to Malta, Paris, England
back in Germany from Russia was quite a contrast, no custom
forms no immigration forms, just front up with your passport,
they stamp it and you are in! quite a different in the
mind set of the two countries. It will be interesting
to see the progress in Russia.
Well I arrived on the island at about 10.30 at night,
was met at the airport, the only one on the flight for
the hotel, so the driver who did not speak one word on
the very long trip to the hotel thro a built up area all
the way, except to tell me the obvious "Working Girls"
that we passed in one suburb were "ladies of the
night". He gave me a very good sample of the driving
that I was to experience whilst on the Island.
Arriving at the hotel I realized the type of tourist came
to the island, there was dance music playing and a lot
of English of my vintage and older, were dancing the Maxina,
a '30 to 50's dance.
Outside I found the "Argyle pub" and several
other very English or Irish names, obvious they wanted
to make their major visitor feel total at home with UK
names & UK beers & food. I later saw a advert
for staff and the only thing listed was "Fluent in
English" that tell it all!
Later I found that Malta started becoming popular with
the British when the Suez Cannel opened and really took
off in 1964 when the hotels started being build, now the
hotel manager says that 80% of the island economy depends
on tourists and this is the first thing you realize once
the new day starts.
The first shock you get is when you change your money,
the Maltese Lira must be the highest valued currency in
the world, one ML = 5.25 NZ$, one ice cream was ML1, a
burger was ML1.5. In a way it was good marketing sense
because with the costs being small in Maltese units you
think you are spending little, unless you think about
it constantly. For example 55c as they call it is worth
I found the price of items extremely high and had this
confirmed when some Scots that were there commented on
how expensive it was, now I think UK is expensive, so
when they thought it was expensive well….everything is
expensive including groceries bought in the local supermarkets.
I found that the island was so small that getting a rental
car, considering the price, was not a practical thought,
however IF I was considering do a full documentary Photo
coverage of the island it would have been necessary, if
I would have had the nerve to drive is another debate.
So I ended up buying a multi day bus pass, value wise
I doubt that I saved any money, but it proved to be very
convenient, instead of finding the small change all the
So over the next two days I went to the limits of the
island in all directions, and found that most of the island
say 50% was built on, or that was the impression I received.
What with Hotels, apartments, timeshare well to all adds
up to a lot of building.
Went out to fishing villages, that were ready for the
tourists, areas of old defense and old prehistoric villages,
but unless you were a sun starved Pom that wanted to sit
in the sun and get a tan three days does it. It was interesting
that the Scots made the same comment.
There is a quaint sight, in seeing, all the old Bedfords
buses and riding on them, but that wears out quickly,
it is interesting see large signs urging "No Smoking"
and the driver puffing away, it was interesting watching
a driver light a cigarette, answer his cell phone while
driving around the corner, I guess all of the religious
signs in all the buses keeps harm away.
Went past a few very nice golden sand beaches, already
early in the season, and with the World Cup on (which
stopped a lot of tourists traveling) there were a lot
of umbrellas up almost touching, goodness knows what it
would be like once the tourists arrive, we are spoilt
in NZ were if we can see someone else on some of the beaches
we think how crowded it is getting, OK I know in Auckland
is getting like Europe, but you can still find beaches
where you have space.
A down side of all the tourists is in a few shops there
is very lackadaisical approach as to if they will bother
to serve you, if you walk out someone of the over million
tourists per year will walk in!
Because of the World Cup on there were some very good
deals available for package holidays the Scots got 12
days D,B&B including the flight from London less than
300. so once the have them there for the like of
12 days they have to spend the money!
The hotel was good, wonderful breakfast, good service
in the hotel, it is just once you step outside into the
other business that the service drops off.
The Popeye village was worthwhile and was a good illustration
of what could be done, or could have been done with the
Lord of the Rings villages that were build and removed
by NZ govt orders, spoke to a French person who the only
thing they knew about NZ was that the wonderful scenery,
in the Lord of the Rings film, that they had seen, was
I wonder how many from around the world would have traveled
to NZ to visit the Village… well we will never know!
On the way back from the Dingli Cliffs I was passing thro
Mdina and heard some church music, so got off the bus
and walked thro all of flags and banners and found a impressive
Church parade with all of the Catholic Church Priests,
Nuns, lots of others in all sorts of uniforms, a large
group of first communion children, a large band leading
the procession and a larger one at the destination, the
impressive large church, a full band in uniform, a real
dose of pomp and ceremony.
