Tag Archives: Spain

Awning Blowing in the Wind

I’m writing from a motorhome park near Alicante, on the east coast of Spain. There’s a cool breeze and some shade beside the van, for now. But I did find a public area out near the road which has shade … Continue reading

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Still talking about the heat here…

We arrived in a town called Bullas. We were following the sat nav and didn’t notice it was bringing us the direct route but not the best route. How would it know? It’s not real, it’s just a bit of … Continue reading

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A Tunnel of Heat

We have always loved the spontaneous nature of travelling in a motorhome. The making it up as you go along planning. The ease of changing your mind at the last minute. Yes, so wonderful… hmmm. So we looked at the … Continue reading

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West or East?

It’s 6.45pm and I’m staring out the window a the flags in the breeze. It’s funny how the heat changes your day. Normally I am starving for my dinner by this time but here I can’t think of eating or … Continue reading

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Have a good journey!

It was the peace of the place that caught my attention first. We are getting closer to the Portuguese border, we’ll probably cross in a couple of days… but for now we are on the outskirts of a town called … Continue reading

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Simply Be and Do Gently and Slowly

It’s Saturday, the rain has stopped but it is still quite a grey day. We travelled up into the hills of Andalusia this morning to a town called Valverde de Camino. It’s on the Camino de Santiago as the name … Continue reading

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Zone of Comfort

My favourite way to visit a town or city is not in the rain but it’s also not in the blazing sun. One is a little uncomfortable and the other is even more uncomfortable – the hot one! I blame … Continue reading

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Water, Water, Everywhere

I’m sitting in the van with a quilt on my knees. Outside the rain is lashing down and the forecast says it will continue until tomorrow evening. Meanwhile the sun is shining in Greystones. But we are here now and … Continue reading

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Lost and Found in Mérida

It’s funny what you need on the road and what you (of course, I mean we) will put up with to get it. We stayed the last two nights parked in a noisy industrial estate just outside the city of … Continue reading

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Mérida

It’s not all fun and games here. I brought along my Bookkeeping for Dummies book and I’m getting a handle on bookkeeping. Bookkeeping has always been like that big dark tunnel in Béjar – terror inducing. But last year I … Continue reading

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Balancing Act

You know when a small/annoying/disturbing/upsetting thing happens at the beginning of the day and the rest of your day is off? Like, it’s not balanced, it’s just a bit off? Ok maybe it doesn’t happen to you. It happened to … Continue reading

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The Tunnel of (Self) Love Part 2

I did it! I walked through the tunnel. I wasn’t sure I would. Denis was with me and I said we needed to stop just inside so I could get a feel of the problem and then we would take … Continue reading

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The Tunnel of (Self) Love

Yesterday we arrived in the town of Béjar, about 200km west of Madrid. We have never been here before and that’s always exciting. We had set off early, too early for breakfast so I cooked my favourite – porridge, while … Continue reading

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The rain in Spain…

We’re well into our second week of travelling and it’s time to catch you up on where we are. We spent two nights (Wednesday and Thursday) in Vitoria Gasteiz. The city is a very handy stop for campers as there … Continue reading

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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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