Tag Archives: Spain

Next Stop Spain, no, France, no, Spain…

(The duck pond near motorhome parking at Vitoria-Gasteiz) We stayed a second night in Palencia and then moved on to the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz. We were here last year. It’s just a car park with facilities for emptying but there’s … Continue reading

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Spanish Surprises

(Lovely old gate in Palencia) After lunch we changed plans and decided to move from the beautiful view and my stork and travel a couple of hours here to Palencia. Travelling by motorhome you can do that, travelling by motorhome … Continue reading

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She Rises

(That’s a stork up there) Yesterday morning we left Portugal. As I write we are in a town in Spain called Palencia. Leaving was a strange experience. First, the road was narrow and it twisted this way and that as … Continue reading

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Normal Service Resumes

(There’s the border, remember when borders were places you had to stop and show your passport?) We have arrived in Portugal and the weather has changed! There’s heat! We had decided to go just one hour south from Santiago but … Continue reading

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The stars aligned

(The cathedral which is built on the site of the original church. The original tomb is in the basement) We’re leaving Santiago de Compostela today. My friend and I went on a free tour of the town yesterday. It was … Continue reading

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Camino’s End

(Bit wet here) We have arrived in Santiago de Compostela! Not the arduous journey that most people take. We were warm and cozy and sitting in Ruby as we entered the city. (Courtyard greenery) This is the end point of … Continue reading

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Did you watch the Late, Late?

(The Camino Natural de la Ruta del Cantabrico) First of all, sorry if you did watch, no, my sister wasn’t on the Late Late Show (longest broadcasting show in Ireland, imagine.) No, you didn’t miss her singing – they cut … Continue reading

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Foz by the Sea

(See the house out on the edge of the cliff?) We’re still in the place near the sea with the funny name – Foz. We’ve had our walk, I’m considering starting the couch to 5km running program again but I … Continue reading

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Change of Plans

(See the snow on the mountains outside town?) There I was getting a quick look (literally, I’m not joking, 30 seconds of a look) at the pretty pictures on Instagram and I spot my best friend/bridesmaid from the 80’s who … Continue reading

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Creative Pathfinding

(More pictures from the place by the sea, Cóbreces) We had a bit of a hiccup this morning… it started to rain. Ok so I’m not saying we can’t cope with rain, of course I’m not. It’s just you build … Continue reading

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Nice cow

We are continuing our journey along northern Spain… slowly. We’ve reduced the driving time to an hour so Denis can work as normal. And we are zig zagging across the motorway (not as dangerous as it sounds) to spend a night near the sea followed by a night in the hills. Continue reading

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Ruby fits in just fine

(Plenty of room) We’re in Spain! We had hoped to move diagonally across Spain to Portugal but the elevation means they’ll be getting snow on Thursday… and we don’t need any more snow experiences, thank you. So we are (sort … Continue reading

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And…. We’re Off!

(From Greystones to…) It’s an absolutely beautiful day here in Ireland and we are on our travels again! It’s a bit later this year because last March we missed the snow in Ireland, so we waited to see what all … Continue reading

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If this is your first visit…

If this is your first visit to the blog, Welcome! (That’s me back in 2010 when we travelled by motorbike) My name is Mairead Hennessy and I write about travelling with my husband, Denis. We live in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, … Continue reading

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Just leaving France now…

(Tourist Office in Palencia) We’re still on our journey home but only just. As I write we’re sitting in a supermarket car park in Cherbourg, less than twenty minutes from the ferry and almost the last bit of the journey … Continue reading

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Dog Necklace and Free Wifi

(Tierra de Campos from a moving motorhome) Yesterday we travelled through a vast flat landscape, with gently undulating bits for added variety, called Tierra de Campos. The name means Land of Fields and that describes it well. The road we … Continue reading

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I can see our house (van) from here…

(Sunset last night in Portugal) We went to Spain! For twenty minutes. Met a man from Spain. He sold us gas. We are back in Portugal. We have used the gas for showers… our new neighbours are grateful. We are … Continue reading

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You can see Spain from here…

(The view today) We finally moved on from Serpa. We’d been there ten days, the longest time we’ve spent anywhere on this trip. We were still missing it when we arrived at our new spot on the Spanish border… until … Continue reading

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We’re in Portugal!

(We’re here!) We have arrived! Less than a hour’s drive and we’ve crossed the border. We forgot about the time change (we’re now back to Irish time) and went looking for coffee at 9am! But that’s one of the great … Continue reading

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Discomfort Zone

(Freezing grass) It was absolutely freezing when we got up this morning. It was also literally freezing… outside the van. Luckily it was over the 4℃ necessary inside to keep the drinking water inside the tank. We decided in spite … Continue reading

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We have electricity!

(Just as the sun was rising at Ortiguera. Can you see the fishing boat coming home?) We have moved from our lighthouse location overlooking the Bay of Biscay, but before we left I took some pictures as the sun was … Continue reading

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We have a lighthouse!

(Ortiguera. To the right… a little cove…) I hope my photographs can do some justice to the beauty of the place we have found ourselves in today because I am struggling to find words to describe it… Oh and the … Continue reading

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Can I check your oil and water?

(That’s a ginormous sign) We now have a petrol station to add to our locations. I think this is the first time we’ve ever stayed the night at a petrol station, but I know petrol stations… My Dad ran a … Continue reading

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Free Parking with the Elephants

(Our view from the kitchen) We crossed the border into Spain this morning. It rained the entire time and the spray from the other traffic was a bit miserable. We had forgotten that this part of the journey past San … Continue reading

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Crossing the Threshold

The ferry crossing from Rosslare in Ireland to Cherbourg in France takes about 17 hours. We sailed at 8.25pm yesterday and I was in bed by 9pm! I had a plan. (That’s the sun…) At the weekend I had noticed … Continue reading

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Trip to Portugal 2018

(Car park near Rosslare) Tonight we are leaving Ireland for three months. There is one week in March when we have to be in Lisbon but other than that we don’t know where we’re going or when we’ll arrive. What … Continue reading

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What if life was just about being?

I often think about the messages life brings us… not necessarily the hard messages, the illnesses or the problems. But the small warm and gentle encouraging messages. Messages that in a normal day, we can miss. Continue reading

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Stop Talking to Fear

(Very nicely located car park at Entrago) We left Cangas de Onis this morning and set off for our next home. It’s a small village called Entrago, with a car park in the Picos mountain range that allows camper vans to … Continue reading

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The first step…

      (Cangas de Onis. Old Roman Bridge) Home today (Wednesday) is a car park in Cangas de Onis, a very attractive town on the edge of the Picos mountain range in northern Spain. The sun is shining and it’s … Continue reading

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A day in the life…

(A little bit choppy) It’s St. Patrick’s Day as I write and as luck would have it, there’s rain so we feel quite at home! I promised my friend, Julie, ages ago to include the normal day-to-day stuff of life … Continue reading

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