It has been difficult to write this, our last blog entry of our 2014 “Gap Year” . . . 8 months of which has been in Europe !!
Where to begin (this is my third try)? . . . .we have been . . . . .
Before returning to London, we explored Bosham and Chichester with new friends John and June from Bognor Regis, West Sussex. We’d met them last week in a BritStop motorhome stay in Stratford-Upon-Avon – they are also keen motorhomers! We were shown their local area including Bosham, the small coastal village dating back to Roman times, historic Chichester with it’s 1,000 year old Cathedral (with humourous recently updated gargoyles) and the Market Cross – dating from 1501, a covered market place with clock!
Heading back to London on Halloween we stopped at the Selsey Arms Inn where we were treated to a delicious pub meal by our friend Shelley . . . the friendly witch!
A wonderful weekend in Chiswick with Mike, Pinki and Pummy was full of fireworks … literally. Halloween and Guy Fawkes celebrations saw the skies come alive with colour & noise each night. No expenses spared here! November 5, in 1605, Guy Fawkes was discovered sitting in a room full of gunpowder below the Parliament buildings – he wanted the king removed!! More info here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes
Sunday we rugged up as the cold weather has set-in now, and take in the scenic Thames River & Chiswick gardens.
Learning about the culture and history of so many places has been intriguing . . . . however it has been the people who we’ve met along the way that make it so memorable . . . . . fellow travellers, “locals” & of course family in London, Scotland and Munchen (Whitney). We’ve found all nationalities friendly and helpful on our travels. Trying to communicate in their native language has been a struggle at times but always worth a try! or two! We are usually rewarded for our effort by a smile & pointed in the right direction …. or reply in English!?!
In the South of France, Cape D’Agde, whilst Bev was power walking each morning, she was stopped numerous times by cars and asked in FRENCH for directons!! . . . after two weeks there she even understood & pointed them droite (right) or gauche (left) !?!?!
Taking the plunge and pursuing this dream of ours has surpassed our expectations. We hope you have enjoyed living vicariously through our amazing adventure and perhaps we have inspired some of you to take a leap-of-faith and follow your dream!!
Sadly, we have tucked Bruce away safely in his nice, warm shed which will be his home over the UK winter. . . . . . there are still many uncharted roads to drive, hills to climb, people to meet that he has in is sights!
Excited to be boarding QF10 for home tomorrow!!
Some interesting STATS:
|Kilometres travelled in Bruce||21,500|
|– Mark (including 800 on Camino)||2,300|
|Distance walked –||A Lot|
|…… worn out two pairs of runners!!|
|Photos shared on Blog||1,246|
|Coffees consumed – too many to count|
|Oui’s, Hola’s, & Merci’s said||1,000’s|
Where we Stayed
Thanks to Bruce, our accommodation expenditure has been kept very low with numerous free camp-stops available to him. Here is a breakdown of where we stayed:
|France Passion Scheme||–||6||–||–||–||6||–||–||12|
|BritStops Scheme (hotel car parks)||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||14||14|
|Friends Homes – Indoors||21||–||–||–||–||–||–||12||33|
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