Sat. 13/02/2021

Hola, Bonjour, Ciao, Hello!

A mixture of languages because we are, as many will know, travelling, in our splendid Campervan, affectionately known as Campy! Initially in Europe – from Spain to France (where we are now – Côte d’Azure) and very soon to Italy, and then who knows.

And it’s our experiences in la belle France that have inspired me to resurrect my Blog to which, as you can see below, I last contributed a whole two years ago, coincidentally almost to the day. The wonderful time we spent last week, was a highlight of an already excellent trip and I wanted to make sure it was recorded somewhere for people who are interested to follow.

This thought made me realise that there are likely to be other amazing experiences during our, what, two/three year adventure, in which people may also be interested. Hence, the revival of my Blog.

This will not be a day-to-day entry, diary style – this would perhaps be interesting to us in the future, but boring to most. So, my idea is to note exceptional experiences, visits, and so on, for readers to delve into as and when the whim takes them.

That said, a brief (I promise!) intro to our trip, including our experiences in Spain before we arrived in France would, I think, be useful as well as paying tribute to one remarkable visit we enjoyed so much in the north of the Valencia region as well as the first of many special ‘events’.

At this point I think it also important to state that we have been, and will continue to be observing all Covid 19 protocols, rules, laws and indeed common sense measures, in all areas of all countries we visit. Irresponsible, we are not!

So, to quickly conclude this, the first entry, let me say that we left our rented accommodation (in Cumbre del Sol, Benitachell) on the last day of 2020 (now there’s a year to forget!), starting our new year the following day in Benicássim, where we were delighted to meet up with Claire’s Uncle David – (Hola David, if you are reading!)

Several days later we moved to Peñiscola (where not only El Cíd, with Charlton Heston, was filmed, but also, new to me, Game of Thrones – not that I’ve seen any of it); and Benicarló, camped equidistant from both. It was in the former town where Claire-Marie Soprano performed her first street concert (busking gig) in a charming square beneath the walls of the majestic castle.

And what a success – the locals (not many [any?] tourists) absolutely loved it! The high-point for us was when 6 burly, leather-clad, multiply tattooed bikers, parked their huge hogs just in front of Claire’s ‘stage’, sitting with absolute respect on their bikes waiting for her to finish the song. They loved it so much, each contributing to Claire’s ‘cap’, that they stayed for more songs before walking off. When they returned they were just about to start their engines when Claire started ‘Ave Maria’, apparently the favourite of one of the bikers, who insisted they all wait until she finished, before revving off into the sunset! Priceless!

Next post soon – telling of our visit to the wonderful Bodega Flors, IGP Castelló, where we started something of a tradition, as you’ll see when/if(?) you continue to follow this Blog.

Many thanks for your time!

12 thoughts on “OUR TRAVELS!”

  1. You sound like you are having a wonderful time good on you two. Loved the thought of Claire singing with the bikers as an audience. You are an inspiration

  2. Happy to read that you are well!
    We’ve not been able to travel down to our house in Calpe, due to travel restrictions. Since we need to cross France and want to stay overnight at least once, I’m wondering how you managed to get into France, assuming that you had not been vaccinated before leaving Spain. And now what will you be doing in order to get into Italy?
    Would love to hear from you – we always read your thoughts on wine and thoroughly enjoyed our wine-dinners with you! Will miss that when we’re able to return to the Costa Blanca!
    Safe travels and cheers
    Brigitte and Dorian

  3. Hi Brigitte and Dorian. great to hear from you, particularly with such kind comments! All travel has been completely above board – we left at the end of Dec. when there were no special entry requirements into France, from Spain. Then, from France to Italy, we only needed a negative Covid test, which we had, of course. We seem to have been very lucky with our timing! I do hope you can return to Spain sometime soon! Please keep reading the blog, there will be really interesting tales on there! Stay safe and well!

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