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And welcome to our Blog, where we record the details of our travels, as we enjoy our retirement and live life to the full.  If you like what you read, or maybe just like us and want to be polite, you can now Subscribe (over on the right), and you’ll be notified of new posts – dont worry you wont be overloaded.  Even if you don’t want to subscribe, use the comment box to send us a message, we love hearing from people.  Phil and Carol – The HappiHalls. 0

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A few thoughts for new travellers to Laos

These are just a few thoughts based on our month in Laos, it’s not a definitive guide, just a few of the things we learned on our travels, and answers a few of the questions that always seem to be asked in the Forums.  In no particular order :  Laos currency is the “Kip” and it’s a nightmare. 100 Pounds or Euros very roughly equates to 1,000,000 Laos kip. Good luck with all the banknotes! Coins aren’t used. Make sure you check the amount of zeros on your notes when you’re paying […]

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Millionaires on the Mekong

Oh what a fantastic trip we had cruising down the mighty Mekong River in northern Laos. We’ve just spent two days on one of the most enjoyable and remarkable journeys of our lives slowly cruising down 330 km of wild river, through mountains, jungles, forests and farmland, through wide serene stretches of water, through deep gorges where the water ran fast with deep swirling eddies, and through shallow rocky water where the river was littered with giant boulders sent tumbling down the river during times of flood. (Did we mention […]

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Bye Bye Brexit, Hello Asia

England’s cold, gloomy and under water. We’re off to find some winter sun and escape the gloom of elections and Brexit Britain. Four months in South East Asia for the HappiHalls 😀 Having spent a few fantastic weeks travelling around Thailand and Malaysia last winter, we wanted to really go for it this winter and head off for a much longer backpacking trip, taking in some of the South East Asian countries we’d never visited before. After some outline planning and Visa research, we decided to fly into Bangkok, head […]

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Having a Gale of a time – Wild Atlantic Way 3

Well, what a gale of a time we’ve had over the past couple of weeks. No, that’s not a typo, the gales and winds have dominated much of our activity recently.  We’ve spent quite a few nights tucked away hiding from 40 and 50 mile an hour gusts, and when the tail of Hurricane Lorenzo was coming over Ireland the gusts were over 70 miles an hour. In a house,  high winds don’t usually have more much more impact than an occasional rattle on the windows, but in a motorhome, […]

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Wild Atlantic Way – Cork to Dingle

Ireland – they call it the Emerald Isle because everywhere is so green. It’s no wonder it’s so green, they have so much bloody rain! And when it’s not raining, there’s gale force winds to dry everything out. I‘m sure it’s not always like this, but that’s certainly been our experience over the past two weeks, although it’s fair to say the weather hasn’t spoiled our enjoyment of this beautiful place. It really is green, it really is lush and it really is a fantastic place to travel around.  In […]

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Ireland – The Wild Atlantic Way

The astute reader of the HappiHalls blog may have noticed that we haven’t posted a blog post for sometime, and wondered if maybe we’d given up our life on the road. Well….just to be clear, no, and there’s little chance of that happening in the foreseeable future! Since returning from France and the Netherlands in the spring, our summer has been spent with our families, with most of us our time getting Phil’s mum and dad’s home downsized, and then moved up to Lincolnshire. (We could have done without Phil’s […]

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“Aires”, Normandy and Brittany – almost!

We’d just had two weeks in the Netherlands and it’s fair to say that the weather while we were here was pretty lousy. It was cold and wet, and so disappointing after our amazingly hot Easter. We still had a few weeks left on our trip and on sudden impulse we decided to head south into France to try and find some sun.  In all our travels we’ve never been down the western side of France, and for years Carol’s been desperate to visit Mont Saint Michel, so we decided […]

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Bloomin’ Bloomers Everywhere

With Easter over, it was time to head up into the Netherlands for Phil to meet up with his buddies for their annual fishing week. Well, that was the plan anyway! Three of the boys had to withdraw, two at the last minute, so the whole thing got cancelled. Very disappointing for Phil, however the upside for the HappiHalls, was that the fishymen’s house was fully paid and couldn’t be cancelled so we both moved in for a week, and enjoyed a life of luxury in a beautiful House on […]

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Belgium, an unexpected surprise.

Ha Ha – HappiHall blog posts are like buses, nothing for ages and then loads all at once! An age thing maybe, enthusiasm then lazy, more lazy then rejuvenated enthusiasm. We’re now in an enthusiastic phase, so expect a few catch-up posts! Belgium has always been a bit of an anathema to us. We’ve passed through it a few times, we’ve met up with and had a lovely time with a couple of friends at their home in Antwerp, and we’ve sat and watched football in a bar and been […]

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