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 we’ll be in the Netherlands, where we have three weeks on our own to explore, before Phil heads off for a week with his fishy mates – and Carol gets to relax on her own for the first time since February. (I think she’s looking forward to that as much as Phil’s looking forward to a week with his mates!)

When we leave the Netherlands at the end of September, we’re heading down to Geneva for the end of October, when all of Phil’s kids, and our best friends are flying down to celebrate his 60th Birthday with him, and then Southern Spain here we come.

What an amazing year we’ve had so far.  After our incredible spring touring Scotland and its beautiful islands, we’ve had a fantastic summer back with family and friends.

We had a week’s holiday with all of Phil’s family in Devon, staying in a manor house once owned by Sir Frances Drake; we’ve had Birthday and Naming Day celebrations with the newest Grandchildren in the family, we had a week in the Shropshire Hills sharing beer, camp fires and music with the craziest bunch of friends we’ve ever had, and we capped it all off with a family “Bon Voyage BBQ” this week to say goodbye to everybody before we set sail for the winter.

How lucky we are to have such an amazing set of family and friends who’ve shared their summer with us, who’ve shared their drives with us, and shared Game of Thrones with us (note that leaving the UK the day after the GoT season finale is purely coincidental). We’ll miss you all. If any of our friends or family want to fly out and meet up with us at any time on our travels, we’d love to see you.

Next stop the Netherlands tomorrow morning – off the boat and turn left to head up the coastline; that’s as much as we’ve got planned.


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