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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Homeward Bound

Dear Blog We’re sorry we’ve been having so much fun we haven’t updated you for ages. Were sorry we’ve put more effort into living our dream, than we have into writing up the stories of our adventures. We’re sorry we’ve been so lazy and hedonistic! It’s actually been about eight weeks since we posted our last blog post, when we were on the Orkney Isles. Since then we’ve travelled right across the North Coast of Scotland, down the West Coast, and across to the beautiful Outer Hebrides – “The Western Isles”. […]

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Travels on Orkney

When we arrived at John o’Groats, it was about 2.30 in the afternoon. We aren’t too interested in the general tourist stuff, so other than an opportunity for a great selfie, there wasn’t a lot to hold us there. We hadn’t planned much past John o’Groats, so back in Elton the van we set about planning the next part of our journey. We were actually a bit surprised to realise there was a ferry terminal in Gills Bay just a few miles down the road, that could take us across […]

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Two weeks on the road – our journey so far

We first holidayed in Scotland a couple of years ago, when we spent a two weeks travelling on the West Coast of Scotland, primarily on the isles of Sky and Mull. We fell in love with the country during those two weeks and vowed that we’d come back and spend more time here. That’s part of the reason the first few months of our big adventure is being spent up here. The second reason is that we want to try our van out in the UK before we go abroad, […]

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Our Journey’s begun, we’re finally on the road.

And we’re off! We’ve finally begun our travelling adventure. What started as a dream and fanciful chat six months ago, has become reality. We’ve packed up and stored, or sold all of our belongings, rented out and left the house, said our goodbyes to the family and have headed off on our big adventure. We never would have believed when we first started talking about doing some long term travelling that we could or would make that dream actually happen. But here we are in our van in a tiny […]

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Our Scotland Trip – Spring 2017

Scotland Trip – Spring 2017 This trip in spring 2017, took us up the east coast of Scotland, up and across to the Orkneys, then along the Scottish North Coast. From there we headed across to the Western Isles, then back down the west mainland coast, and across to Skye and Mull. From there we headed back into the central highlands – into the Cairngorms, and from there down the NE coast of England with the last major stop being the amazing Farne Islands off the English NE coast. CLICK […]

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