Category: AD (After Dog)

Towing the Transfăgărășan – Crossing The Carpathians with a Caravan

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At 2042m (6699ft- or 1.27 miles) Caravan Kismet joins The Mile-High Club!

‘The Best Road In The World’ – Jeremy Clarkson

We had received little encouragement about driving over the Transfăgărășan, the second highest mountain pass in Romania, with the caravan.

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10 Best Doggie Coats for Every Situation

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The Fab Four model their Equafleeces at Coumarial in the Italian Alps

We have wasted a fortune buying the wrong doggie coats!

In the first of my December gift guides, I am going to preview 10 of the best doggie coats. A number of these are The Fab Four’s favourites and I can heartily recommend them, since they have been very well tried and tested on our travels.

This selection will keep your fur family snug, cool, clean, dry, afloat, healthy – and I have added a couple just for fun!

Prices are correct at the time of writing. 

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Barolo or Bust – Camping Sole Langhe, Vergne, Italy

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Ready to Roll in the Rain; Except, Houston; We Had a Problem!

A Lesson about Leccy & A Trauma in the Terroir

At 9pm, the gods turned a fire hose on us. The furious winds that had battered caravan Kismet all day gave way to torrential, hammering rain. The ferocity of the wind vindicated our decision to stay an extra day in Les Arbrets and avoid towing. (For advice on towing in wind, please see my blog To Tow or Not to Tow? – Is it Safe to Tow in High Winds?)

The following the morning, we were smothered by snuggly pups; perhaps scared by the rain still hammering on the roof. It made for a slower than intended start; Ruby gave us one of her little songs, then every time I tried to get up, she threw her paws around my neck and pushed me back down. Puppy love is impossible to resist!

In any case, it wasn’t the most alluring day to get outside. A swamp the size of The Everglades had formed around Kismet’s step, then, things improved markedly once we had squelched through it to pack everything away in the rain. For the first time in her life, Big Blue refused to start. Her battery was completely dead. Continue reading “Barolo or Bust – Camping Sole Langhe, Vergne, Italy”

Caravan / Motorhome Sat Nav – Tom Tom GO Camper Review, Warts & All!

Tomtom_Go_Camper (2)If you are thinking of investing in a Caravan Satnav, here is my independent review of the Tom Tom GO Camper, which we purchased with our own money and have used in Europe for the last year.  Continue reading “Caravan / Motorhome Sat Nav – Tom Tom GO Camper Review, Warts & All!”

Vents Violentes, The Beautiful Village & The Eternal Hill – Vézelay to Les Abrets, Isère, France

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Atop its ‘Eternal Hill’ – the village of Vézelay, ‘one of the most beautiful villages in France.’

A wet morning gave way to a better afternoon – and the opportunity to explore the medieval streets of Vézelay, ‘one of the most beautiful villages in France.’ Continue reading “Vents Violentes, The Beautiful Village & The Eternal Hill – Vézelay to Les Abrets, Isère, France”