I went back the following day to look at the things connecting
the disciple Paul to the area, and they were weak unless
you were a real believer prepared to take the churches
word on everything!
Here I am in Paris in the famous Montmartre area, I arrived
on Sunday and went out for a quick walk and returned to
the hotel to repack my suitcases. Then off to a restaurant
for a evening meal, Monday I was out walking for a hour
then found I was tired, I then considered that I have
been on the go for two months now at full speed so thought
it was about time I had a rest for a day.
Tuesday, I wandered over to the Port de Montreuil area
to see some New Zealanders friends that arrived from Malaysia
today, they had had a good rest on the way so were ready
to go so we wandered over to the Les Halles area and walked
past the Louvre and looked at the Centre Georges Pompidou
art center, then Barry wandered back to the hotel and
I went into a Internet Café to check up on my email,
either my modem is burnt out or the phone line at the
hotel is not compatible.
Eventually I arrived back to my hotel, did my laundry,
I tried shaking my clothes but that did not work so I
had to use the old fashioned washing method.
Tonight Barry & Di came across to this area and we
went out to a Italian restaurant just around the corner
from my hotel. There is a amazing amount of restaurants
this area so you have a terrific choice of how you will
eat and what you will pay.
After dinner I walked back to Opera Metro past some of
the most magnificence department shops in the world, after
leaving them I did some window shopping and some of the
woman's fashions and dress designs were absolutely out
of this world.
Wednesday, wandered thro the shops and was delighted in
the range of clothes that took my fancy, if I continue
to travel I must make a point of shopping for the latest
in clothes. (my style not THE LATEST!)
Some of the women's fashions again impresses mw again
today, the shops would send a normal women into a shopping
The prices for both woman's and men's clothes seem to
be very good ( Dept stores, but others do not seen to
be too bad considering ) in fact they look much better
than NZ, of course you still have to get here and the
bus fare is a little more than into the city.
It was interesting to walk down rue de Rome and see all
the violin etc repair shops and wind instruments, there
were shops selling these new & second hand and a lot
of sheet music shops, that is one thing I like about the
old world how similar trades are together, it is better
than in the new world wandering all over the city trying
to find someone that will undertake your job. Of course
that only applies to the old businesses things like computer
are scattered like everywhere.
Wedding dress shops are close together and it is very
impressive the styles and the beauty of some of the designs.
There are also some good looking Mother of the Bride dress
shops so if you are thinking of marriage and want a dress
well what better reason would you have to come to Paris,
you of course could have the honeymoon first come to Paris
buy the dress and if you are still speaking when you get
home get married in a Paris creation, if not well you
have had a good holiday!
Cell phones are a must right around the world, every country
I have visited, and that is a few in different cultures
& systems cell phones are in use EVERYWHERE, by all
ages, except perhaps the 70+ age group.
I have found it is a MUST to buy a good map of wherever
you go and not rely on the giveaway maps you get, they
are useful for the major main streets but to find the
places you want I have found you need more detail, which
you have to pay money for!
Three hotels I have found that are in good locations for
the more or less center of the city are the ibis hotel
Sacre-Coeur H694@accor-hotels.com the ibis Montmartre
H697-GM@accor-hotels.com the first was Eu 70 the
second Eu 80 bed only and the one I am at in Montmartre,
Hotel Place Clichy they are updating to the internet in
Sept of this year firstname.lastname@example.org . I would
probably stay at either next time with the Clichy being
closer to the Metro and if they have updated things it
would be good with all other things being equal.
Talking of internet I have found there are quite a few
internet café's about but you have to really look
for them, do not count on the hotels to know where they
are! There is one around the corner from where I am, which
is within sight of ibis Montmartre, on the corner of Rue
de Clichy and Rue Ballu, the price seems to be about Eu
3 per hour.
