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Our Blog Site has been transferred to a new provider, and redeveloped. Unfortunately some of the older posts have lost their pictures so we’re slowly working through them to get them all ship-shape again. You can now Subscribe >>> over on the right, to this new site 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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So Charming in Charmes

Well, it’s lovely to be back in France again, where we at least have some skills to be able to talk to the locals. While French was the language we both learned at school, it’s clear to us travelling around Europe that German would have been much more useful. It’s funny travelling in so many countries, it’s so easy to get your Buenos Dias mixed up with your Bonjour, or your Guten Tag swapped with your Grüss Gott! We’ve said DankeSchon to at least three French shopkeepers in the last […]

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Our time in Germany, festivals, beer and naked spas!

Well, we’ve just spent the last month in Germany. This has been our first real trip into this huge country, and it’s fair to say we’ve had a fantastic time! This post attempts to sum up all of the highlights in just a few paragraphs, a near impossible task, but here goes :- We’ve been to festivals where we realised the Germans like beer at least as much as The British, we’ve been to campfires where we realised the Germans are equally as daft as the British, and we’ve been […]

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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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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 […]

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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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