Sunday, 29 May 2016

Day 83 and 84

We moved on to Sevilla and found the designated parking right in the centre by the side of the river.
Sevilla is a fantastic city, well set out with walkways and cycle routes everywhere.  We walked down the side of the river and into town.
This fantastic building is where they keep all of the historic records of Spanish rule in the Americas
We then did some shopping, so no pictures of Zara, Mango or C+A despite the time spent there!
I did however find a nice little coffee bar whilst I was waitingπŸ˜€πŸ·
The following day we cycled up the riverbank
Even having a go at a selfie with my camera......
Not something to be repeated as close up photos of me can frighten small children.
There was a lot of activity going on, a fishing competition, a triathlon and a football match.

Lynn found a mode of transport more suited to her than the truck
We also spotted this massive structure that appeared to be made from cardboard
That wouldn't last two minutes in the Bolton rain!!
We attempted to get into the Cathedral but after queuing for a short while a man came to say it closed at 4 and he would advise that once we got in there wouldn't be enough time to see it all
The same thing happened at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona "can't think why I might have trouble getting in a religious building 😜🍻🍷⚡️⚡️"
We moved on to more accepting territory and found a bar.
We then found another structure that looks like it's made of cardboard

It is however made of steel!

Friday, 27 May 2016

Day 81 and 82

Worked our way up the Spanish coast
Spent a great night with the kitesurfing dudes at Casas de Porro.
Then one with the paragliding dudes at Chinini beach where we met Lorde and Isabella from Belgium.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Day 79 and 80

Spent a couple of days in and around Gibraltar sampling the strange cuisine in the chippy and shopping at a strange store called Morrisons.  "Amazing how Morocco changes your perceptions" Lynn managed an inordinate number of hours on the beach catching up on "bikini time".

Monday, 23 May 2016

Day 78 Last in Morocco

We got up and at it with two aims for the day, tagine shopping and catching a ferry.
The first was easy as about three miles from Chefchaouen we found this place, we even had to knock the man up out of his bed to serve us.
It amazes me that market stalls and roadside shops are left unattended all night in a country where the general population has so little.....the contrast says more about our society than theirs.
We then had a pleasant drive to Tangier Med only to see the ferry pulling out as we pulled in.
What to do?.......find a restaurant and have a meal
We ended our Moroccan adventure on the coast with a plate of mixed fish
Once we had passed the explosives scanner
The trip to Spain was uneventful until we pulled in to Lidl Algericas to find it all burned out
Never mind there is a Mc Donald's next door.......guess what, you can order a beer with a Big Mac Meal.......happy  dayzzzz πŸ˜€πŸ»

Sunday, 22 May 2016

76 and 77 Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen, the blue city, is one of the most famous in Morocco.  It is close enough to the Mediterranean ports to bus in the cruise liner brigade, so I didn't know what to expect.  We turned up at the camping to find it a little run down and very expensive "by Moroccan standards".
It was however full of "old friends" Mareike and Marc who we met in Ouarzazate, Dan and his Land Cruiser group who we met coming off the off road route in Todra.  This fantastic 4x4 truck with its own balcony that we met in Echireida

I was lucky enough to be invited to sit up there and benefited from a fantastic view of Chefchaouen.  This beautiful very well Africa travelled Iveco 4x4

We all shared the last of our beer and wine supplies and chatted about our respective Morocco adventures.
A slow start in the morning found us winding our way down the path to Chefchaouen.

Once you enter the walls of the old town the "blue" overwhelms you.

It was match-day for the local team so I couldn't resist teaching them a few Wanderers songs....."walking down the Manny road"

We then found a great spot for lunch....Dan and the Land Cruiser crew had beaten us to it

Friday, 20 May 2016

Day 74 and 75

Well for the first time since I left home I pointed the truck north.  With only 4 days left on my green card for Morocco it was time to put some miles under the wheels.
When you drive you see the landscape change from desert to oasis.
Massive dams holding back huge lakes
To beautiful green pasture, we made a stop at Azrou and found a fantastic place to stop.

Morocco as always throws up the unexpected
I don't think you would get a horse transported like this in the UK and at the next set of lights there were men coming up to the truck trying to sell me a huge bag of Cannabis for 20MAD about £14.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Day 71 to 73 The Sahara

We couldn't come to Morocco without a visit to the Sahara.  We left Todra and headed out to Merzougah and ended up overlooking the dunes and feeling like Lawrence of Arabia.

The weather was overcast at first but still in the high 30s but it didn't take the sun long to find us so I headed for the pool

Yes I am on my own, there is only one other camper van here at the moment, a lovely family from Norway.  
We went for a walk in the dunes but with the heat and desiccating lack of humidity you can't get far.
The place is also so big
So we organised a trip to see the sunset on two camels 

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Day 67 to 70

Well after the recent ordeals we settled into the oasis that is Atlas Camp
Plenty R+R and much good food
With our evenings spent chatting with good friends from England
And Switzerland 
Plus good bike rides into Todra Gorge 
That tiny dot at the bottom is Lynn
We even got chance to meet up with some German 4x4 travellers mum and dad in the big truck sons and partners in the Landys.