The adventure begins.

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  1. Tony Roberts

    Tony Roberts

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    We have survived the first week of our new adventure.

    Arrived in the UK from New Zealand on the 8th February. Picked up our first ever motorhome from Moran Motors in Ludlow on Wednesday. Got a refillable gas system put in by Dave Newell on Thursday (excellent job), and have mostly followed the recommended route, posted on Motorhome fun, from Calais to the south of France. Apart from some satnav issues (set on easy route - which had us tacking from village to village) we have made good progress and will hopefully be in Spain tomorrow.

    We intend traveling across the top of Spain and then down through Portugal. Our trip is intended to last 9 months, also taking in France, the top of Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, The bottom of Norway and Sweden and back to the UK. Our grandson will be joining us for 6 weeks -collecting him in Amsterdam before travelling to Scandinavia.

    Hope to meet with a other Funsters on the way. Motorhome fun has been of great help to us in planning our trip, particularly because in the words of Sargeant Shultz -"We know nothing, nothing at all".

    Regards
    Tony and Gretel
     
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  2. Anthea M

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    Good luck with your travels! 9 months is a lovely long time so don't dash about try not to do big mileage if possible unless you got to be somewhere fast!! Meander and enjoy! Keep us posted and post photos!!:):sun:
     
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    What a fantastic trip! Sounds fabulous . Enjoy .
     
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    Have a brilliant trip - sounds wonderful.
     
  5. Tony Roberts

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    Hi Funsters,

    Just a brief update on our progress (full details at bigberthatour.blogspot.com/).
    We have made it across the top of Spain to Santiago (wonderful city and cathedral), down through Portugal to Cape St Vincent (south western most point of Europe), then across Spain and up to the Costa brava.

    Highlights have been Santiago Cathedral (best free cathedral), Porto, Henry the Navigator's School of Navigation (best landscape), Silves, Olvera (best village and impressive countryside - be sure to visit Pepe's bar), Simat de la Valligna (best aire in a small village near Valencia, set adjacent to orange groves),
    Belchite (best history lesson - a town bombed in the Spanish civil war, very sobering), and Barcelona (best city).

    Worst moment was a puncture on the motorway near Bordeaux, when traveling down from Calais (we have now purchased a spare wheel (horse has bolted maybe)).

    Most humorous moment was being told by a butcher in Coimbria that we speak very good english for New Zealanders.

    We have been impressed with the friendliness of local people and other motorhomers, particularly the British.

    Regards
    tony and Gretel
     
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  6. Anthea M

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    Glad you are having a great trip love the comment about "good English for a newzealander" hilarious!! Can you post photos? Love to hear how you are getting on!!

    Just looked at your blog! Lovely photos thanks!!
     
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    Sounds like you are having a fantastic time, hope the rest of your trip is great, will follow your blog with interest.
    Don
     
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