We are Spinner & Mrs Spinner and have been visiting Europe ever since we first met over 40 years ago. Since retirement we try to spend around six months of the year travelling Europe in what is now our fourteen year old motorhome.  We don’t have a name for the van neither do we have a dog, although the opportunity to ‘adopt’ over the years has...

We are Spinner & Mrs Spinner and have been visiting Europe ever since we first met over 40 years ago. Since retirement we try to spend around six months of the year travelling Europe in what is now our fourteen year old motorhome.  We don’t have a name for the van neither do we have a dog, although the opportunity to ‘adopt’ over the years has been tempting!  Our MH is eight metres long and is a tandem axle and we have no intention of downsizing or even changing, despite the current fashion promoted by the dealers.   Like Jack Kerouac, for us, motorhoming is about the journey not the destination. The quest for fulfilment before the sun goes down perhaps! Aires and wild/free sites, call it what you like, are our preferred choice but also enjoy a campsite now and then. So whether you have a small campervan or a large motorhome, kids, dogs or whatever, it doesn’t matter. If your idea of life on the road is the same as ours then come and have a beer, just look out for Spinner on the Club Motorhome Windscreen disc.

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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.

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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ken
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
Sunday, 15 January 2017 11:57
dppostill
I'm new to the site and was thrilled to read such an interesting and well written blog. Can't wait for the next installment. Many ... Read More
Monday, 13 February 2017 22:23
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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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Thank you for this - Spain, full of history, spectacular vistas and as you say food that sometimes delights but occasionally chall... Read More
Friday, 01 July 2016 09:58
Xeamus
I have been following this series with interest, because in and around where I live in Asturias there were many bitter battles and... Read More
Friday, 01 July 2016 18:01
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Spain, A Brief Encounter with the Spanish Civil War- Part 2

 

 

14th April 2016 Ciudad Real to Córdoba

 

In 1605 Miguel de Cervantes published his acclaimed novel, The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha. The story follows an upper middle class gentleman, Don Quixote, and his lower class neighbour, Sancho Panza, who set out with a horse and a mule (guess who’s got the mule!) to undertake, through Chivalric acts, good deeds for their fellow mankind.  The backdrop for this great adventure was the plains and mountains of La Mancha, an area south of Madrid encompassing the province of Ciudad Real. Three hundred and thirty years later, La Mancha was the setting for the final offensive of the Spanish Civil War.  By March 1939 Nationalist troops had captured the main cities of this region, including Ciudad Real, and Republican troops were in disarray surrendering or fleeing as refugees to the harbours of Valencia, Alicante, Cartagena and Gandia.

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Great writing! Really enjoying it and looking forward to getting back there to see for myself
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Spain, A Brief Encounter with the Spanish Civil War- Part 1

I first visited Spain as an eight year old in 1961 when Franco still had an iron grip on the country.  This was 16 years after the Second World War which was preceded by three years of Civil War.  Away from the metropolis the country was poor, old women dressed in black still carried bundles of washing on their heads to the communal wash house. Bare foot street urchins banged on the car window begging for Pesetas while their full breasted mothers in red dresses danced the flamenco and their menfolk strummed the Guitarra and smoked cigarillos.  The place was dark, very dark, it was if the Moors had only left the country yesterday. Ok, I might have overdone that a bit but I just wanted to paint a picture of how much has changed in fifty years or so. However, scratch the surface of this country and the pain, suffering and scars are just under the skin and in some cases still visible today.

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 Spanish Civil war propaganda posters

 

 8th April 2016 - Guernica Basque Country

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