Thursday, I went walking and ended being out for 16 hours,
first I started to walk from my hotel down to Place de
l'Opera, looking for a restaurant, but I realized that
my guide book that I bought in NZ "At a good price"
was out of date,
Top marks, Ivan, but it was a good walk so I carried on
down to the Seine and walked along that for a couple of
miles then thought it was time to head back up the hill
to go to Montmartre, to have a look at the Sacre-Coeur
after 34 years then to head to the Artist colony round
Passed a lot of leather.... bag, purse, wallets breif
cases etc shops, very small shops all packed with their
specialties, seemed to be Chinese owned, saw a nice men's
"Shoulder Bag" for Eu 22 saw what looked
to be the same bags shops in the main street for Eu 68,
they were in the Rue Beaubourg close to the Arts et Metiers
metro station. good range of ladies hand bags at GOOD
On the way there I looked into a couple of shoe shops,
because I like full leather lined shoes, and there is
a bit of a problem getting these, and the price looked
good, and found a beaut pair that I wore all day Friday
without problems, then it was on up the hill, past all
the junkie shops that were set up for the massive flow
of tourists to the Sacre-Coeur, yes it was as impressive
as when I first saw it 34 years ago.
YES it had changed now they have several Café's
in the center with all of the Artists around it's edge.
I had a good look at the artists work and it was interesting
how many had no real contact with their client just let
them sit there and painted away quietly. There were all
levels of ability and it was there I found the French
do not have much of a sense of humor, some of my jokes
developed lead feet, but perhaps it was my jokes!
I eventually found one that did very nice work and he
had a good sense of humor with the banter we had when
he was wanting me to sit for a portrait, he said he would
really like to do a drawing of me as he like the character
I had in my face, I wondered if I liked that, my face
getting old enough to have character, but Oh well.
He got me thinking having a portrait drawn so I had a
good look at his sample than wandered around them all
looking at their samples and if they were working their
style and the likeness they were achieving, so in the
end I felt the guy who thought I had "character"
was in fact the best artist there, so I went back and
of course he was not there so I waited.
Also waiting were a couple of young American girls of
about 18-22 and we got talking and one of them also liked
"my Artist's" style so when he returned I decided
to let her go first to check out his ability to create
a likeness, he was good!
So when he was finished I approached him and he was pleased,
he said it was a pleasure to do a real portrait, most
of what he did he said was "Babes" and when
I observed later, yes the whole setup was aimed at young
ladies, that was what most of the samples were.
It turned Davy was Malaysian English, in Malaysia till
he was 7 then brought up in UK. Had been drawing portraits
there for 20 years, told him I was a portrait Photographer,
so we had a good little bit of banter going on together.
Davy, did, I think a good job, I am very pleased with
it and will probably put a copy of it on my web site,
although I will have to think about doing that on my Photographic
web site. It cost Eu 50 for about one hours work,
and I was pleased with that.
While I was waiting for him I had a conversation with
a woman with a 120 SLR and a heavy lens, I had seen her
earlier when I had arrived & told her I admired her
perseverance, told her I would not an have done what she
was doing, it appeared she had lugged it all through Italy,
found out she was from Sacramento, and here husband had
sold Ted Sirlin his current building, yes it is a small
Davy told me he had a friend who was a New Zealander,
who was a photographer, so later, after he did one more
portrait after mine, we went down the hill to the pub
where the NZer was ensconced, with his dog under the table,
yes he was a photographer, but left NZ at 18 now 38, was
"finding him self" in Paris so he could make
a world wide name for himself, his name is Wayne Plant
so watch for this name in the future, he has a lot of
Davy "my Artist's" by this time was getting
a little nervous and sure enough his phone went with his
wife threatening him with bodily harm, listening to his
side of the conversation so he was off to make a appearance
at home so then Wayne, the NZ'er, & his friend &
I drank on for a while then his friend started getting
nervous also with women problems!
However it was agreed that we would all go out to eat
at a trendy little restaurant 20 minutes walk away, that
had some interesting photographs on display. Well we got
there and people were lined up, drinking, standing on
the footpath, they did not take table bookings, but it
was a pleasant surprise by the time the friend arrived
with his partner & sister, who was in town to do auditions
for becoming a actress, the table for five was ready.
So it was a good meal, with good conversation, and it
was 12.20 when we got outside with the last metro train
going in 10 minutes, with me with at least with one train
change, I did not have a show, so it was time for a taxi,
and where did I put that card with the hotel name, it
was in my other wallet at the hotel, so I pointed out
about where I wanted to go on the map and we were off,
no I did not want to get out there,
in the middle of the sex shop area, but on up the road.
Eventually we found the hotel, as I did not have enough
change he worked it, so he got a bigger tip that what
he should, but Oh well, is not that what we are supposed
to do to keep their economy going?
