Benelux

Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg

Things come in Threes

Posted by on 5, Jul 2012 in 2012 - The Last Dictator Tour (Belarus & Russia), Benelux | 0 comments

Things come in Threes

Linda always reckons that things happen in threes, I’ve never been a great believer the old wives tales myself but I’m hoping she’s right this time. After the batteries packed up we then found the alternator had stopped charging them too and after this the diesel cooker control broke! That’s our three we hope and we actually sorted all these things out in one day! We had arranged to collect the batteries in Gouda and managed to find an MAN dealer nearby who kindly set one of his mechanics onto Taffy immediately despite being really busy and sort the alternator problem (it was a fuse!) Next...

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That was the week that was…

Posted by on 29, Jun 2012 in 2012 - The Last Dictator Tour (Belarus & Russia), Benelux | 0 comments

That was the week that was…

Well, we’re home (again) only this time we are really back in the uk, though not actually at home home as we’ve rented the house out and can’t go home… So we’re at Jon’s parents in Sudbourne. But why you ask, surely that’s in the opposite direction to Russia and Linda’s map reading is not that bad? Well yes, but on Tuesday we became grandparents for the first time, checked the weather for the next week and thought we’d rather pop home for a few days and see Ben, Toni and Matilda – our new Granddaughter – than sit in the rain and wind in Germany. That’s when the trouble began…. Taffy, in a...

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Getting excited about the quarter finals….

Posted by on 24, Jun 2012 in 2012 - The Last Dictator Tour (Belarus & Russia), Benelux | 0 comments

Written off by the press, avoided Spain it seems like a great opportunity to make the semis. It’s raining here today so do we venture to town on our bike to find somewhere to watch it?

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Home at Last…

Posted by on 16, Jun 2012 in 2012 - The Last Dictator Tour (Belarus & Russia), Benelux | 0 comments

Home at Last…

…well, not really home, but Taffy feels like home to us! After getting the Harwich to the Hook ferry and filling up with diesel we headed to the nearest Campsite to be told we were way to big for them and had to find another! Nice start we thought but the next campsite we headed to challenged us with well if you can get that thing in here you can stay, so after a bit of a 25 point maneuver we found ourselves all alone on the campsite, presumably because no one else could manage the double slalom bend you had to negotiate to enter! We are now however at Gorinchem, a lovely old island fortress...

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Nearly home now…

Posted by on 31, Aug 2010 in 2010 - The Caucasus, Benelux, Europe | 0 comments

Nearly home now…

All that remains of the Peenumunde (in Germany) rocket testing site is the power station, guard house and the staffs housing (which is now normal housing). The Power station has been converted into a very interesting museum charting the birth of rockets through their use in WW2 to modern day. Outside the museum there are replica models of both the V1 doodlebug and the V2 which looks like it has emerged fresh from a Flash Gordon comic book. There is also one of the trams that used to bring workers to the site that survived the war, the Soviet pillage of equipment after the war and its...

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Hey Ho Its the Revenge of the Tanks!

Posted by on 20, Apr 2010 in 2010 - The Caucasus, Benelux, Europe, Western Europe | 0 comments

Hey Ho Its the Revenge of the Tanks!

After resolving the electrical issue in England we spent a lovely day in Calais and headed to Belgium to fill up with diesel. No sooner had we filled up as it began to pour out or the underside of the van! We examined the tank to find that fuel was leaking out of a 10 x 15cm plate on the rear top of the tank. This plate houses the 3 fuel pickups for our cooker and two heaters. These pickups go through the plate and In to the tank through 3 holes under the plate. The plate had been siliconed and screwed to the tank and the silicone had reacted with the diesel effectively melting. This meant...

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