The answer to the Germany question has to be the facilities and the infrastructure. The road network is extensive and navigating is straight forward. If you're wondering where to stay many communities provide a Stellplatz to park the motorhome. In order to find them we use the Bord Atlas. A very comprehensive guide book. It's in German but we manage to translate the key words and have found it extremely useful. The link below takes you to the Amazon website where the latest edition may be purchased.
We stopped at a Stellplatz this week at a place called Gangelt. The small town didn't offer much but the park adjoining the Stellplatz was fab. Extensive cycle and walking paths and a nature park. I was transported straight back to one of my childhood favourites here on the border with the Netherlands and not on our border with Scotland, which is where I saw them last. Yes, a herd of Highland Cattle
And now for the Spain question. We have just heard from friends that the motorhome parking at Platja D'Aro on the Costa Brava has been closed down. One of our favourites. Why? I have come across an article stating the intent of the Spanish Authorities to provide more appropriate facilities for the motorhoming community. It was published in 2006 but in the current recession I would have thought it would be in the best interest of councils to encourage as many visitors as possible.
While we were staying in Platja in March our friends Peter and Chris who live just down the road in L'Estartit told us of attempted armed robberies in their community. An invasion of police were trying to track down the perpetrators. Armed robberies-whatever next? Ironic news after our crime free visit to Mexico. Maybe as a result the police are struggling with manpower issues, or has there been a misdemeanour from a motorhome user? If you know the answer please contact me as we're mystified and disappointed to lose a really great spot to stay in a superb location. The local economy must be suffering as we all used the town and of course, in our case, the dentist.
Mike has had a trailer built for towing the bike behind the van but it isn't fit for purpose. Imagine pushing the bike (the size of a baby elephant) up the trailer ramp but when you arrive there are no foot supports in place. Unfortunately the bike sustained some damage from the first push up on to the trailer as the faring cracked. A replacement trailer is now being manufactured in Kent and we have come to visit Lee and the family in Germany.
I love travel, any type. There is always a buzz in finding & exploring a place for the first time, meeting and making new friends and if you return things are never quite the same.
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