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Tom in VB

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RVing in Europe - A Blog
« on: December 17, 2007, 02:53:12 PM »
Greetings to all

I have posted on other boards and I will post here the URL for our travel blog concerning our 6 months touring in Europe and Asia Minor in our Winnebago View named Papillon.

www.papillontravels.net

We invite all to travel with us thru the Old Country.  Be advised that the blog is always a work in progress and new info is added as I get to it.  Rv'ing in Europe is much different than here, and possibly even more popular there.  Next year we look to tour Morocco, Spain, France and who knows where.  Future plans include Russia we hope.

We invite questions if you have an interest in touring Europe.

Tom and Judy
Vero Beach, Florida


[edit]To make link live.[/edit]
« Last Edit: December 17, 2007, 07:57:50 PM by Carl L »
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Re: RVing in Europe - A Blog
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2007, 08:00:48 PM »
Great blog folks!   I have taken the liberty of moving it to its own topic, so more folks are likely to encounter it.  Thanks for posting the link.
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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2007, 06:06:32 AM »

Hi Tom

I didnt realise you had visited so many countries when you came over - great website !!

If anyone fancies Morocco, there is a company doing a special RV tour next September - http://www.desertdetours.com/index.htm (only problem is getting your RV there and back :D). I do know people who have taken their RV and they really enjoyed it.

The rest of the time, tours are geared toward smaller euro style motorhomes, which you could rent over there if you fancied it.

I have heard some GREAT reviews for these tours.

Paul


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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2008, 11:55:11 AM »
You may find more weblogs of European motorhoming at this URL

http://www.magbaztravels.com/content/view/177/67/

The site is owned by a long terming UK couple.

The hardest part about touring Europe in a motorhome is making the decision to go.  After that it is easy.

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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2008, 12:13:15 PM »

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The hardest part about touring Europe in a motorhome is making the decision to go.  After that it is easy.

Tom,

It is a shame that more US and Canadian RVers don't choose to tour Europe - I'm sure you will agree that the cost of flying to Europe, hiring a motorhome and taking a months tour wouldn't be much different from many of the organised caravans within the USA etc.

But then, with so much to offer on your doorstep (and mostly in English) its too easy to stay there.

Paul

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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2008, 07:50:00 PM »
I agree with you Paul.   Maybe they should look at the website www.mir-tours.de, click the English language button, and be amazed at the tours on offer.   My favourite is retired American doctor, Larry, drivig his 29 foot Born Free RV, has done the tours to Egypt/Jordan/Syria/Turkey/Greece, turned straight round and did the one to Iran/Kazakhstan/Tibet/China/Mongolia/Siberia/Poland, then went straight to Dunquerqu port where both he and his RV boarded a freight ship to New Zealand, spent 8 months there, then to Australia (he is currently in Tasmania), and later this year ships back to Europe to do the tour to Ukraine.   

The travel company, under the actual name Perestroika Tours, are based at a super campground at Hausbay in Germany - been there many times, great for big RVs.

Terry (inSunny Arizona in a Newmar Kounty Star)

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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2008, 09:18:51 PM »
Terry,

Having done part of Europe with you and Liliane we could very easily enjoy RVing there. However, we would have to stay in countries that drove on the right side of the road. :) I was just looking at the photos I took in Paris today.
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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2008, 11:11:58 PM »


Jim, wanting to stay on the correct side of the road is not a problem - it is something we Brits (including the Welsh Tom), the Ozzies, the Kiwis, the Japs, the South Africans, the Kenyans etc etc all understand very well.  Come and join us (wish you and Pat would).

Terry

PS:  Liliane's in a Heathrow hotel tonight, flying back to Phoenix tomorrow.

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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2008, 12:17:10 AM »
Having lived in Japan and Australia we had no real difficulty friving on the left side and switching to the right when we returned to the US.
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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2008, 07:18:22 AM »


Jim, wanting to stay on the correct side of the road is not a problem - it is something we Brits (including the Welsh Tom), the Ozzies, the Kiwis, the Japs, the South Africans, the Kenyans etc etc all understand very well.  Come and join us (wish you and Pat would).

Terry

PS:  Liliane's in a Heathrow hotel tonight, flying back to Phoenix tomorrow.

When Steve & Hazel arrived from Ireland a couple of weeks ago he was very concerned about getting on the wrong side of the road. After he had a little practice following us back to TGO and driving the golf cart around the park he was much more confident. He has done well. :)

Maybe someday we'll get over there again. Right now we have a hard enough time traveling the 1300 miles to CT!! I hate to think of it but they might want me back next month! Got a call from Roy the other day. Darn. >:(
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Re: RVing in Europe - A Blog
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2008, 08:15:45 AM »
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....it is something we Brits (including the Welsh Tom), the Ozzies, the Kiwis, the Japs, the South Africans, the Kenyans etc etc all understand very well.

Understanding and doing are not always the same Terry. I tried to come out of a rental car lot at Heathrow the wrong way one trip; It took me a short while to figure out why the shuttle bus trying to get in wasn't giving way. Last trip, I got out of the lot OK, then proceeded to drive anti-clockwise around a roundabout to get onto the airport perimeter road. A bus driver coming the other way stopped, Chris made a "dumb foreign tourist" gesture, and the bus driver had a good laugh.
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« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2008, 11:25:37 AM »
Tom, what is a"dumb foreign tourist gesture" for future reference? I may need it!  ???
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« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2008, 11:36:56 AM »
Lee,

You'll have to ask Chris when you meet her at a forum rally to get it first hand. Maybe she'll give you a demo. I was concentrating on the bus and wasn't watching her; She explained later what she had done.
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« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2008, 12:57:33 PM »
My experience has been that as long as other cars were in view I did drive the UK way.  Coming to an intersection, for example, with no other cars visible, it was very easy to go to the side of the road you are used to.

