Park up views the good, bad, ugly

grath

Full Member
Andy, why don't you go abroad and get nicer views?
Serious question
 

grath

Full Member
I think that the UK has many places with views to beat anything that Mainland Europe has to offer.
I would say maybe equally, but depending where. Some better, and some worse
For us it comes down to the weather, everywhere looks nicer with a little sunshine
 

tonybvi

Full Member
I think that the UK has many places with views to beat anything that Mainland Europe has to offer.
I fully agree with you Bill, but views aren’t everything. Luckily because a lot of my career was spent overseas Sue and I between us can passably speak several European languages. Why we love to travel abroad is to meet new people and learn about their lives. In more than 15 years of taking our motorhome abroad we have some tremendous memories, both sad and happy. We have made loads of new foreign friends, some of whom we have stayed with in their own homes, some of whom have stayed with us at home as well and we are still in regular email contact with most of them and others as well.
Some of our memories are:
- sitting for more than 3 hours in the rain at Quarres Les Tombes speaking French to a poor man who was intent on ending his life. We still speak to him today.
- Inviting a couple of newly wed Czechs into our van in Croatia and hearing how they had been attacked by a bear in the nearby national forest.
- sitting talk to a nun who had arrived in full habit to change into a bikini for a swim in the Adriatic
- sitting in an oyster bar in Brittany and shaking hands with some sapeurs pompiers wishing us bon appetit as they passed us on the way to treat somebody who had collapsed
- meeting a shop keeper in Brittany who insisted on playing the bagpipes for us
- chatting to pilgrims in Vezelay who were struggling up the hill with their wheeled crosses.

These are just a few examples of why we love to set off overseas into the unknown for 2 or 3 months each year.

Tony
 

saxonborg

Full Member
I fully agree with you Bill, but views aren’t everything. Luckily because a lot of my career was spent overseas Sue and I between us can passably speak several European languages. Why we love to travel abroad is to meet new people and learn about their lives. In more than 15 years of taking our motorhome abroad we have some tremendous memories, both sad and happy. We have made loads of new foreign friends, some of whom we have stayed with in their own homes, some of whom have stayed with us at home as well and we are still in regular email contact with most of them and others as well.
Some of our memories are:
- sitting for more than 3 hours in the rain at Quarres Les Tombes speaking French to a poor man who was intent on ending his life. We still speak to him today.
- Inviting a couple of newly wed Czechs into our van in Croatia and hearing how they had been attacked by a bear in the nearby national forest.
- sitting talk to a nun who had arrived in full habit to change into a bikini for a swim in the Adriatic
- sitting in an oyster bar in Brittany and shaking hands with some sapeurs pompiers wishing us bon appetit as they passed us on the way to treat somebody who had collapsed
- meeting a shop keeper in Brittany who insisted on playing the bagpipes for us
- chatting to pilgrims in Vezelay who were struggling up the hill with their wheeled crosses.

These are just a few examples of why we love to set off overseas into the unknown for 2 or 3 months each year.

Tony
I used to travel for my job, Africa, Middle East and far East, it was fantastic to experience other cultures, foods , customs etc I still love to travel . Uk has many beautiful places but so does Europe.
 

2cv

Moderator
Great memories, I’m sure that you’ll meet similarly interesting folk in the Uk, perhaps with the exception of ones who have been chased by bears!
 

Bigshug

Full Member
I find that if you greet people with a smile you can find interesting people to talk to anywhere. Currently in France and,while my french is schoolboy I have had great conversations with about three nationalities while trying to fix someone else’s electrical problems. People always reply to a smile with a smile.
 

Norfolk Jim

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I know a good few folks on Mull, a great deal of the locals have had their patience tried to the hilt with the amount of MH's/campers flooding the island. Not surprised these steps are being implemented. It will only get worse, I predict regulation being put in place, soon?
It does need to be regulated and ensure if folk do want to 'wild' then they get the permission but quite frankly there are enough camp sites around with a new one just south of Salen just off edge of the main road. The island isn't big enough to warrant any more really but we were shocked when we arrived in Tobermory waiting for the ferry to Kilchoan. It was the one day we had rain and it was pouring and we needed gaz. A crsuie ship had arrived and Tobermory was swamped by 1800 tourists, mostly old biddies in plastic maps wandering round like headless chickens....nightmare trying to park without running anyone over. Yes good for tourism but the impact on the town with that number was beyond comprehension
 
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