Talking of the Sex Shops they are now all around the Moulin
Rouge, with touts out the front, and that is one of the
downsides of being a male traveling by yourself, you are
a target for every sex situation you can think of, and
a few you can't, the best was is to pretend they are not
there, that you can not hear them, and they loose heart
very quickly, at with the pace I walk I am "Gone".
One guy stepped in front of me to get me attention as
as he was small I kept striding and he jumped back with
a fright, obviously that had not happened to him before.
Up and thought I can not leave Paris with out seeing the
L'Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower again so with my
new shoes on and a metro ride to the Arc then walked to
the Tower, yes it is a good walk, and again the impression
is MASSIVE, with a smell of new paint, there was, I was
told a one hour 20 min wait to go to the top so I went
wandering, however talking to the Woods later it seems
they went at about the same time and went to the top without
waiting, so it depends on the moment you are there.
the gardens in front of the tower I was a couple photographing
each other so I did my photographer trick and did one of
them together, we got talking, yes they were from Denver,
yes the knew Don Feltner, so again it is a small world!
at the map and thought I will see if I can walk back,
after yesterday I was a fraction tired, but off I set,
back, I found almost all the way I had come, then I was
into new territory, stopped at the big M for some chips
and a large diet coke and then on again and waller, there
was a shop I knew so it was only 20 more minutes up the
hill to the hotel stopping to replenish my supplies at
a supermarket, then to down load the emails and spend
the rest of the afternoon answering the ones that needed
replies and tap out this missive.
has been hot and humid today, the locals tell me that
it is terrible in Paris in the summer with this type of
weather, I think today has been the hottest day of the
everyone in this country smokes, at all ages, so you will
find that the small café's they all light up, the
ice cream vendor will have a smoke in his hand.
evidently has the loosest laws on dogs of any country
in Europe. You can take a dog anywhere! So there are a
lot of Paris land mines on the footpaths so you need to
watch where you walk otherwise you will "Step in
my previous visits to France I wondered where all the
beautiful women that there are supposed to be in France,
well they are all in Paris, and the standard of dress
is very impressive with the better dressed set!
ask a Frenchman to recommend a Restaurant, they take food
far to seriously for normal people.
traffic in Paris is hectic to say the least, parking is
impossible, and where some people park, is incredible.
I have seen active parking wardens writing tickets and
I have seen several wheel clamps on cars. I have almost
been knocked over on crossings when I attempt to cross
on a green light, someone running as the light turns red
traveling at a high speed whips in front of you. I have
been told it is illegal to hit a person on a crossing,
a ECC law, the French drivers know nothing of it!
the car bombs going off round the world, I assume is the
reason I saw two cops with body armor, pump action Shotgun,
mirror on a long arm to look under the car, they were
going over the car carefully looking under, and in the
car before it was let into the car parking building, now
was it normal, I did not stick around to find out, was
it happening everywhere I have no idea but it was interesting
to see it in one location.
is a lot of begging in the street, you see the same ones
in the same location every day, they look mainly of Turkish
or similar origin, it is interesting in my travels I have
yet to remember seeing a Chinese doing this in their new
country, they just put their head down and get on with
Went off to the Flea Market at "Marche Aux Puces
de Saint-Quen, very interesting, say many things that
needed rescuing, just as well that I live on the other
side of the world! I have a feeling that a lot of the
people standing with the one item for sale many have just
liberated it from a capitalist restricted ownership.
were also many high quality antique shops with many beautiful
examples of old furniture, chandeliers, paintings, etc.
It was a good walk there and back and with my sore heel
that was enough walking for the day. I was also told that
there was another good flea market out at Porte de Montreuil
which would have required a double metro ride and I have
been trying to walk everywhere.
Barry phoned and said he & Di were going to the Musee
d'Orsay, which I would describe as a large Art Gallery.
It was build in a old Railway Station and what a magnificent
building it is. It was full of well known art works by
the world famous artists like Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec,
Van Gogh, and all the others. We spent about three hours
and just as I was feeling "Cultured out" Barry
made the same comment, in a slightly different way so
we wandered out and decided to do a boat trip on the Seine,
one where you can get on and off at different stops.
thought of the boat trip, after, was that it is not a
sunny day project better on a overcast day, and possibly
one would see more from the top of a double decker bus.
down one stop and we got off to search out a café
for a late lunch, found a good one that did not break
the bank and we found a nice dry white wine.
towards the boat "Station" passing the super
popular restaurant "Fish" owned by a NZ'er,
and at the crossing by the river we were held up by a
type of "Round the Bays Marathon" but with roller
skates, there were thousands of people of all ages and
watching some of the people of all sorts of experiences.
