We travelled to Malvern for one of my favourite meets of the year.
I had offered to do a presentation about the Morocco part of our recent trip. It was quite a daunting prospect given the quality of previous presentations at this meet and the audience. Anyhow the moment came "see next photo" everyone was looking at me.......all went well.
There were many fantastic one off vehicles on show.
Some extremely well traveled.
We had the chance to see in each other's vehicles, this is Clive and Anne visiting us for a quick coffee lots of folk have mentioned I never show inside OWT.
The weather set in for a couple of days with rain.....what's that? We decided that as we had to make the break across Spain to Bordeaux we would do it now. We stopped in Salamanca and then Vitoria Spain does have a lot of nothing between these beautiful cities.
Just before we crossed the border into France we met a Dutch couple travelling Europe in this beautiful truck camper......it was very old......the same age as me!
We then arrived in Montalievet
This is a place we know well and have visited many times with the kids.
There are great places to camp in the forest
And mile after mile of bike tracks to explore, we settled in to a routine of cycling in the morning and going to the beach in the afternoon.
We met a young couple travelling in their VW climbing and surfing their way to Italy. Milton and Emelda set up a tightrope so we just had to give it a go.
It's funny how the balance you once had diminishes with age.....or is it just lack of practice and loss of bottle.
We moved along the border region which is called Alentejo "beautiful and mountainous" to a mountain top walled town of Marvao.
We found a beautiful place to park, very quiet, a little shade from the tree, and a beautiful view.
Marvao is completely walled in with a large castle at one end. You can walk the whole wall and visit the castle, the bit I liked the most is the place seems untouched. Not one handrail or safety fence anywhere, a British H+S nightmare😀😀
This gives you a real feel for how the place must have been for the original occupants.
As always the whole place is immaculate.
With interest everywhere, this stone table had room cut out for your knees
We met up with an Austrian couple in a very interesting 4x4 completely home built motorhome.
They had travelled widely even shipping to Australia and then driving the whole way back. Their sights are now firmly set on South America.
Time has come to start the journey to Bordeaux so we headed north and found ourselves in the delightful market square in Estremoz.
It is a little town on the Portuguese Spanish border that just happens to be the centre of the marble industry. It shows everywhere as the park benches, statues and even the market square itself are all marble.
The place has a great castle.....built from stone but inside is a fantastic church and keep built from....marble
The keep is now a hotel but if you ask at reception they will let you climb the stairs