Calais to Abingdon

The last day of our trip…Calais to Abingdon. Rain greeted us as we loaded our cars in Calais and we drove the short distance to the train. The train was delayed by about an hour but eventually we were underway.

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Fair weather greeted us in London and we were also met by 2 MG cars and owners from the MG car club of the UK. We drove to Abingdon, where Vulcan began her life and although the factory is now converted into apartments we had to take photos of her by the gates.

The hospitality of the MG car club was delightful and we chatted about the trip during lunch. Then more photos and onward to the Dog House Inn where we were to celebrate the end of the trip.

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Vulcan…we did it. Thank you!

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Rochefort to Calais….Brugge!

Only one more day until we head across the tunnel to London. The end of the trip is in sight. All cars headed off individually…some to visit Dunkirk, others to explore other areas. Destination Calais for the night. We drove to Brugge and walked around the town.

IMG_7404IMG_7413IMG_7425IMG_7424Brugge is an interesting old town and the main square was alive with people. We later discovered that it was a special day..the national holiday of Flanders because on this day in 1302 the Battle of the Golden Spurs took place. They beat the French to keep the independence of Belgium.

We could have had mussels or fries for lunch but the sweet tooth prevailed and we had to have a Belgium waffle before leaving Belgium. Topped with chocolate sauce it was decadent but lovely!

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We visited the lace shops where the handmade bobbin lace is sold…beautifully done. We helped Brugge’s economy and made a purchase of lace and now have one more package in Vulcan to bring home.


Vulcan has been fantastic . However stopping for fuel, she faltered in starting again. Fortunately after several tries she did turn over and got us to the hotel. Trying to start her again…she was “dead in the water” What timing … with the diagnosis of a starter motor failure this was replaced and she will be on the starting line for the train tomorrow.




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Heidelberg to Rochefort

As usual we went down to breakfast ready to head off at 8.00am. It was decided that some wanted to stay in Heidelberg for more sightseeing and others wanted to drive straight through so everyone was to make their own way, not as a convoy. We returned to the room and worked out where we could go.

We drove Vulcan upstream through the scenic Neckar valley and westward across the Rhine and up the valley through Luxembourg and onto Rochefort.IMG_7293 (1)

A lovely day stopping spontaneously..We visited a shop that was really the original Aladdin’s cave. The owner, Peter, was a glass blower which was intriguing and there were blown glass pieces for the garden as well as many other pieces including some  lamps.IMG_7311

We reached the 25,000km on the gps and here is the photo!

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Seeing a sign for Villaroy and Boch we followed it to Mettlach, finding we were in the town of the factory. Shopping therapy…always a good way to spend a little time. IMG_7350I came away from the shop with a few pieces and we then visited the museum of Villaroy and Boch. IMG_7363IMG_7358 (1)Amazing china.

Spying some “Samarkand” plates in a case on our way up to the museum, we had to return to the shop to see if they could be purchased. I found the three plates I wanted…a camel, an elephant and a horse…beautiful china and representative of the Silk road!

Leaving Mettlach we returned to the highway only to find along the way there had been an accident and we took the next exit and drove through the backroads. Passing  a red mgb parked outside a hotel, we turned around so we could take photos of Vulcan with her new friend. The owners of both the car and the hotel came out and some great photos were taken.IMG_7402 (1)

We arrived in Rochefort in time for a glass of wine and a lovely dinner.

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Vienna to Heidelberg


This was a long driving day. With over 700kms to drive we only stopped at motorway ratz platz for refuelling either the cars or us!

We arrived in Heidelberg about 5pm and walked the old part of the town. Dinner at a gorgeous local restaurant and it was probably one of the best meals we have had on the trip.

Tomorrow is less of a drive but the car will during the morning have clocked over 25,000 kms. Will I be able to catch it on camera? Stay tuned.

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Wine and More Wine – OleBilbao OLD and NEW Monday dawned sunny and warm and we headed down to the Guggenheim Museum, even though it is closed we wanted to relish the slick titanium skin, contrasted against the smooth pale limestone blocks. Everything glistened in the bright morning sun, reflections of the curved surfaces bounced off the water surrounding the metal walls and the metallic sculptures in the forecourts around the Guggenheim. Did you know that every surface in the building is curved and there are no straight lines thus emphasising the organic flowing lines of this magnificent Frank Gehry masterpiece Tomorrow we’ll visit this amazing museum along with our Silk Road companions Pat and David who we are travelling with around Spain and Portugal in our trusty MGs. Hop on and off buses have always been a favourite and quick way of acquainting ourselves with a city. We cruised around the narrow streets enjoying the views from the top deck. We were diverted by police a few times into the back streets because of a rally of thousands of people marching along the main thoroughfare of the city. Red, white and Green flags and banners waving, fire crackers exploding, releasing clouds of smoke. How We hopped off a The Mercado de la Ribera one of the largest fresh food markets in Europe and we arrived just in time for some Pintxos which we enjoyed with a beer and Sangria. So many delicious sweet and savoury munchies to choose from – what a treat!

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