They had police on skates, it was a very impressive sight.
on the boat, with all of the sunshine and heat it was
time to think of where we would get of to head back to
out hotels, all both decided on the Louvre stop, so then
Barry & Di headed off to the Metro and I decided to
walk back, well with the sore heel & the heat it almost
killed me, but I made it, just!
Packed up early and took a cab to the Peugeot agent across
the other side of town, Why does there always have to
be drama's with me? I placed a nice "bomber type
jack" on top of my case thro the handle so it would
not fall out, what did it do? Fall out, when did I miss
it when I got across the other side of town!
next bit of drama way the taxi driver said this street
does not exist. I found out later they changed the street
name three years ago and of course no taxi driver updates
their street directories, partially the size of Paris
that often do they.
I got there! This car rental system they have in France
is where you get a brand new car, registered, insured
for a max of 175 days, for what I think is a very reasonable
price. The story is that apparently the tax on a new car
is very high and on a second hand car low, do not know
the figures… so they rent them to non European residents,
register the car in the tourists name, and they have a
second hand car in a matter of less than 175 days.
there was one guy there who notified them that there was
going to be another driver, so they put the car into the
other drivers name didn't they, and they need his passport,
because the ownership papers where in his name, this of
course meant he had to be the one that returned the car,
so there are a lot of traps for young players.
you need to check everything! He was trying to get upset
but his voice did not make it serious enough, he was saying
the right words, but they were not making a impact, people
were not running around, they were all calm and orderly.
Car has ZERO Kms on the Speedo I have never seen on with
nothing on the clock!
how as I left he was still there and he was there before
me! No real problems getting onto the motorway and by
luck, I will not make any other claims I was heading in
the correct direction. If you suffer from hay fever stay
away from the motorways around Paris they have a lot of
Privet growing and it was all in bloom, that along with
lots of white clover!
the moment the fruit shops are full of cherries so I have
been having my share and someone else's, very reasonably
priced. From a supermarket I bought two sandwich's and
a plastic box of cherries I guess ¾ kilo and the
cherries cost less than the sandwich's, makes you think
some more tonight at Calais from a green grocer, there
were three men serving fruit behind the counter, interesting
how the old way take longer to die out in Europe.
the night here in Calais, you can buy a return ticket
for the next day for a fraction of the cost of a one way
ticket on the same day. Hope it works OK!
75 kms out of Calais I was passed by about a dozen Porchse,
all the latest models, four Ferrari's, new convertible
Jag's, a Ford GT40, a TRV and goodness knows what else,
they looked impressive, I was cruising at 150 in a 130
area and the left me standing! That is the way to see
Europe, if you can afford it!
Well it was going to be another hot day in France, possibly
in the 30's so it was time to move to a cooler climate
so to England was the obvious choice!
off to the ferry early and was first in line, then first
on the boat, then first off the boat, to RAIN. While on
the boat I found that over the weekend Le Mans car races
were on which is why I saw all of the exotic cars on the
road returning home!
as I was heading north on the M25 via the Dartford tunnel
I again wondered was all the fuss was about then I hear
the Pom's talking of the bad traffic on the M25, I think
I have struck it once in all the years I have been doing
the M25. different story, I guess, if I had to do it everyday,
or at certain hours I bet!
out of the rain by the time I reached the M1 turnoff and
the sun started shining and from then on it was a beaut
day! This story of England have one fine day for summer
is not correct, according to the car radio this was the
second fine day in a row! With the ten feet of snow in
Queenstown NZ and snow on the flat in Canterbury NZ finally
it is looking like I am in the right place, for a while
I was wondering.
I was well on the away to Knutsford, near Manchester some
262 miles away. I wanted to check out the travel clothes
that they sell there and at other branches throughout
I wanted to do this first because I was intending to leave
a suitcase at Carvers (the caravan storage coy in Bedford,
that I had used for many years to store the various motorhomes
I used in Europe) and if I could get all of these fancy
clothes that you can wash and wear well I could leave
more at Carvers.
I got there at about 4.30pm and discovered there was nothing
worth while travelling that distance, they had no non
crease jackets to fit me, the woman said "we can
get it for you and send it to you" and I explained
I was going to be on the move so that was not possible.
