Posted by: glenswatman | April 11, 2007

199703 Malaysia England France Spain Portugal

SATURDAY 1 – FRIDAY 7 MARCH 1997

PENANG, BATU FERRINGHI HOTEL

 

SATURDAY 8 MARCH – Arrived back 1630 to ENGLAND.

MARKET DRAYTON

 

SUNDAY 9 MARCH – Mother’s day.  Van returned 2.30pm

MARKET DRAYTON

 

MONDAY 10 MARCH – Line dancing with Carol.

MARKET DRAYTON

 

TUESDAY 11 MARCH – Lunch at Crown with Mum. Back to Keighley, drive at Sandra’s.   Claire’s for tea.

KEIGHLEY

 

WEDNESDAY 12 MARCH – Visited Auntie Pamela & Uncle Denis in Wakefield and also Karen.

KEIGHLEY 2

 

THURSDAY 13 MARCH – Steve bowling in afternoon and evening. 

KEIGHLEY 3

 

FRIDAY 14 MARCH – David coming away with us.  To Liverpool to get his passport.  Went round Liverpool FC.  Drove to Dover.

522km

 

SATURDAY 15 MARCH – Ferry to FRANCE Dover to Calais.  Bolougne, Abbeville, Rouen, Bourge the Roulde for lunch.  Le Mans.  Evening at small holding Ecommoy.

ECOMMOY 484 km

 

SUNDAY 16 MARCH – Tours, Poittiers, Niort, La Rochelle. Royan ferry to Le Verdon.

LE VERDON 418km

 

MONDAY 17 MARCH – Beach at Montalivet until 3pm.  Dolphin washed ashore.  Marina by Lake Hourtin.  Tried to part Andernos Les Bains marina but annual French meeting rally there.  Parked at Port of Biganos.

PORT OF BIGANOS 170km

 

TUESDAY 18 MARCH – Arachon. Dune de Pyra.  Leak from heater.  Garage Bayonne.  Phoned Madison.  SPAIN San Sebastian (Bob at garage). Old own, tapas bar.  Overnight car park Monte Urgull.

SAN SEBASTIAN, MONTE URGULL 297km

 

WEDNESDAY 19 MARCH – To garage for heater by pass and oil change.  To Santander via Loredo.  Evening Santander by beach.  Meal in van.  Steve & David to bar to watch Man U v Oporton.

SANTANDER 273KM

 

THURSDAY 20 MARCH – Santander to Burgos via beautiful mountain pass. Burgos cathedral and plazas.  Afternoon to Camping Cubillas, Valladolid.  Nice hot day.

VALLADOLID, CAMPING CUBILLAS 269km

 

FRIDAY 21 MARCH – To centre Valladolid. Museo Nacional de Escultura.  Stopped at roadside in afternoon to sunbathe.  The on to Salamanca until 6.30pm.  Overnight at petrol station on way to Portugal. Meal in restaurant 1000ptas (£4.50) menu of the day – soup, bread, pork & chips, ice cream and full bottle of wine each. 

BOADILLA, PETROL STATION 202 km

 

SATURDAY 22 MARCH – PORTUGAL Coimbra, Conimbriga, Batalha, Fatima.  Overnight on motorway services nr Satarem.

SANTAREM, MOTORWAY SERVICE AREA 411KM

 

SUNDAY 23 MARCH –  Overnight stay on motorway very expensive, toll ticket only valid for 12 hours so Es3000 surcharge.  To Lisbon. Parked on seafront.  Up to Alfama and view from Castello de Sao Jorge.  On to Belem, Palacia de Belem with coaches, Museu da Marinham Mosteiro Dos Jeronimos, De Selem (wedding), Padaro Dos Descebrimethos, Torre de Belem. Overnight campsite nr Cascais at Guincho.

CASCAIS CAMPSITE 163KM

 

MONDAY 24 MARCH – Stayed on site until 3pm. Drove to Sintra, Palacia Nacional de Sintra. Drove on to Sesimbra.  Stayed on small car park next to Nomad van from Belgium.

SESIMBRA 102KM

 

TUESDAY 25 MARCH – Stayed parked up all day.  Clear blue skies and hot.  Fishermen on beach until lunch time mending their nets.  Sunbathed most of the day.  Bought football for David.  Meal in town in evening, too much red wine. 

SESIMBRA 2

 

WEDNESDAY 26 MARCH – Early start at 7.15.  Drove to Villa Nove de Milfontes.  Big shop at local supermarket.  Spent afternoon by pool at Duna Parque Apartments. Overnight outside Duna Parque Apartments.

VILLA NOVE DE MILFONTES 217KM

 

THURSDAY 27 MARCH – To Lagos water park until 3.45pm.  To Sagres. Overnight by beach at Luz.  Tourist menu in local restaurant ES4000.

LUZ 215KM

 

FRIDAY 28 MARCH – Vilamoura, Albufera & Loule to Fuzeta.  Es870 (£3.27) night inc electric on campsite.  Into village in evening with Kevin & Dee to see candlelight parade from local church.

FUZETA CAMPSITE 177KM

 

SATURDAY 29 MARCH – Very hot as usual.  Lazy day around site. Afternoon boat trip to nearby island, Isla de Armona with naturist beach on far side. 

FUZETA CAMPSITE

 

SUNDAY 30 MARCH – 0825 start, crossed into SPAIN just before 0900 on way to Seville.  Lost 2 hours, 1 to BST and 1 into Spain.  Into Seville via very narrow side street.  Cathedral, Giralda – very nice so must go back. David and Steve fed up but I would have liked 2 days to amble not 2 hours. Drove to Benalmadena and met Heather & Peter at marina.  Late night 1ish.

BENALMADENA MARINA 436km

 

MONDAY 31 MARCH – Up early for Steve to go with Peter & neighbour to do a job.  Spent a bit of time on beach but not very nice.  Steve & David played football with Luke.  Looked at boat shell in marina.  Meal at Taverna in evening with Peter, Heather, Alex & Luke

BENALMADENA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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