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An attempt at escaping the British winter without impacting our permitted Schengen days in Europe.

Neufchâtel Revisited

Neufchâtel-en-Bray, that is. Many years ago we always used to enter and exit France through Calais. When we did so, our favourite stopping point, about 2½ hours away from Calais (when towing) became an absolutely brilliantly run campsite at Neufchâtel-en-Bray.

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All in a Grand Causse

The Villemarin campsite is an aire naturelle and is excellent … on six days of the week. We’d arrived on Friday having travelled from Fanjeaux and set up. We have been here before so we were somewhat prepared. All was

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Our Waterloo

Our overnight stop at Bunnik would best be described as adequate, once we found a pitch that was not waterlogged. It’s not the sort of place I’d want to spend any more time so Darwin knows what the seasonals did

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Lazy Sunday Afternoon

As I mentioned previously, the Netherlands is home to all five species of White-faced Darters that occur in Europe. My first target of the Irish Damselfly (Coenagrion lunulatum) having been met, Antonio had set himself another goal: show me all

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My Bête Noire

We were lucky enough to be one of the early ones to disembark in the Hook of Holland, so we got through immigration very swiftly and were on the road by about 08:30 heading for Havelte, where we were booked

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The Journey Home

Having spent most of the morning packing, lunched and bad fond farewells to our hosts in Stanley, we began heading for Melbourne airport a little before 15:00. Happily, Francine’s Telstra eSIM was still working, this being its last day, so

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Garden Visitors

On our last full day of this trip in Australia, two weeks of which have been spent in Stanley with the in-laws, I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate some of the visitors that have made an impression while

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Bin Chickens

Africa has the Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus). The “sacred”  bit comes from the good ol’ Egyptians who worshipped the sacred ibis as the god Thoth, animals being incaranations of deities on earth. Australia has the Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca),

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A Pilgrimage

Today we were back in the saddle on a trip in Michel’s car again but this time the roads and journey were less arduous. We were heading for Mount Buffalo which is a picturesque peak and national park topping out

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Beechworth

Valentines Day in Australia – very appropriate since, as I’m fond of saying, I love Australia. After yesterday’s lengthy road trip, we fancied kicking back and doing not much at all, so we spent some time in downtown Beechworth. Beechworth

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