Then I tried something different on and that did not fit,
guess what the woman said " we can….." I must
not be to hard on her I think she is one of these new
robots that have been programmed and that was just part
of the program!
it was time now to find a hotel so back onto the motorway,
South towards Bedford that was my next planed stop. After
about one hour I stopped into a hotel on the motorway,
but when I found they did not have a internet connection
it was on to the more expensive Holiday Inn. I thought,
tomorrow, I will have to be more economical with hotels,
it can't be too hard finding a reasonable one with a phone
in a room, how much more basic can you get than that?
I was to find out that you can get more basic than that
by not having a phone in the room and still charge £50
Wednesday I set out early to go to Carvers, of course
they were closed on Wednesdays. So I went on to Hemel
Hempstead to see Jack & Terri Hedger, from NZ, they
have been in UK for seven years and he says they will
be pleased to return to NZ. He is from the UK and said
he never liked the place!
a bit of time with them, then went off to find a hotel,
it was then I decided I would have to become better organized
than this, I must have traveled about 60 miles around
every hotel I could find and they were all full except
the last one!
Well after spending two nights in England it was becoming
obvious that I either would have to plan on returning
early to NZ or get a cheap caravan and car and do the
caravanning bit again.
I went to Carvers, looked what i had in storage, looked
at what they had for in caravans for sale and liked the
dirty caravan that had been stored outside for a couple
of years, they had a price of £2000 with a awning,
I thought possibly £1500 without the awning, another
factor was that I was going to send the stuff I had in
storage home to NZ with the Hedgers in their shipping
container, When I looked at all the stuff I had in storage
here from the motorhomes, thought what will I do with
this back in NZ?
Then I re-looked at what I had been paying for hotels,
a min of £50 a night plus breakfast, lunch and dinner.
And it seemed that B&B are almost this price as well,
if you can find them, I decided that my decision, after
doing my sums again, to buy a cheap caravan was the correct
I thought first I should check out the prices, before
I buy, so I set off to Gunthorpe, 80 miles north, where
I had bought a caravan in the early '90's, it was quite
a drive, I found the cheapest one was £2300, it
was very clean and it established a price and made the
one at Carvers look better.
it was back towards Carvers & another hotel, where
I looked through some Auto Traders found some caravans,
rang them through the pay phone & they all had sold,
or sounded pretty bad! Also checked out the cars that
were advertised and again they had been sold.
drove to Carvers and of course Graham was away for the
day, off to book into another hotel and that took ages
to find one & back to Carvers to see Graham, the woman
who owned the caravan was not in when he rang, but she
dialled 174, recognized his phone number, rang him while
I was checking my emails in the car, Graham then said
get your cheque book out the caravan is yours!
Well I am now the proud owner of an Abby Lincoln caravan.
Did the deal about 11 am today, them looked at a Ford
with a tow bar that was only 12 miles away, he brought
it here, for me to look at.
I got him down to £600 and there were a few things
wrong with it which you would expect for the year &
price, but as we were pulling away to go and get some
money he told me of another small problem and that tipped
I asked him to let me out & I would get back to him
when I got the money. There is no rush to get a car to
pull the caravan I can take two or three weeks if I have
to by staying in the caravan park at Carver's.!
still have the Peugeot 206 rental to run around with,
I see a clause that allows me to return the car early
if I wish, after all, all they want a foreigner to own
the car for a couple of days to make it second hand, so
they can sell it with lower sales tax!
Today I have been moving into the caravan, unpacking all
of the gear I had in storage, thought I had kept a beaut
electric grill, but can not find it and one ot two other
bits! O Well
good news I found some Jim Beam that I had with the gear
in storage, I have checked it out and it has not gone
a caravan accessory coy 12 miles away so I have been through
there three times today to get a few things that I did
not have and that was not with the caravan, I bought a
larger capacity water storage & waste tank than what
I had last time as they were the problems when I had the
first caravan all those years ago that got on my goat,
going to empty the waste & get more water morning
did not take the awing, I figured I would never be bothered
putting it up, besides it was a lot to carry with you,
I have, so far kept a porch awing which could be handy
if it was raining, but I saw one on another caravan on
this pitch have its porch awing blown over today and it
is extra to carry as well, but I will see when I put it
up what I perceive the problems will be.
Did my first grocery shopping today from Sainsbury's,
it is always interesting going to another grocery shop,
they have their own system & their own arrangement
as to where things are, took me ages to find the vinegar,
finally asked a shopper and she directed me to the opposite
direction that I was moving.