Northern Spain

I have put up the route page detailing our journey through Northern Spain. It is the last route page as we left Bilbao on a ferry for Portsmouth.

We had eighteen days and covered 1,633 miles in Northern Spain.
Our nightstops were four nights in two campsites, four nights wild camping, six nights free in car parks and three nights in aires, one of which was free.
We stuck mostly to the coast, going in land mainly to visit the mountainous Picos de Europa. Connor joined us for a week, flying in and out of Santander with Ryan Air (which turned out to be an achievement in itself!).
We retraced our steps, somewhat, between Praia das Catedrais and Santander , getting to know the A8 quiet well. Fortunately it’s mostly a toll free motorway.

Highlights include Santiago de Compostela, the Galicia region (north west) in general, Gijón, San Sebastian, the Picos and many places along the coast too numerous to mention.
Another region we’re planning a return visit too.

You will need to visit the blog to read the detail and see the pictures! For non-bloggers, click here and then ‘Northern Spain’.


One more week!

All day today I have been saying, this time next week we’ll be on the ferry; this time next week we’ll be in Cherbourg; this time next week we’ll be driving down towards Mont St Michel…

We’re into the last few days before the big trip begins. Preparations are complete or in hand.

Last week wKath & Mire took our adored tabby cat to my brother’s house – he has very kindly agreed to look after her while we are away. Here she is, settling into her new home. We spent a couple of nights at my brother’s house to help her settle and it seemed to work.

Poor old Nigel is having to get used to doing everything with a cat on his lap.

Last weekend we went to Leicester to see our student sons. One’s studying drama at De Montfort university, Leicester, and the other’s doing chemical engineering at Sheffield – he got the train down to Leicester for the day. Both are spending the summer in their university towns, hopefully with summer jobs! One graduates this summer so we will need to come back in July for a few days to attend his graduation. Boys in Leicester

Here we are outside the cathedral in Leicester. Yes I have had pangs of guilt at leaving them for six months but they are grown-up and it’ll be character-building for them. That’s what I tell them anyway.

Yesterday I did a load of packing – mostly clothes and personal stuff. Ignatius did his today. We still need to put in the food and things like laptops that are still in use in the house at the moment. I suspect I’ll spend all next weekend running in and out with things to put in the van and things to take out again. Just how many pairs of knickers should I take? 😀

It’s so close now. I have my last day in the office in London on Wednesday, and my last working day is Friday.  The count down is well and truly underway!