We began to hit our stride in 2019, though due to a lot of stuff coming up in the summer we did not make our usual North American trip, so we only had one short trip in North America this year. In total we spent 124 days on the road, and visited 7 countries if you count our accidental incursion into Austria one day while traveling thru Germany.

We spent extensive time in Germany, Belgium and Italy. While we had a great time everywhere, Italy really captured our hearts. The cities were interesting, the people were kind and helpful, and the food was fantastic. It is interesting because we initially approached Italy with a little trepidation as several of the people we talked to had bad experiences there. We were a little extra cautious about where we stayed at night, and I will confess to using the Autostradas for most of our travel so we missed the back road experience. The secondary roads in Italy are challenging so neither one of us felt very guilty about our decision. Since we gravitated more to campgrounds than in the past Ton declared that she thought campgrounds were worth the extra cost to have unlimited electricity and use of the showers.

Because we traveled differently our cost per day was higher in Italy than anywhere else we have been in Europe. We paid to camp every night in Italy, and while the costs were not excessive it did add up. Also, while the autostradas are not as expensive as the autoroutes in France, using them frequently did add to the costs. Having said that Italy was worth every extra cent.

Once again we had no trouble with either François or Scout. For the first time we did have some routine service done on François and the costs were higher than we would expect to pay for the equivalent work here, but  not excessively so.

Another good year, we can only hope to continue with our positive adventures in North America and Europe.


November 12, 2019 Nice FR

We finally had to reluctantly leave Italy behind.  We will talk more about our impressions of Italy later, but we both found it wonderful.  We

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November 10, 2019 Monaco

We decided to take the train into Monaco from Sanremo.  Some places exceed your expectations and some just miss.  I had been looking forward to

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October 20, 2019 Rome IT

Not much to talk about today.  We woke a little early, prepared François for movement after four days sitting in one place.  The drive to

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October 3, 2019 Sens FR

Started the day by going over to retrieve François from storage at Eurocamping Cars.  The next stop was Garage Alary to get some new tires

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October 2, 2019 Sens FR

We made it back to France.  This time the trip was on Delta Airlines and unlike our previous flight on Icelandic they provided plenty of

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June 24, 2019 Gron FR

We dropped François off and took our normal route to Paris.  Everything worked as it should, except there was a long line to buy tickets

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June 17, 2019 Ypres BE

We only moved about 50 kilometers today to the town of Ypres.  I picked this stop because I was interested in a Commonwealth War Ceremony

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June 15, 2019 Ghent BE

Today we took the train into Ghent leaving François in Bruges.  Ghent is an easy 30 minute train ride from Bruges and we are parked

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June 9, 2019 Bremen GE

We learned yesterday afternoon that Monday is a holiday in Germany which explains the big crowds both in Bremen and at the stellplatz.  When we

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June 7, 2019 Hamburg GE

When we moved from Schwerin to Lubeck we crossed from the former DDR (East Germany) to the BRD (West Germany).  We knew because the pedestrian

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May 31, Meissen GE

A very light day for us.  After sleeping in we took our time getting going in the morning with Ton updating her friends on Line,

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May 27, 2019 Bamberg GE

When you are traveling from campground to parking lot to campground you start to appreciate the little things.  This campground has absolutely the best showers

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May 20, 2019 Munich GE

Well unfortunately the weather forecast was correct, it is really raining out.  We lay around the room quite a while in the morning trying to

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May 19, 2019 Munich GE

Last night we discussed our next step. The weather once again is intervening in our plans.  The weather over the next three days is forecasted

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May 17, 2019 Garmisch GE

Yesterday when we went into the Army facility near us the guards told us we should have our identification cards registered with US Forces Europe

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May 8, 2019 Kehl GE

Today we left France for the day.  We are parked up in Kehl Germany as it was the best option to visit Strasbourg France.  The

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April 28, 2019 Sens FR

The flights today were courtesy of Alaska and American Airlines.  Both flights were quite full, and the American flight had the tightest seats we have

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