Category: 2nd Trip

Back in Britain; a Fidose of Reality – Part 2

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Confronted by a Fidose of Reality, we are lucky to have Ruby to remind us “As you ramble on through life, whatever be your goal, keep your eye on the doughnut & not on the hole!”

If you have been walking with us for some time, you will know that our returns to the UK are never straightforward – and this one had reached an unprecedented zenith of complexity.

We had only arrived on British soil in November; however, by Christmas we had fitted in an assault, a boundary dispute, wild weather and Mark had been lost at sea.

But the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune were not done with us yet. Our Fidose of Reality continued into the New Year with car trouble, being forced to tow a caravan through a storm, tenant trouble and a robbery!

Continue reading “Back in Britain; a Fidose of Reality – Part 2”

Zen and the Art of Caravan Maintenance – From Garda to Gressoney, Italy

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Camping Margherita – Gressoney St Jean

Mark made a sly, nocturnal foray on to the roof of the caravan with a set of clippers.

The following day, we found a note on the caravan requesting our presence at the Campsite Reception. With our history of evictions, we were more than a little worried. Continue reading “Zen and the Art of Caravan Maintenance – From Garda to Gressoney, Italy”

Gallivanting on Garda – A Few of the Fab Four’s Favourites!

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Torbole viewed from a 4000-year old road!

You are often urged to ‘buy local’ but on our travels, we have discovered that in terms of maps, that can be a serious problem!

In Monte Rosa, we had to send off to Stamfords of London to get a detailed, topographical map of the area. On Garda, we could get any number of cycling and hiking guide books in German or Italian. Maybe the English versions were just so popular that they sold out…

We did finally succeed in purchasing a map showing some of the many walking routes, so we worked out a couple of walks of our own. Here are a few of The Fab Four’s favourites! Continue reading “Gallivanting on Garda – A Few of the Fab Four’s Favourites!”

A Gad on Garda – ‘The Functional Walk’ along the Sarca River

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The Sarca River never disappoints!

We leave Campsite Maroadi via the lake entrance and turn left; over the bridge that straddles the slipway and past the watersports centre. We cross a larger bridge over the River Sarca, where it flows into the northern end of Lake Garda. We turn immediately left to join the path along the far side of the river

We usually stop to throw the ball into the water here. A crowd often gathers on the bridge to watch Kai and Rosie swim tirelessly, while Ruby paddles, or bounces up and down on her front legs like a toy dog; barking furious, excited encouragement from the shore. Continue reading “A Gad on Garda – ‘The Functional Walk’ along the Sarca River”