Keith on March 28th, 2012

I will try to keep this missive short.  So many thoughts it would be easy to go into overload.  Any questions later.  In plain brown envolopes please.  Do it before the price of a stamp rises.

North America, snow birds.  Europe, grey nomads.  People, normaly retired, who travel south for the winter.  It is almost a sub culture.  Irrospective of nationality there is a common bond and a willingness to share experience.  This is helpful when you are planning an overnight stop on route.  They know all the best sites within easy reach of primary routes.  The informal network of information would rival google.

That gives me a nice link to the other heading, silver surfers.  Often greeted with, “we like this site, the Wi Fi is good”.  Note books and laptops abound.  If you want to know anything about Skype, Voip, on line banking or the latest sat nav, these are the people to ask.  Mind you nothing to technical.

Keith on March 26th, 2012

Sunny and warm.

Fresh croissant’s for breakfast.

A tax rebate.

And, to round it off.  Just a minute on television.

Keith on March 26th, 2012

Is this the first blog on cheese?

This cheese is available from Carrefour, a soft blue cheese.

It is tasty, and, more importantly, inexpensive.  Is that a posh way of saying cheap?

Keith on March 26th, 2012

About 45 miles from Calais a pretty little town contained inside fortifications and a citadel.  Worth a wander around. Take a peek into some of the side streets and gated yards.  Good views of surrounding countryside.

We are on a site between the river and the town.

Wednesday, aire at Calais.  Thursday, ferry from Dunkerque.

Look forward to seeing family and friends.

Keith on March 23rd, 2012

We have travelled about 3,250 miles in the motorhome.

At least that amount in the car.

We have been away 113 days.

Two days rain.

We have only payed to park the car twice.

Been stopped by the police once, in the car, for a routine documents check.

Visited three countries.

Seen some wonderful big birds.

Been made welcome by some nice people in all the countries.

Ate some really nice bread and pastries.

Enjoyed the company of other travellers.

 

Keith on March 23rd, 2012

A nice regional town with some history.  Pleasant to walk around because it is not so crowded.  Site is good, nice location on outskirts of town next to the river.  Warden makes you feel welcome. Very helpful.

Keith on March 23rd, 2012

Visited on Thursday. Some nice buildings, otherwise just another busy city.

Tourist information office lacking.

May be we have visited so many that we are getting a bit blasé.

Keith on March 23rd, 2012

Is it me.  We are staying on a municipal site in France, owned and run by the local council.  Above reception, a single story building, there are two small flag poles on which flies the French national flag, one got tangled up. Two guys turned up in a lorry fitted with a telescopic hoist and freed it. Took them about ten minutes.

 

Keith on March 22nd, 2012

It is Thursday morning and we are a nice municipal site on the outskirts of Soissons, France. 41 miles west of Reims, 170 miles from the channel ports.  A couple more stops before we board the ferry in a weeks time.

More information when we have done some exploring.

 

Keith on March 20th, 2012

Tuesday the 20th.  Woke this morning to hard frost and freezing fog.  Once the sun came up it started to burn off the fog.

The combination of bright sunlight on the buildings, mist, and frost on the ground makes for some nice images.