NEWS FROM PENNY AND MIKE

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  • BACK IN THE REPUBLIC – last few days en route to the ferry

    Battle of the Boyne It can be a bit crowded in Ireland! Sunset at 11.30pm THANK YOU IRELAND, WE’VE HAD A BLAST, SEE YOU AGAIN SOON!

  • NORTHERN IRELAND

    Mussenden Temple & Co Derry Coastline Enjoying the craic with Marjorie & Stephen at Cushendun & Glenarm on the Antrim coast Heading for Game of Thrones cave Cushendun Beach Loo with a view of Glenarm Bay Mt Slemish & view from summit over Irish Sea to Mull of Kintyre Glenarm Bay Gleno Waterfall Mourne Mountains

  • INISHOWEN PENINSULA County Donegal – where Mike’s forebears on the Harkin side come from since 1500s

    Harkins are recorded as being church stewards at Clonca church RATHMULLEN – where the Flight of the Earls took place in Sept 1607, arriving in Rome in May 1608. They were the last two earls of old Ireland who went into exile when they could no longer defend their lands in the north from the…

  • ROSCOMMON where Mike’s Dad was born

    His Dads house His grandads house Walking in his father’s footsteps Charlie Harkins 1933 – an uncle? The local Manor – Mote Park Roscommon

  • Connemara

  • WILD ATLANTIC WAY – Cliffs of Moher & The Burren

    If you don’t like the weather in Ireland, wait 5 minutes…

  • WILD ATLANTIC WAY – Dingle Peninsula

  • WILD ATLANTIC WAY – Ring of Kerry

    Cliffs of Kerry, Skellig Isles, Puffin Island Muckross House

  • WILD ATLANTIC WAY – Beara Peninsula West Cork

    Kilmakiloge Pier on Beara Peninsula

  • IRELAND

    First wild camp at Cullenstown Beach County Wexford Beach house decorated with shells Tractor race Carlow – Cork on main road Bantry House & Garden Bantry Harbour – second overnight spot Jellyfish with 👓 Third night wild camping on Bantry Bay Walking Sheepshead Way above Bantry Bay Flora along the wayside View from top of…

  • SLOW DRIVE FROM THE COTE D’AZURE TO CALAIS

    Having spent our last day on the Mediterranean coast cycling the Corniche des Maures which links Le Lavandou and Cavalaire sur Mer, it was with heavy heart that we started the long drive home. We drove west along the coast to Toulon where Penny had spent some weeks on a foreign exchange 50 years ago;…

  • SHORT WINE TOUR OF PROVENCE

    The Var is the principle wine region of Provence, bordered by Toulon in the west, Frejus in the east, Draguignan in the north and the Mediterranean in the south. We explored by bike the area south and west of Draguigan, in particular Taradeau, Lorgues, Le Thoronet, Carces and St Julienne where we did a comprehensive…

  • INLAND FROM COTE D’AZURE

    There aren’t any campsites on the coast between Villeneuve-Loubet – where we stayed just north of Antibes – and the Italian border, a distance of about 30 miles. So we stayed inland at Peillon, north of Monaco, a lovely little campsite, where our next door neighbours were a couple from UK, Pete and Wendy. Not…

  • LA COTE D’AZURE (east)

    NICE IS NICE MONACO inc MONTE CARLO

  • LA COTE D’AZURE (west)

    The Blue Coast, so named for its blue skies and sea, extends from St Tropez to Menton on the French/Italian border, it includes Cannes, Antibes, Nice, Monaco and several Corniches. SUBLIME ST TROPEZ We found campsite Les Mures nestled between the sea and surrounding vineyards, between Sainte Maxime and Port Grimaud on the Bay of…

  • En Route a Midi

    As the weather in the Alsace returned to normal April temperatures we decided to head south. The rain and high winds made our progress slow, so we stopped overnight just south of Lyon at a small village called Beausemblant, where there was another free Aire, probably the most beautiful one we have stayed in, with…

  • 2024 – A Year Later…

    A whole year without venturing outside the UK, unheard of for us! The past 12 months have been spent looking out for the three nonagenarians – Penny’s Mum, Dad and Auntie (92, 95 & 99 yrs ) and Mike getting a Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis and associated ongoing treatment. This was interspersed with Jessie our collie…

  • Miranda do Douro – last stop in Portugal

    The Rio Douro forms the border between Portugal and Spain for quite some distance. Here at Miranda, in the north east of Portugal, the Douro has carved a deep gorge into the rocks. That’s all for now folks, we’re homeward bound now. More adventures later!

