Western Europe

The Western European Countries (EU, EFTA etc)

Sherpa Tenzing Help!

Posted by on 24, Jun 2022 in 2022 - Camino, Spain, Tilly the Tandem | 1 comment

Sherpa Tenzing Help!

Coffee stop on the uphill route.. Monastery at Samos Very appropriate…! Spectacular views Nearly there…. We made it! Siesta time in Pontaferra Pontaferra Castle We set off from Sarria in good spirits and on a decent gradient.  We climbed and as we slowly gained height began to notice the steady stream of cyclists hurtlying down the mountain passing us on bikes with no luggage….Uh oh. Sherpas here are extremely popular for walkers – and why not – lots of people walk with just a small back pack rather than Sir Edmund Hillary rucksack.  We were aware of...

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What have the Romans ever done for us…

Posted by on 17, Jun 2022 in 2022 - Camino, Spain, Tilly the Tandem | 0 comments

What have the Romans ever done for us…

Arrival at the end of the Pilgrims route in Santiago de Compostela Pilgrims window in Cathedral Santiago City view Amazingly found a bar with Jonnys favourite tipple to celebrate our arrival Next stop Lugo… and as usual every time we stop someone comes over for a chat… No wonder our progress is so slow! Amazing Lugo Roman walls Lugo Lunch time Tapas Our route to Sarria was lined with hundreds of Stork nests And views of our mountains ahead… The first thing you notice about Santiago de Compostella is the number of people with rucksacks, the next thing you notice is the...

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Pilgrims progress

Posted by on 6, Jun 2022 in 2022 - Camino, Portugal, Spain, Tilly the Tandem | 1 comment

Pilgrims progress

Leaving Porto Lots of these along the coast Mixed use walking/cycling path for lots of the route … And too many places to just sit and enjoy it Lovely towns for evening stops.. The path runs close to the sea most of the way And that’s farewell to Portugal as we’re nipped across to Spain… The hills begin… Some pretty seaside villages Hard going on the wet, sodden paths in the Spanish hills. Leaving Porto, our first 1km of cycling was virtually all down hill and a very steep hill at that, both brakes on full, until we joined the steady trail of Pilgrims en route...

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Porto

Posted by on 3, Jun 2022 in 2022 - Camino, Portugal, Tilly the Tandem | 0 comments

Porto

Porto has always been a city Linda has wanted to visit so we planned 4 nights there to have a good wander around. And wander we did, to the tune of 32km. We were a tad pooped before we started to cycle, especially as it’s all up and down here, which is never a good plan! But it is a fabulous city, with old trams, a cable car, a funicular railway and of course the Port Cellars….I wonder why Linda wanted to come here…! Anyway, we had a fab tour and of course tasting in the Taylor’s cellars and did the excellent self guided tour with Linda almost drooling as we walked...

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And we’re off

Posted by on 28, May 2022 in 2022 - Camino, Portugal, Tilly the Tandem | 2 comments

And we’re off

Our wordly goods.. Colour coded so one of us knows where thing are!! Where’s my seat gone… Always a relief when everything’s reunited… First of many… Our Porto home for a few days Tilly enjoying the rest in the glorious courtyard. Flying Tilly is always an interesting and sometimes stressful experience. Airlines have such varying policies for her, but EasyJet are easily one of the best with a 32kg max weight and they don’t care how big the package is , or in fact if its a box or plastic bag. That’s different to some airlines who give you a maximum...

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Rock and Roll Mary!

Posted by on 24, Feb 2022 in 2022 - USA, Tilly the Tandem, UK, USA | 2 comments

Rock and Roll Mary!

Welcome Aboard.. Calm before the storm Birthday Celebrations Hello Eunice…. And we thought this was a bit choppy… Little did we know what was coming! Mid Adlantic at Force 9.. A welcome lull between the storms Didnt spill a drop!! Well, the UK has suffered from some horrendous winds from Storm Eunice. We, sailed through it. To be fair the captain put his toe down and did a runner for the Azores but only managed to skirt the edge of the storm and I hate to think what going right through the middle would have been like. Our calm departure from Southampton soon turned into a gale...

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