trouble - but the house had to be left clean and I couldn't do it last night cos I had the uke jam - now cleaning or ukeing...... Let me think...... Anyway we are HERE and just about to go over THERE - see you on the other side! (y)
     
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    Hope you have a fantastic trip Ger ...look forward to your pictures and updates :) safe travels
     
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    Enjoy(y)
     
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    Have a wonderful trip and do keep us posted (y)
     
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    Have a safe journey, why do you clean your house for the burglers?:)
     
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    Why rush? You can arrive within + or - 2 hours of your booked departure time.
     
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    Ambilkate Funster Life Member

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    Looking forward to your posts Gerri xxx
     
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    Have a fab time xxx
     
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    Have a great time both of you, cant believe you haven't shared the whole preamble of the preparation for the trip :)

    Looking forward to the updates, do you have a rough idea on destination
     
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    Where you headed ?
    Relax & Enjoy !!!!
     
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    Enjoy, we are not at all jealous :D:D
     
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  12. JockandRita

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    Have a great time Geraldine & Cliff. (y)

    Like @FIDGET, where are you heading for? It's lovely down here in Garda, and it's to get even better from Monday onwards. ;)

    Cheers,

    Jock & Rita. :)
     
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    Ed Earl Funster Life Member

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    Have a great time looking forward to your updates (y)
     
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    Have a wonderful trip.
     
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    Have a great trip and keep us posted with your photos and humorous stories please!(y)
     
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    Enjoy, looking forward to the updates
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    How long's the Grand Tour? Any plans or just going with the flow?

    Denise
     
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    have a great trip. Look forward to catching up at twin lakes
     
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    Farewell my Funster besties, it goes without saying that we both wish our van was "right up Cliffs arse" for this journey.

    Looking forward to hearing all about it.

    As they say where you are going....

    sigurna putovanja (safe travels) xx
     
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    Well Funster Friends, we are ensconced in Camping de la Sure, in the lovely little town of Diekirch, just outside of Luxembourg. 12€ with lekky and wifi - and this after filling up the tank that was running on fresh air for 89c a litre, Cliff is a happy chappy!

    Diekirch has the donkey as it's motto - get this for a fountain....

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    The main footbridge over the river is being strengthened so this is the temporary replacement - pontoon sections from one bank to the other - can you imagine UK 'elf n safety' allowing this! @Mousy - it was very bouncy.....;)

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    We managed to upset the natives within a couple of hours of arriving on Belgian soil yesterday though. I found an Aires on Campercontact in the town of Beernem, so we parked up and went to find the machine to pay our 10€. The machine only accepted coins and we only had notes. Cliff went in search of a shop to get change but there was nothing. No problem I said, this is a Jachthaven, so they must have a boothuis. We can have a beer and get change for the meter. They did indeed have a very grand boathouse, so after trying all six doors and working out by trial and error the Flemish for 'pull' we went in.

    The lady behind the bar welcomed us with 'Goedenavond' and by the look on Cliff's face you could tell he was stumped! After a couple of panic filled seconds he asked her in ENGLISH if she spoke FRENCH!!!
    You could tell by the look on her face that she was not happy! Here was this Englisher coming into her country and asking her in English if she spoke the language of the Devil! Her answer was short and not very sweet - NO!!

    I looked on with interest - I really wanted to know where he was going with this. If she had answered him in French, it would mean he had to continue in French, and he can, but only after I have told him what to say - 'une biere pression et une gin-tonic s'il vous plait'!

    Now as many of you know I am usually the spokesperson on our foreign forays, which is strange really as I have great problems speaking in my own language let alone a foreign tongue, but there you are. So in the interests of whatever the Flemish is for 'entente cordiale' I felt I had to step in, so I asked her for two beers please, in English.

    She filled two small glasses two thirds full with fluid, and a third full of foam. She then got out her tongue depresser and proceeded to skim the the top of the glass, which would have been OK, but the foam didn't even reach the top of the glass! Cliff by this stage was not happy, however I managed to stop him asking her to 'fill it to the top Love'! He handed over his 20€ note, and asked if it was possible to have some coins in the change, she gave him her best withering look and said in her best English - 'I have no coins', so we drank the beer and went back to the van, stopping only to take a photo of a huge Dutch barge heading down the river.
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    We would have handed over our €10 note if we'de been asked, but we weren't, so in true free loading style we left this morning having paid nothing!

    It rained for most of the morning, but stopped when we reached Luxembourg and we are now enjoying a lovely evening and equilibrium has been restored by a few bieres and a barby! Oh and added to this we can still get BBC so I can listen to The Archers!

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    The other BBC (Big Body Coffin) that you can see on the van has redeemed itself in my eyes - Cliff doesn't think it makes any difference, but I've noticed whilst doing my turn of 100 miles on the motorway that I'm not dragged in towards the lorries when I overtake them. Therefore if you want a more aerodynamic motorhome, get a gurt BBC on the back of your van - I can heartily recommend it!

    Onwards and southwards tomorrow - Will let you know where we get to when we get there!

    Goedenacht All!
     
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    We are ultimately heading for Dubrovnik, but at 89c a litre we may just drive round and round Luxembourg in ever decreasing circles! (y)
     
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