This is my style of Blogging, where you will find Road Trips, Campervanning, Cooking, Music, Tradition, Travelling off the beaten track - though my eyes. So it’s clear I have a passion for travel and a love for exotic food. Taking photos, leaving foot prints, stealing kisses & giving hugs.......
What I have learnt in 2 months travelling in a campervan around Europe.
Well it’s the first time I have travelled in acampervanand it’s the 3rdtime travelling on my own.
It’s good that I like my own company, but it would have been good
to share the experience. I hope my photos have done that! It’s now been 2
months since I started this road trip, I had told everyone before I left that I
will be gone for 2 months. But Europe is big and there is a lot to see!
Spain has been amazing and has the most to offer, especially
Andalucía and the scenic drive of the sierras with the pretty towns of Mula,
Socovos, Ferez, Elche de la Sierra and the drive down to Aldea Mesones
Molinicos was amazing. And I nearly forgot the drive on the N340a from Tabernas
to Sorbas, taken in the mini Hollywood where they made spaghetti western filming locations. I
knew Spain was going to be a blast, but I found a lot more interesting places
than I had imagined. It was hard to leave and there is more to see, that I have
left for next time. The South is very cheap for drinks, eating out and a lot
less traffic, with some roads seeing very little road users. It was easy to
travel and visit places that are not in the travel guides, with people being
very friendly. All bars sell tapers and the food has tasted very good. I have
properly drunk more than normal. Bar is a way to meet people and every time you
order a drink you have a different taper to try, with each new one out tasting
Taking my bicycles has not only got me fit, but has been a great
way to meet people, cycling is bigger than I thought in Spain.
Campervan: The bed has been
comfortable, I could not wait for the first night sleep. The kitchen has also
been good and storage of my bicycles has worked out. The electrics have worked
very well, apart from not having a 12volt cigarette lighter fitting. I have the
cable there ready to connect. What I have done is temporary use electrical tape
to make the connection, to use for charging laptop, phone, etc…. The
generator has not had much use as the 12 volt system has worked very well, only
for charging my cameras, tooth brush and using the fruit mixer and this can be
done when staying at campsites, (Plugs are usually found in or near the wash
area) bars or when staying with friends. Also would be good to have some
sides to the awning, both the above items are available in Europe, but I have
been to lazy to look.
The good thing is you can go almost where you want, getup when you
want, drive somewhere new or stay a while.
It's good to stay in a area for a while and explore, than keep
I think a motorbike may have been good to take, if I could make a
fitting to the tow bar, for staying parked up with the campervan and exploring
with the motorbike.
Cycling has been a great way to explore, but the motorbike could
have gone that bit further and taken a bigger picnic for the day.
The Garmin Sat-Nav has been very helpful, finding campsites,
staying of toll roads and finding those out of the way little places. Also
letting me know my speed and of any speed cameras. In Spain I did drive now a
narrow street, in a little old town and got stuck, had to reverse my way back
up the winding street! Also when driving in a busy town and taken the wrong
road, the Sta-Nav has recalculated a new route and taken me down roads with
height restrictions (Low bridges and overhead tram cables) Lucky I could turn
around and not been a one way street.
France, Soon as I crossed the boarder from Spain, I was driving in
a very strong cross winds for 2 days, had to hold on to the wheel with both
hands, and was like bad turbulence, same when flying. Also has been very
expansive and crossing the French Riviera could have put an end to my travels,
but with a bit of common sense, the map Mike lent me, and the Garmin has saved
the road trip. The roads are good, but is like England in the South of France
It’s been easy to find good fresh food, not using supermarkets and
keeping away from brands.
I actually feel overweight here, I would say less than 1% of the
locals are overweight. I have lost a bit of weight due to eating healthy, exercising
and the heat of the day so should be able to fit into Italian clothes now!
Not watching any TV/news “except seeing headline news of the
solger while in a bar in Spain” (They say bad news travels fast) It has been a
wonderful thing not to know what is going on in the world.
The weather has been good up to the last 2 weeks of July; first
there was a lot of wind, then cold, then rain and crossing the border into
France very strong wind again for 2 days.
I am now travelling downItalybefore the busy time and then heading
north before coming back to England.
Crossing France to Italy, well they say don’t drive in Italy! I
have had a great experience in one days driving. Soon as I entered Italy, I met
with many motorcyclists, of all types and driving in all directions, people
stopped on the zebra crossing having a chat with no care in the world on a busy
main road. As for the Autostrada, is very different after driving in Spain
& France; slipways that’s about 50 meters long, straight out on to the
highway, tunnels & bridges every 2 minutes and road turnings in the sky
“when changing route you leave the road on a slipway of the side of a bridge
and continue up and round to change lane” all on a single lane and then enter
the new Autostrada on a 50 meter slip road, doing all this while you have a
Italian driver who trying to make a new lane, because he can’t wait!
Non toll roads can be very slow, down to 30mph, as they tend to
run along the coast, mountains though towns.
Yes, I would do it again, except next time I would travel with
someone and go for longer! Or do a road trip on a motorbike!!!!
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Only an hour from Ibague.
The geographical setting of the village comprises a series of mountain slopes, where articulate small flat areas formed by materials in rainy seasons, that are located in the foothills and have permanent water of small creeks which running perpendicular to the direction of geographic valley sense. The area around San Juan Valley is composed of fertile soil in which valleys and plains are denoted and where you can see large crops of corn; its main agricultural product. There are also rivers and streams that punctuate the landscape with a forest of medium height.
Fruit for sale on the road to San Juan
Main road to San Juan
Nice beach, few people and Cubans, can get busy at Cuban holiday time, is a nice place to relax.
You can make this a day trip, 65km northwest of Viñales and is attached to the mainland by a causeway.
You can ask your casa owner in Vinales to book a taxi to take you and arrange a time to return.
View from resturant
Taxi from Viñales $15 cuc each, (5 people) for 6 hours on the beach.
Food 8 cuc, Beer $1.50, Mojito $2.50.
Where you get drooped off and walk on to the beach at Cayo Jutias, you can walk to the right along the beach and though a tiny mangrove covered area and find the beach above.
At some point a filter is a good idea as it can make your photos more intense and reduces reflections and deepens blue skies if used properly, that photo-shop can not do.
"Photography is still a learning curve, for me - meaning an excuse to travel and experiment"
My latest accessories: 1. Panasonic 52 mm Lumix G Neutral Density Filter DMW-LND52E. Use to reduce light entering the camera in extremely sunny conditions. (ND8) Filter reduces the amount of light to 1/8th without affecting colour balance. Best used in very bright sunlight, to prevent overexposure (whitish photos especially the sky that will lack contrast) This will allow the use of wider aperture or slower shutter speed.
First play with Panasonic 52 mm Lumix G Neutral Density Filter DMW-LND52E
See: Full waterfall in large Image(Note: overexposed at the top of the fall, as sunlight was not at 90 deg to the camera but direct to the waterfall) 2. Panasonic 52 mm Lumix PL Filter (Circular polarizing) helps to reduce refl…