Monday, 16 January 2017
Today I have found in another of my blogs some travel posts from back in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
After some messing about I managed to copy them into Devall Travels and they can be seen in the archive list.
There are so many more that were on my old Geocities website that have been lost forever.
Anyway, they are there should anyone want to view them.
Friday, 30 December 2016
Tuesday, 13 December 2016
The second week is a little problem as it really is 5 nights only.
I have been looking at hotels on the Gulf but the current prices are running at about $90 a night. When you total that we are looking at about $450.
It's not a lot better on the Atlantic side either.
I had thought about a trip up to Daytona and across to Cape Canaveral and that might still be on the cards.
This year in Arizona we did the relax then tour system and it worked pretty well.
Another week in the timeshare will be less than half of that. So. What to do?
I have one overnight booked before the Orlando stay. By the time we get there it will be time to eat and then go to bed as we will have had a long day.
Friday, 25 November 2016
Thursday, 24 November 2016
At all the other places we have stayed over the years, US and Europe, we have never had to pay for the amenities; pool etc.
There is always a swipe of the credit card to cover "security" and deposits for keys, usually apartment and parking garages, but never to use the pool or a lounger.
However, this seems the "norm" for Orlando. I'm sure most of the people going there are headed for Disney and the other parks and spend less time at the resort than they might at other places in other parts of the country and even the state. So I don't think that $10 a day per apartment is appropriate to use the pool at all. So that ruled a few out. I found one that was charging $1 a day? It must cost more to collect it in receptionists time than they bring in.
In the end I booked us into Silver Lake Resort. It has good reviews and close to the parks should we want to go to any.
Sunday, 20 November 2016
Sunday, 16 October 2016
Monday, 10 October 2016
The last day.
We had to be up early as the mobil-home had to be cleaned and the floor washed before we could get one of the staff to come over and check that we hadn't broken or stolen anything....
We had checked the inventory on arrival and they check it when we leave. Many of the FB and TripAdvisor comments seemed to find this strange.
We hadn't used any of their bedding as we had taken sleeping bags and our own pillows, plus throws to stop Reggie leaving hair or mud on the furniture.
We brushed round and then I washed the floor with the sachet of hospital cleaning grade cleaner they had left.
We eventually left about 1015. First stop the recycling bins and then off towards home.
A coffee stop again a Baie de Somme. Reggie had people laughing as he was looking in the water out back when a huge carp swam towards him. He jumped in the air like his legs were springs. After that he wouldn't near the edge, not even to bark or growl at the ducks.
And then we were off again. Cruise control at 70mph and we passed maybe one other car in 60 miles.
Before pet check-in we went to the Auchun to fill the tank with cheap French diesel. The price was €1.119 a litre. Today's exchange rate about 1.159 to the £. So less that a £ a litre. At home the same in £'s at Tesco.
And then to the fiasco that is border controls.
Pet check-in was easy and Reggie and his passport sailed through. ANPR picked us up and we joined the relatively short queue to French controls. Slowly edging forward through empty booths. The French not bothering to check the passports.
The slowness was because UK Border Agency, or whatever pseudo US name they have given themselves now, had only three booths open. Plus one for coaches only. There was one coach...
We edged forward and then it was all done and dusted. Only 45 minutes from checking in and getting 400 metres up the tarmac.
It did mean we could go straight onto the train. A miracle that it left on time. The first time in many years
And 40 minutes* later we arrived at Folkestone for the short journey home.
Holidays for 2016 over.
* you don't believe all that 35 minutes advertising spiel do you?
Sunday, 9 October 2016
|Noyelles Chinese Cemetery from front|
|Rear of Lutyens gate|
|Only a number....|
Tuesday, 4 October 2016
I mentioned that Reggie can be protective but what I really meant was overprotective. It rained heavily overnight and as well as that there were strange animal noises to keep him busy at intervals all night.
The beds are okay and the sleeping bags are similarly okay. But having a dog having mental barking fits is not so good.
Luckily being off season the four similar units we drive past to 136 are all empty. At least no one for Reggie to annoy.
The people in 137 across the roadway are in their own caravan and they seem to talk loudly all night until gone midnight. Reggie does not like that either.
So Day 2 dawned a little dull and we had a walk to reception to collect our bread order. The French love their fresh baguette every morning.
Once breakfast was over we set off for Cayaux and after a walk and coffee we went to look for the tall chalk cliffs that extend from Ault almost to Le Tréport. We found them.
Le Tréport is a very lively town on a Sunday with free parking everywhere after 30th September.
Something other places might like to note to attract visitors to spend money rather grubbing about for €1 an hour parking.
We had a walk around the harbour and coffee and gauffres before setting off back to the campsite.
A long day ended with Carrefour couscous and a beer to wash it down.
It is easier with the dog to eat out if need be at lunchtime and in for the evening.
Sunday, 2 October 2016
A bit of a fraught start with the car seemingly needing to be bigger than it is. In the end the Tardis effect worked and the boot/trunk was full and half the back seat not occupied by Reggie was packed too.
Once we had filled the tank and checked in to find we had an hour delay we had time to let Reggie have a run about in the dog exercise area.
Our original departure time was 1020. The huge board by where I parked said it was now 1050.
We rushed into the terminal to get a coffee. Huge queues so made do with a crappy machine.
We should have bothered. We sailed through passports, UK and French, and into Lane 12. It was 1014.
Our place for the next 50 minutes was that queue. It rained a few times and that 1050 crossing faded.
Almost an hour was up and we moved up to the next queue, tantalisingly close to a train.
On the down ramp we could see another train loading in parallel.
1120 came and went. At 1141 we finally wheezed out of the station.
Delays of over 30 minutes on UK railways are eligible for compensation but not Eurotunnel. The lack of information is the main source of frustration.
Finally in France and the exit from the train was to turn left and out of the back entrance rather than the usual right turn and out past the petrol station. Who knows why. No one bothered to explain!!!
The run down the A16 to Abbeville tested the new toll tag I got from SANEF the French autoroute operator in the North. You just drive up to the toll, it peeps and off you go. Pay later.
First stop the Baie de la Somme services for a coffee and sandwich. It's always a reliable stop and plenty of parking.
Friday, 30 September 2016
Packing and sorting had begun.
From the reviews it looks as though the units are quite sparsely furnished so I have emailed to check what we need to take.
A bit late but I didn't expect to take essentials like kettles with me.
I knew we had to take our own bedding and we have sleeping bags plus half the car will be taken up by Reggie and his paraphernalia; food and bedding.
We take throws with us to cover furniture.
The vet in Abbeville is booked for Reggie's passport. So that should ensure he gets home again.
Monday, 12 September 2016
Since we were married we have tried to get away for our wedding anniversary and this year we have booked a week in France with Reggie in a mobile home.
We tested the water last year with a weekend away and with a week to Scotland with him. He was generally very good on both trips.
This year though we'll need to have his pet passport kept up to date with a visit to a French Vétérinaire before he can come back. I have located one not far from where we are saying and he is booked in on October 6th in the afternoon.
The mobile home is in a seaside town at Cayaux sur Mer.
Sunday, 14 August 2016
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
Monday, 4 July 2016
Friday, 1 July 2016
Friday, 24 June 2016
Thursday, 23 June 2016
|View from our room|