  • PESO DA REGUA ON THE RIO DOURO

  • FOZ DO ARELHO & LAGOA DE OBIDOS

  • National Palace at Mafra

  • The Atlantic Coast Around Sintra

  • SINTRA National Palace

  • LISBON

  • A mountain village called CHAOS – with a dinosaur footprint

    Our home for 2 nights was in a small enclosure for 5 motorhomes, just outside Chaos village, each paved pitch had water, drainage and EHU, plus stone tables and chairs. All for 9€ a night. We were lulled to sleep with the sound of the wind turbines. The baker came each morning with fresh bread…

  • TOMAR

    Tomar is a pretty riverside town with a grid of cobbled streets and a huge square with a black and white stoned floor. Towering above the town on a hillside are the crenellated walls of the Unesco World Heritage–listed Convento de Cristo, which was the headquarters of the legendary Knights Templar nearly nine centuries ago.…

  • Conimbriga – Roman Ruins

    South-west of Coimbra lie wonderfully preserved Roman ruins which were discovered, at the end of the C19th, purely by accident when a new road was being built. It’s Portugal’s largest and most impressive Roman site with elaborate mosaics, all dating from the first few centuries AD. We were dumb-struck! These are all 2,000 years old!…

  • COIMBRA

    Coimbra (pronounced Queenbrough) sits on the banks of the Rio Mondego and has two parts, the lower and the upper. The top of the city is where the UNESCO-listed university is located and covers a large area, this is where the main sights are. Coimbra was Portugal’s capital between 1139-1255, before it moved to Lisbon.…

  • AVEIRO

    LAGOON AVEIRO TOWN famous for its seaweed harvest, ceramics and associated tourism. OUR CAMPSITE BEACH & DUNES

  • PORTO – highly recommended

    Porto, we did you proud. In 3.5 days we walked 27 miles around the city streets… Porto is the second largest city in Portugal with a population of 1.3million – about the same as Glasgow. Porto lies slightly inland from the coast, on the north bank of the Rio Douro, just before the river meets…

  • Our First Impressions of Northern Portugal – Minho Region

    Although the Minho region is small – about the size of Norfolk in area – there’s a wide variety of scenery: two huge rivers – Rio Minho and Rio Lima; a mountainous National park – Peneda-Geres; the oldest Portuguese city and third largest – Braga; the largest weekly Portuguese market – Barcelos; a world renowned…

  • Barcelos Market

    Each Thursday, Barcelos, a town west of the city of Braga, which sits on the Rio Cavado, holds its weekly market, supposedly the largest in Portugal. We arrived late morning to find more stalls and stall holders than customers, which was rather sad. Each stall was beautifully laid out, some must have taken hours.

  • Portugal – far north coast

    VILA PRAIA DE ANCORA TO VIANA DO CASTELO

  • Ponte da Barca – Portugal

    We are still in the Minho region of Portugal, in the far north, as it is the warmest part at the moment and the scenery is varied: hills, mountains, interesting towns, villages with small-holdings, rivers, and the Atlantic beaches which we will visit in the next few days. Ponte da Barca is the next town…

  • Citania de Briteiros – Portugal

    A well-preserved pre-Roman settlement and fortress on a hilltop between Braga and Guimaraes. We parked our camper overnight at a local vineyard which makes red and rose vinho verde.

  • GUIMARAES – Portugal

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site – we’re so glad we made the effort to visit out-of-the-way Guimaraes. With its 1,000 year old castle, where the first king of Portugal, Afonso, was born in 1110; and the Ducal Palace, 1420, which became the presidential residence for Salazar, Portugal’s dictator between 1932 & 1974; the city has…

  • BRAGA – Portugal

    Portugal’s third largest city, after Lisbon and Porto, is also its oldest. Braga dates from the pre-Roman period, as evidenced by the Fonte do Idolo, a natural underwater spring in the city centre with sculptures and writing on the adjacent rocks. The cathedral, Se de Braga, is the oldest in Portugal, built in 11th and…