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Feb 23, 2012 - All clean

We went up to Gold RV at Alton today to talk through with Derek the work needed to done on the coach for registration and use in the UK and Europe. Derek was very knowledge and gave us confidence that they should do a good job. Derek suggested that it was wise to wash the coach off to get ridd of the salt sprey. So that what we did. She certainly look clean. We will not see her now for a few weeks.

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Feb 21, 2012 - Waiting patiently

By checking on the internet we found the ship carrying the motorhome had arrived safely in Southampton on Sunday. We therefore knew it would be several days before the coach would be cleared through customs and could be collected. So we had to be patient. On Sunday we had an enjoyable walk along the beach close to where Kevin and Linda live. It was chilly and breezy. Tony's brother Phillip and Jules joined us for tea. Again a catch up on all the news. We checked out one of the local campgrounds we had visited twelves months ago and made our...

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Feb 18, 2012 - Heading to Southampton

We left Hazel, Clive and Didi and headed around London and west to Southampton. We were going to stay at Tonys sister's for the week near Southampton in preparation for the arrival of the coach. On our way to Linda's we stopped at a number of campgrounds close to London to see if we could find one suitable for visiting Hazel and tribe in the future. The first tow which were in our "Big Pitch" Guide were not in our view suitable but then we found the Lee Valley Regional Park campgrounds which could easily take our "Big Rig". The warden was...

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Aug 15, 2011 - Plymouth

Left our very friendly B&B hosts in Eastleigh, first stop laundry then Bournemouth for our first yummy rCornishnish pasty. Now in West country, began to rain but Devon countryside simply beautiful every corner its more breath taking. Arrived in Plymouth and enjoyed old town and Marina where memorial site for Mayflower. Busy with people waiting yachts to arrive from 'Fastnet Race'. By now its raining and very, very cool but some local kids swimming and jumping off the steps, ouch made me feel colder!! Drove around to the 'Hoe' pretty...

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Aug 14, 2011 - Portsmouth/Winchester

Great day, after fab home cooked breakfast by our lovely hosts at B&B. We drove to Portsmouth and walked along the coast/pebble beach. Enjoyed the sunshine but really windy and rather cool but locals enjoying the water! Watched the hovercraft and ferries heading to Isle of Wright, that was surprisingly close as we could easily see it from the beach. Stopped off at a pretty lake with many remote boats, paddle swans and ducks and families catching crabs with mini nets on sticks. Enjoyed traditional Fish and Chips 'wrapped' on the beach with...

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Aug 13, 2011 - Eastleigh/Southhampton

Left our London location today destination, Southampton. After about 3 hours in busy traffic we arrived and enjoyed looking around the city of Southampton while the weather was ok, strange to see locals in summer clothes when its cool to us and only about 20 degrees, but sun was out between the clouds and guess they didn't want to miss it. We walked along the old wall of city and through the famous 'Bargate' that apparently every Royal family member has walked! We were really disappointed with all the rubbish that was everywhere, the mall...

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Aug 11, 2011 - European Adventure - Fall 2011

On September 7th we will be embarking on our second European adventure in 2011. We pick up our VW camper van in England on September 8th and after a few days in the UK we set off for Europe. This trip we will be visiting; Belgium, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Italy and Luxembourg. Watch this space for regular updates! Cheers, Ian & Liz

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Jul 23, 2011 - It's coming together

It's all coming together. Flights now booked, visa's applied for. Only travel insurance to go, register a national insurance number in New Zealand and jabs. Then everything else is to be sorted out there I think! Good job as the bank account is looking a little lighter now!! About 6 weeks to go!!

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Jun 17, 2011 - Friday, Day 11-Southhampton "A Glimse of England:Hampshire, Surry and London."

Friday. June 17 Day 11 Anticipating the sight of land we can't sleep and get up at 0430 to watch the ship move through the English Channel- the world's busiest seaway. For centuries the Channel has been famous for being the border separating the numerous conflicts between England and France. It received especially high visibility during World War II when I was a young boy as it became the scene for the largest amphibious landing in history-the Invasion of Normandy from which the Allies turned the tide to win the war against Hitler and Nazi...

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Sep 29, 2010 - Stonehenge, Salisbury, Southampton and Beaulieu

Big day today! It rained most of the night, so instead of walking along the canal to Bath as planned, we drove across to Salisbury Plain to see if we could get anywhere near Stonehenge. The first surprise of the day (after seeing our first badger, dead beside the road) was the absence of pay and display parking. We were only charged a small entry fee and then given audio units to take around Stonehenge. As the weather was still drizzly, there were probably less visitors, but it was a perfect day to visit. You can get quite close to the...

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Sep 3, 2010 - beginning of the next cruise

The weather here has been getting better and better. We understand that Hurricane Hugo has something to do with that. He’s been sucking in all the bad mojo leaving us with warm temperatures and clear, blue skies. We can hardly believe that we’re in England. Weather forecasts here are truly mystifying. They use words like “fresh” and “fine.” We’re better off just looking out of the balcony and seeing what is there. We’ve heard that old Earl is moving up the coast to the area we are sailing toward. We may not be thanking him so much in a few...

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Aug 22, 2010 - board the Crown Princess

London is an almost two hour drive from Southampton, where the Crown Princess docked. Although we could have schlepped our luggage to a train station and gotten a taxi from there to the port, searches on the web lead us to book a shuttle service which would pick us up at the hotel and deposit us at the gangway. Pricier, but so much more convenient. We shared the ride with three other couples and everyone was in an ebullient mood, looking forward to the trip ahead. The driver talked nonstop and the time flew by. The woman sitting next to me...

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