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driving from UK to Italy – an Italian Job adventure!

driving from UK to Italy – an Italian Job adventure!

When we first bought our blue Mini our first thoughts was of driving from UK to Italy and having an Italian Job Adventure!  We all love the film, quote the lines and thought why not? Italy had been on our radar for years, we’d planned to go in 2013 when we were driving round Europe in a camper van but felt that we didn’t want to be so far from home in a van that we thought was struggling and we’ve…

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Reflecting at Pointe Du Hoc and Omaha Beach

Reflecting at Pointe Du Hoc and Omaha Beach

It was time for us all to turn round and trundle back up towards Calais. On the way we took in Omaha beach, Pont du Hoc and the American Cemetery. We can often get grumpy (that’s probably not the right word, narked?) in the UK about the American help that we got, I don’t think we like to admit that the Americans made such a difference to the victory  😉  We especially don’t like Hollywood changing the stories, and as…

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More rain and the best beach so far!

More rain and the best beach so far!

When we arrived in Normandy I kept seeing lots of joke souvenirs about the weather.  Mugs and t-shirts with people in rain jackets and umbrellas with witty french sayings that I can’t quite remember.  After about a week in Normandy I understood.  It rained a lot! It might not seem apparent from the pics I’ve posted, but we had to dodge the rain so many times!  That is one of the best things about motorhome travel though, you can stay…

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History in Bucket Loads!

History in Bucket Loads!

After our first visit to the landing beaches of D-Day we were excited to be  getting to what we’d come to France for this time – the history. We managed to get ourselves a bit lost on leaving Ouistreham which meant we were heading away from the coast and as such missed seeing Juno beach.  Sometimes in order to not get ourselves too stressed we don’t go crazy trying to get back to the original route and so we just…

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Jinxing the weather

Jinxing the weather

I woke to lovely sunshine for our first full day in France.  I wore a dress.  This may be the reason why we struggled for good weather for the rest of the trip! We were tempted by a lovely looking Aire (motorhome stop) that was on the front cover of our Aire guide book and headed there.  It looked right out to sea and was extremely pretty.  It was a good 3 hour drive to get there, lots of non…

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