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1966 and all that! Hammerschmiede, Germany

A night round the bonfire with fun loving crazy Germans. Our plan while in Southern Germany, was to head down the “Romantic Road”, so named because of all the fairytale towns and villages along its route. We’ve just spent some days walking around the beautiful medieval towns of Bamberg, Würzburg and Rothenburg and we decided we’d had enough of beautiful buildings. What we really love is being out in the country. So we headed for a campsite about 50 miles west of us, in the middle of the country, on […]

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Hello world!

Our Blog Site is being transferred to a new provider, and redeveloped. You’ll see that recent posts have not yet been transferred. Please bear with is while we go through this change. You can now Subscribe to the Blog and we’ll let you know when there’s new posts. Even if you don’t want to subscribe, you can always use the comment box to send us a message, we love hearing from people.  Phil and Carol – The HappiHalls.

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It’s all in a days work – grapes, grapes and more grapes!

How we ended up going back to work for the day in a German vinyard Strumpfelbach – Germany, 2018. With Phil being retired for more than three years, and Carol now into her second year of retirement, we thought we’d finished with going out to work……as we sit here with sore backs after a hard day out on the German hills picking grapes, we’re glad it’s not an everyday occurrence! How did we come to be grape picking? It’s a long story……. We were recently in a lovely little campsite […]

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A little bit of England – Gibraltar and Christmas

Happy New Year everybody! The astute reader will maybe comment that this is our first blog post since Christmas, and you’d be correct! We’ve decided to change the way we do things and put most of our updates on Facebeook seeing as that’s where most of our friends and family find it easiest to see log on to – especially the technically challenged ones! Facebook’s also a lot simpler to do short and quick updates than blog posts.  Our facebook page is Here. We’ll still doing occasional blog updates, as it gives […]

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Friends, Flamingos and Tapas

Well, how much are we loving Spain! When we arrived here in our Motorhome at the start of November, pretty much everything was new to us. Both of us have had short holidays in mainland Spain or the Canaries, but coming here to travel for four months with a Motorhome was way beyond any previous holiday experiences. The language was new, neither of us did Spanish at school, and all we had was our first two hours of the “Paul Noble Spanish Course” under our belt. The roads and road […]

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Sun sun, rain and fun

Sun Sun Sun We decided to come to Spain for the winter to get some of this glorious warm weather and sun that everybody talks about. Well, I’m happy to report, after a few false starts, we’ve managed to find it and I’m writing this blog while laying on a beautiful sandy beach just South of Valencia, looking out over crystal clear turquoise sea. While we’re happy that we’ve found the sun at last, we’re full of feeling for family and friends back in the UK who are now wrapping […]

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Happy Birthday, and the end of France

Well what a busy couple of weeks it’s been for us. The highlight of course has been the coming together of family and friends to celebrate Phil’s 60th Birthday. As a base for the celebrations, our friends and fellow “travellers” Steve and Lizzie had given us the use of their home in the French Alps, while they were off doing their own six week 4,600 mile coastal tour of Spain. We were blown away when we arrived at their beautiful home, high in the mountains, overlooking the stunning Lake Geneva, an amazing […]

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Calves Head and French Passion

Three weeks since our last blog, how time flies when we’re having so much fun. In the past three weeks, Phil’s been away with his fishing buddies for a “blokes weeks”, and when we got back together, we’ve travelled through Belgium and are now half way down through France. We’ve had seriously hot days when we’ve had to hide away from the afternoon sun, and we’ve had to scrape clear frozen windscreens, from nighttime frosts. We’ve stayed on river and canal banks in the Alsace, and watched the water lazily […]

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Netherlands, old friends and new

Amazingly we’ve now been in the Netherlands almost three weeks, how time flies when you’re enjoying yourself. We’re missing the family as always, but it’s lovely to be back to our nomadic lifestyle on the road again. It’s been a fun-filled two weeks since our last blog, but in those two weeks we’ve had chance to do a little bit of all the things we enjoy. With no particular plan for our Netherlands trip, we decided to travel clockwise around the country, making stops where there were particular things or […]

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Europe Here We Come

“E” Day for the HappiHalls is finally here. Here we are at Harwich Docks waiting for this evening’s ferry to take us across to the continent for the start of our European travels, and our first attempt at finding some winter sun. We’ll be back in March or April. How excited are we!!! It’s only been seven months since we rented out our house, moved into our Motorhome, and set off on our Scottish tour but it feels so much longer. When we wake up on the ferry tomorrow morning […]

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