Keith on January 9th, 2013

Been looking at the temperatures. It is warmer at night in Dover than it is here.

Keith on January 9th, 2013

We were shopping in a Lidls which has an in store butchers, the meat looked very nice.

Last night we had, rump steak, (sweet and tender),  mushrooms, onion, chips and peas, yummy. All for less a tenner.

Sing the praises of an halogen oven and an electric griddle.

Keith on January 9th, 2013

What a strange title for a blog?

Jan wanted some lemonade, difficult to find in Spain, apart from the cloudy stuff.  The answer? find an Iceland store.  There is a sprinkling of these through Spain and Portugal to supply the ex pats.  The nearest one to us is in Torrevieja and we raided it.  Having purchased several bottles and some other essentials!!! we headed back.  I am sure it was up hill all the way.

Keith on January 7th, 2013

Today, Monday we got the man in to set up the sat dish, success, we have most channels including radio.

We are slowly getting our bearings and finding our way around.  We have been trying to find our way into the nature reserve a short distance from the site. Found once access point, need to find others.

El Parque Natural El Honda.

If you want to get an impression of the camp site either go to there website www.campingmarjalcostablanca.com  or on google earth lat38.17770  long-0.80876

The pictures are dated. It shows the site still under construction

Keith on January 4th, 2013

We arrived at the  site on the afternoon of the 2nd having decided on a pitch we settled for the evening.  On Thursday the 3rd we decided we did not like the pitch we were on and moved, it turned out to be a good move.

It is tempting to list the good things about the site, but, you  would get bored, so I will summarise.

The site is new, two years old.  Someone has invested a lot into the site, the design, layout and quality is first class Customer service seems to be the ethos with helpful staff and excellent facilities.

We are connected, each pitch has it’s own electricity, water supply, grey water disposal, plug in T V Ariel, ( BBC 1, BBC 2 ITV1 and ITV 2) and free Wi Fi across the site.

We have not been far yet as we have been getting organised and, Keith is suffering from a heavy cold resulting in a lack of energy.

Will take some photo’s of the site and post them on another day.

Keith on January 2nd, 2013

On the A P 7 in Spain we passed the site of an accident which had occurred on the opposite carriageway.  In attendance were several emergency vehicles, associated personnel and, an air ambulance.  This stretch of road is a two lane dual carriageway.

The question is, did the police close the road.

Answer please, one per household, on the back of a stamped envelope, that way I can use it again.

No Prizes for the right answer.

Keith on January 2nd, 2013

Adjacent to the Milieu viaduct is an aire which we decided to stop at and take some pictures, the sat nav went mad.  Some explanation is required.  The main sat nav that we use is programmed with the vehicle dimensions and weight.  The approach road to the aire has a 3.5 tonne weight limit, to prevent access by H G V’s, we ignored it.  Our gross weight is 4.8 tonnes.  The sat nav shouted a warning and displayed the weight limit, we chose to ignore it.  The warning was followed by a high pitched alarm which as we got closer became more shrill and increased in frequency. We still ignored it.

Keith on January 2nd, 2013

The vista of water logged ground extended well into southern France.  On the outskirts of Calais are a large number of allotments, well attended and normally looking at their best, they are not just water logged they are flooded.  Could not help feeling sorry for the people who work them.

Keith on January 2nd, 2013

We took regular stops on route over the four days, and, as it happened some were at sites of bridges, viaducts and aqueducts, ancient and modern.

See the pictures.

Sorry if some are  not so good, the light was often wrong.

Viaduct Millieu

Pont de Diable

 

Keith on January 2nd, 2013

The 21 – 15 from Dover to Calais was on the L D line ship chartered by D F D S. The vessel looked tired and in need of a refurbishment, not the best of starts.  A minor but important thing which seems to be a recurring theme with D F D S is, the coffee machines do not work.

We found the aire in Calais after a false start, we are used to approaching from the other direction.  Got our heads down about 12 -45 A M, local time.