Lenny's Winter Treck to Portugal

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  1. Lenny HB

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    Started the week with a nice sunny day & very smooth crossing on Sunday, one hour after arriving at Dieppe gale force north westerly winds and that wet stuff arrived. Braved the weather to visit our favourite restaurant, no photo’s no way can we compete with Robert …… @Robert Clark

    For the first time at Dieppe we saw some illegals just by the entrance to the Aire up on a bank on the cliff side sheltering under a tarpaulin strung between the trees a fire going and a couple of small tents, about 4-5 young males almost felt sorry for them, but then thought they should be in their own country trying to sort out the mess.

    Monday headed south by the time we got to Rouen weather had cleared to a nice sunshine, carried on to Sainte-Maure-Touraine in the Lorie dept, a few interesting buildings all with multi lingual plaques outside and the Aire was free.

    Tuesday made it down to Biarritz, bank of Lenny now broke, €12 a night did at least include EHU & free service. Had a bracing walk along the beach.

    Beach at Biarritz.

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  2. Lenny HB

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    Wednesday took to the motorways in Spain does get a move on, but so boring, made it to Salamanca parked down by the river. About 10pm loud knock on van door there was a fairly smartly dressed coloured guy about 50 standing there, asked if we spoke English as no one understood him as no one spoke English, we couldn’t understand him either, he was going on on about having to get the autobus to meet his friend etc., in the end I said what do you want, he said “€4 for the autobus” I gave him €2 and off he went very happy.

    Had a wander around the town on Thursday morning then headed off to Merida to see the Roman ruins, then on to Zafra for the night.

    Salamanca

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    And for Eddie @Judge Mental some old rocks at Merida.

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  3. Lenny HB

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    Dho!
     
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    Any notices up to say when they think that place will be finished, Lenny?
     
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    He comes around the vans every night, but if you stay two nights he leaves you alone as his story would not hold water, he was trying to catch the same bus because his friend couldn't pick him 2 weeks ago when we were there.

    Merida looks good, missed it on the way down.

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    Have fun Lenny glad it's going well. Two serious inquiry regards van...looking good:)
     
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    Enjoy your trip, we'll be following behind you in a couple of weeks.
     
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  8. Lenny HB

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    Not much at Zafra a pleasant town an old castle that is now a hotel and some fat ducks in the park.

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    Hi Lenny, what did you reckon to the Zafra aire?

    Stayed there a few years ago and found it a bit grim, loads there though, we could only get on the front bit by the service point, loads of traffic noise. It is free though, so shouldn't really moan.

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    Ere! Lenny! Go into the convent (they have a little museum) and buy some of the 'Nun' biscuits........... it's an entertaining 'buying' experience.............and the biscuits are heavenly :rolleyes:
     
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    @Lenny HB Are you going South or West from Zafra?
     
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    The plan was to go across country to Portugal from Zafra, but as we were over a day ahead of schedule we decided to head down to Sevilla, going to be broke at this rate another €12 a night.

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    Like you say a bit grim just a car park OK for a night, there are only 5 marked Motorhome spaces by the the service point, it's free with free servicing so no complaints.
     
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    Not a very good night at Sevilla, the kids gather in a car park down the road from the stopover, kept awake until 3:00 am by loud music.
    Crossed into Portugal on Saturday, missed the area you are supposed to pull into and register a credit card, lucky no electronic sensors until after the 1st exit.
    Headed for the Aire at Manta Rota, thought we were on it until we went for a walk in the morning and found we were in the car park, the Aire was a similar layout, but crammed full, car park much nicer, apparently police do move you on occassionaly.
    Right by the sand dunes & beach with a boardwalk over the dunes.

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    Been in a prison camp (camp site) for the last 3 weeks, first couple of days we weren't sure we could handle it but managed to settle in, been using bikes & trains to get about.
    Can't believe how cheap it is to live down here, hardly worth cooking with low cost of eating out, local restaurant does a meal of bread & olives followed by a meat or fish dish, so far we have had a whole sea bass, 2 mackerel & 2 sea bream in the fish dishes with chips and a large salad, followed by delicious desserts a litre of wine and coffees for €8.50 each.

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    Couldn't resist posing for you all.:)
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    Lenny on a campsite - and for 3 weeks

    You are no longer my wild camping guru - honestly I'm shocked!!!

    Whatever next ???? Joining the Caravan Club?
     
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    @Lenny HB, Like @Robert Clark's blog, I am enjoying yours as well Lenny, along with the smashing photos. (y)

    Hopefully, Rita and I will be able to do a spot of winter sun touring, 2016 into 2017. :)

    Cheers for now,

    Jock. :)
     
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  20. Lenny HB

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    You are not the only one, blame my mate talked me into it.

    Wash your mouth out, comments like that could get you on my ignore list.:LOL:
     
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