Homeward bound

Overnight, as normal, we had a little rain but by the morning this had stopped and our journey home started.  There is no doubt in June or my minds we will be returning. In fact when the time is right for us to live this lifestyle permanently, about 2020, we will be bouncing from mountain range to mountain range.  We both love the rugged views and even more the rugged driving.

Even the pylons are painted green.
Even the pylons are painted green.

 

Our aim was to stop near Reims so we could Carrefour shop.  However we left picking an Aire too late.  We aimed for one we had used a couple of years ago on the return from Lac Annecy but it was full.  The handy app showed another nearby but when we could locate it and asked a local he shook his head saying there wasn’t one, despite there being a sign up on the wall of a house (put no parking places). We headed back to the motorway and picked a small Aire and slept well.

From there we moved on in the morning towards Calais for a bit of shopping.  We found the fuel at the Auchan in Avenue Roger Salengro at least 20 cents a litre cheaper than the motorways.  When you are filling up with over 80 litres that is more than enough for a #Clewleystopsforcoffee treat.

By the time we get home we will have travelled 3750 Kms, 2343 miles. Our 18 Overnight stops were around £360 (including 4 nights at campsites which accounted for about £230). The tolls were around £225 plus £23 for the Swiss Heavy Duty Tax as we are over 4 Tonnes). We used Tesco points towards the EuroTunnel and ended up paying about £30.

Update from the Motorhome parking at Citie Europe.

We have used the Motorhome parking here many times and today was the first time we have ever witnessed any suspicious activity.  While cooking June saw a guy trying to get into a Hymer parked behind us and against the wooded area. Fortunately the van was locked and occupied.  The guy ran off into the woods. Bob went to have a ‘look’ but he had long gone.  As always security should be taken seriously as you would at home.  We never leave the van unlocked or unalarmed. I have other security devices (including my big Maglite) fitted to the Motorhome and ways of monitoring it while we are away.  There is kit out there folks please find it and use it, but never stop living the dream.

 

A few of the photos we took on this trip.

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Top of Grimselpass
Top of Grimselpass
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Oh how we laughed
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Ice Cream with Balsamic Vinegar... Who knew?
Budding Photographer
Lucca
Lucca
Geocaching
Lucca
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Lucca
Pisa
Aire Florence
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Florence
Florence
Florence
Florence
Piazzale Michelangelo Florence
As the sun goes down
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Ponte Vecchio Florence
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Florence
Florence
Florence
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Florence
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Ponte Vecchio Florence
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Venice
The Violin Player Venice
Venice
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Even the graffiti is smart
The Bridge of Sighs Venice
Venice
Venice
The old Bill Venice Style
Venice
Venice
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The Three Girls  Lake Maggiore
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They are quite prescriptive here
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Contra Dam,
Contra Dam,
Contra Dam,
The Road to Sonogno
The Verzasca Valley
The Verzasca Valley
The Verzasca Valley
The Verzasca Valley
Ponte dei Salti   The Verzasca Valley
The Verzasca Valley
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The Aire Sonogno
Sonogno
Sonogno
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Grimselpass
Grimselpass
Grimselpass
Grimselpass
Grimselpass
Chamonix
Chamonix
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Marinella di Sarzana
Lucca
Lucca
Lucca  Campsite
Pisa
Pisa
Pisa
Florence Aire
Florence
The Baptistery of St. John Florence
Giotto's Bell Tower
Florence
Florence
Venice
Camping Fusina Venice
Venice
Rialto Bridge Venice
Vencie
Venice
Venice
Aire at Cannobio
Cannobio
Cannobio
View from our window Cannobio
Cannobio
Cannobio
Cannobio
Campsite Delta Lake Maggiore
Lake Maggiore
Lake Maggiore
Lake Maggiore
Campsite Delta Lake Maggiore
Lake Vogorno
Geocaching
Geocaching
Ponte dei Salti
The Verzasca Valley
I think we will follow the  sign
Furkapass
Furkapass
Furkapass
Says it all really
Grimselpass
Grimselpass
Grimselpass
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Top of Grimselpass
Top of Grimselpass
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Oh how we laughed
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Ice Cream with Balsamic Vinegar... Who knew?
Budding Photographer
Lucca
Lucca

 

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