Sunday, 19 June 2016

Day 103 to 108

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 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.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Day 101 and102

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.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Day 100

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 
To the top
From where you get fantastic views of my truck
In the square

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Day 96 to 99

Well from our spot in Portimao we headed out into the Sintra-Cascais National park and eventually to Cabo de Sao Vicente.
You can park here overnight so we did but it was very windy
This is the farthest West you can get and still be on mainland Europe, you get a fantastic sunset

I love this place, it gives the chance to mix fantastic cliff walks

With beautiful beaches
Along with great places to park
With fantastic views
So we stayed around a few days and made the most of it.
We also met up with some great people, Marco and Martin in their fantastic self build truck campers
Marco in the centre is touring the kite surfing beaches of Portugal and Martin is at the start of a trip down the west coast of Africa to Cape Town.  We also met up with a delightful young couple David and Holly who had cycled from Cornwall to Australia......puts our London to Paris into perspective.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Day 85 to 95 Algarve

Well it's ten days since we left Savilla and we hit the Algarve.  I haven't posted as its been more Holiday than travel, the Algarve sort of brings that out in you.  I like the place but it is one sunny beach after the other interspersed with the odd beautiful harbour and a few "Irish Bar, bikini shop package holiday resorts" we tend to drift past those.
One sandy beach
Tends to merge into another

And another.
We did however find a gem at
This is the last place on the Algarve where they still pull working fishing boats onto the beach.
They sort the fish and nets on the sand

We stayed here a couple of days and on Sunday they had a veteran car meet up on the promenade.  There were lots of models I remembered......even a little white Mini

I couldn't believe how much space there was in the engine bay of this Mk2 Cortina
If I had to make my choice however I would have this one

am writing this sat at the side of the beach in Portimao so we are not far from the end of the Algarve and I can't wait to see the Atlantic 😀