Home again and costs of our trip

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  1. Mags52

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    Hi Folks, We're back from our 9 week tour of France and Spain and I have calculated our costs of the trip. You can read the results in our blog. Obviously everyone is different in what they spend their money on and there were loads of ways we could have saved money if we needed to but we wanted to find out if we could tour Europe and manage on our income. We're both retired so have a fixed income - delighted to say that we had a blast and managed to live within our means.
    I'm wondering how long it will take us to get itchy feet again.
    Mags
     
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    Thanks ladies - good blog and thanks for sharing. I cycled the Camino from Le Puy to Santiago with my little dog and all our camping gear, so it is wonderful to see a few places we landed for the night on the way. The bridge in Cahors was a favourite as was this wonderful 'dog' fountain...
    Looking forward to retracing my steps in the 'van this coming year!
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  3. Mags52

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    Lovely picture of the dog in the basket. We were very moved by all the references to the Camino on our trip.
    Enjoy your trip next year. :)
     
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    We get itchy feet once we get off the train and on to the M20 and want to go back again!

    At the moment we have to make do with getting away at weekends as often as we can but we'll be off again 2 weeks tomorrow for just over 3 weeks - then it'll be back to weekends until end April and then who knows (Joe retires at last!).

    Denise
     
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    Loved reading your blog Mags and Shirley it has brightened up a few dull miserable days ...glad you are home safe and sound .:)
    What a beautiful picture above the breakdown.
     
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    Your blog was so good and made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. So pleased you had a great trip, and am sure you will be away again sometime soon. So many people half your age would have been scared to do what you have done. Don't take that the wrong way please I don't mean to say your old. Happy travels and thank you once again.
     
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    Glad to hear you've had a great trip. You've produced a fascinating and very professional blog! Super photos too.

    Thank you for sharing the costs you incurred.

    I couldn't help noticing this at the bottom of the page, which is always the way we feel when we return from France and Spain. :)

    "Arriving back in Britain two days ago we have been struck by how much more expensive most things are here."

    Mike
     
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    I have loved following your blog, made me very envious, glad your home safe. (y)
     
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    Enjoyed your blog, lovely photos and lots of amusing parts, thank you.
     
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    Loved reading your blog and what beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing. We have done france for the last five years but next year we are touring Scotland. Looking at the photos though may change our minds and book a ferry!
     
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    Having read some of your blog a while back I have this evening read it all and I might add that it is the most lenghty bit of reading I have done in a long long time..... I just couldn't put it down and wanted to know what happened next all the time... Very good and well done.

    I do hope the guys in the van were just checking to see if you were ok, a sort of neighbour hood watch scheme....

    Could you please tell me which camera you used for your photos as they are very good.
    Can't wait to do this kind of trip in the near future.

    Garry& Sue
     
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    Hi there, Thanks for the positive feedback. We are chuffed to bits! The main camera is a Canon Powershot Bridge Camera and sometimes we use a Canon Powershot Compact camera. The little one is pretty good for sharp pictures - the one of the barge on the misty morning was done with the small camera. Shirley is the photographer and I'm the writer. We seem to make a good team. Kind regards, Mags
     
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    I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has encouraged me to keep writing the blog. It was a highlight of the trip for me, choosing incidents to write about and then choosing some of Shirl's pictures to include.
    Thanks again for all the positive feedback. Mags
     
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    Hi Mags
    I've done a search for the canon power shot compact and it comes up with a few...
    Do you know the exact model numer as I'm really looking for a compact that takes good pics and went to see if it fits the bill..
    Many thanks
     
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    Glad you are home safe and sound and that your trip was a great success.

    Kath
     
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    Ours is a Canon Powershot S600 HS. The only thing we don't like about it is that it doesn't have a viewfinder so you have to frame your shot using the screen. A similar spec compact with viewfinder will be a lot more expensive. I'm not an expert and there will be loads of opinions about the quality of our little compact but we're happy with the pictures. Happy shopping! Mags
     
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    Glad you are both home safe n sound. Great writing/picture taking. Thanks for keeping us updated on your blog though must admit I have a wee bit catching up to do. Its usually my bedtime pastime but I'm a celebrity has taken that over for now. :)
     
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    Very much enjoyed reading your blog and the lovely photos, brilliant! Also the expenses, it,s quite surprising, isn't it, when you keep,a record. We did our first ever trip abroad in the Moho in the spring, and keep a record of our expenses here
    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum...ench-trip-the-statistics.113047/#post-1497953
    we were surprised too at how little our wonderful trip cost, as things are so much cheaper there. Worst thing is the long drive to and from Scotland to the channel, like you.

    Cheers
    Lesley
     
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    Why oh why are these blogs always upside down, don't know if it's the same on other computers, but on thei iPad you click on say, November then have to scroll right down to the bottom , then come back up a bit to read the first post, then back down it , then back up again to the top of the next one, so you've seen the jist of the month before you get to the last post at the beginning again.
    But saying that enjoying reading it but it is a bit of a pain up and down.
     
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    There is probably a better way for the writer to do the layout but I don't know how to do that yet. Still learning but will check it out next time. Thanks for reading it.
     
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