Getting ready for France

I was sitting down after polishing the van to with inch of its life. Guess what , it rained so all my work was in vain . It got me thinking that all the work in getting ready for our hols(France) is totally knackering. I am not quite there in the retired brigade. Still holding down job. Looking quite envesly at the lucky people to be retired. Not wishing my life away but thinking it must be nice to organise a long trip away not just the two weeks annual leave I get. I was wondering is there a book on trips to France taking in regions and there high lights. There so many out there for longer trips away but not so much for two week trips. I know it is personal to the individual but would give a good starting point. Looking forward to some ideas This my first blog so be gentle with the ramblings of my mind. Just finished my tea and biscuits and getting back to polishing the van again.

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Hello GarDaph17I usually clean the outside of our van once a year, going to do the roof again in the next week or so. There are a... Read More
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Mot and insurance

Just had my old 16 year old van mot'd passed with flying colours just one advisory which isn't important at the moment,really well I've just renewed my insurance with Adrian flux £45 cheaper than my current insurance.I would highly recommend them.
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That's good news all round! I hope Adrian Flux gave you some discount for CM membership Did you mean this to be a blog or forum po... Read More
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Hello from a Newbie/cher

Hi everyone, thanks for the warm welcome!! Looking forward to sharing info and photos and some tales of people and places experienced when our wheels are turning and we go motoring in our camper. Unfortunately, I had to sell my 32ft 7.5 ton RV but my partner has a lovely Adria and we have enjoyed some lovely trips through France/Germany and of course good old UK.
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Spring is around the corner and its time to prepare the camper ready to depart for French shores mid March. My partner and I ar... Read More
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Hi Cher, have a great trip. Whereabouts is Sourigny, I couldn't find it
Monday, 06 February 2017 11:42
There is a Sorigny in France near Tours ... not heard of another NEILMAC
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Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics A motorhome (RV) tour around Nova Scotia & Cape Breton - Part 1 by Spinner

Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics A motorhome (RV) tour around Nova Scotia & Cape Breton - Part 1 by Spinner


Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics – A motorhome (RV) tour around Nova Scotia & Cape Breton.

There is some doubt who coined the phrase ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’, but for the purposes of this account let’s say it was Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. I plumped for Disraeli only because, according to my research, there are parallels between Disraeli’s imperial ideas and that of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A Macdonald.  I was also struggling to find a suitable title for this blog that would gain your attention long enough for me to convey some of the facts about this wonderful part of the world.

First I will talk about the statistics and then, if you are still reading, ‘the lies’ and maybe some damned lies!

First the statistics.  

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Hi spinner now waiting for the next part. we have toured Nova Scotia ,Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island but by car. one of the... Read More
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Spain, A Brief Encounter with the Spanish Civil War – Part 3

Spain, A Brief Encounter with the Spanish Civil War – Part 3

If Dante’s Inferno exists then surely one place must have been Europe in the first half of the twentieth century.  Whether we dawdle or speed through the Somme and Normandy in our motorhomes we are reminded that these were places of conflict.  Most of the time, the rules of war and engagement applied.  However, driving through Spain we are oblivious to the battles let alone the genocide.  It is thought that there were 500,000 deaths from all causes with an estimated 200,000 deliberately executed and a further 20,000 Republicans executed after the war, all without trial.

After touring southern Portugal we re-entered Spain via Badajoz, known as the city of horrors. Following a similar pattern of atrocities, that took place in other towns, executions were commonplace. Under the orders of General Juan Yauge, later known as the "Butcher of Badajoz", an estimated 4,000 of the town's inhabitants, both men and women, were taken to the bull ring where they were indiscriminately machine gunned.  

We didn’t stop at Badajoz but there is an aire listed on Club Motorhome. 

The Massacre of Badajoz 

Battle for Badajoz

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