My automatic collision avoidance system (read SCREAMING wife) would  immediately engage.  :o

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« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2008, 01:23:21 PM »
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My experience has been that as long as other cars were in view I did drive the UK way.

That always helps, whichever direction you cross the Atlantic.
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« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2008, 03:45:30 PM »
Just a short note to say that the blog now includes 2 pages on Morocco.

http://papillontravels.net/Euro2008/maroccoindex.htm

 ;)

Tom, Salamanca, Spain
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« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2008, 04:56:26 PM »
Thanks Tom. Your impressions (description and images) confirm what my oldest son and his other half told me after their recent visit to Morocco. They say they'll go back to see more.
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« Reply #17 on: May 25, 2008, 04:13:28 AM »

Tom

Thanks for the update - sounds like you're having a great time.

Nice to see you mixing with the locals.

There is a tour of Brits with American RVs (8 A-Class RVs I believe) heading for Morocco in September - I bet they're looking forward to a few of those mountain passes  ;D

Paul

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« Reply #18 on: May 30, 2008, 05:31:49 PM »
Hi Paul I am one of them and I can't wait. ;D

Olley

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« Reply #19 on: May 30, 2008, 05:43:25 PM »
Don't forget to hug a camel for us Olley. Can't wait to read the reports and see photos.
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« Reply #20 on: September 16, 2008, 01:13:55 PM »
Been slow to blog this summer because we are having a blast, but added acouple of new pages today.

see the index page and click on La Tour or Dog Green

http://home.mindspring.com/~salmonjt/Narrative%20Page%20List.htm

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« Reply #21 on: October 26, 2009, 08:47:21 AM »
Just an update.

I have posted 2009 trip into Russia, Norway and Scotland and Ireland on the blog.
www.papillontravels.net

Will get to England as soon as I can

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« Reply #22 on: December 21, 2010, 09:12:11 PM »
We travelled Europe over a 4 yr period in a top of the line 2007 Rapido 996M. I looked at your map and we even went to more places than you went by far but I also visited your web site and I can only wish I took the time to do that. It is fabulously well done. We now bought a 42 Beaver Monterey DP and will start America next month.

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« Reply #23 on: January 10, 2011, 09:25:27 AM »
We just purchased a 35 foot Winnebago gas on the expectation that I would be retiring next month.  Now my employer is trying to get me to stay on and might entice me with a European Tour, most likely in or near Naples Italy.

How difficult is it to tour Europe in a motorhome of that size?  Thanks for any advice you can provide.

Dan

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« Reply #24 on: January 12, 2011, 08:10:29 AM »
We just purchased a 35 foot Winnebago gas on the expectation that I would be retiring next month.  Now my employer is trying to get me to stay on and might entice me with a European Tour, most likely in or near Naples Italy.

How difficult is it to tour Europe in a motorhome of that size?  Thanks for any advice you can provide.

Dan

Dan there a quite a few people in the UK with 39 foot RV's who tour Europe. We recently went to France in our 37 foot American Tradition and found the main roads very good to travel on. You do need to look carefully at which sites you plan to visit to make sure they can accommodate your size and also that you can access the site. The Big Pitch Guide is very useful as it gives some very good info and pictures on how to get to the sites as well as info on the site itself. There are UK and European versions and can be found here: www.the-big-pitch-guide.com

Alan


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« Reply #25 on: January 21, 2011, 02:10:33 PM »
You will be able to access most major venues and most large cities.  Mountain roads can be a challenge.  Off the major 2 lane national roads can be difficult if not impossible.  Parking in towns and villages can be very difficult - you will walk aways to get to the center of towns.  90% of campsites within or near cities have public transportation within 300 yards of the front gate, many right at the front gate.

Enjoy
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« Reply #26 on: March 27, 2011, 03:59:25 AM »
We just purchased a 35 foot Winnebago gas on the expectation that I would be retiring next month.  Now my employer is trying to get me to stay on and might entice me with a European Tour, most likely in or near Naples Italy.

How difficult is it to tour Europe in a motorhome of that size?  Thanks for any advice you can provide.

Dan

I have travel in my 6.2 metre motor home trough nearly all European continents except Baltic republics and Russia.( I am doing this trip this  summer.)
I must say that in Italy there are many towns I have problems in, during the narrow streets and bad parking habits of locals. But biggest nightmare was Sicily. Some times I have both mirrors flipped in and 2 centimetres each side to drive trough. But I enjoyed every minute. So much to see and explore in old Europe.

Just make sure that you don't push your self in to places if you don't know that you can drive trough. To reverse  500 meters when you find out that there is no way to go any further is impossible if you have 500 fiats using horns behind you. And believe me, Italians will let you know what they think about you.
This happened to me only once, and after 3 hours of yelling and screaming, plus 100 people watching and trying to advice me I made it back to main street. It was a nightmare. I was so embarrassed.
I must say that the street did not look so narrow at the beginning.
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