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  1. I only know the route from J21, coming off the M62 at Milnrow, and it's easy enough. When you come off the motorway take the first exit at the roundabout, onto the A 6193, direction Rochdale. This is a relatively new, easy road serving a large industrial /factory area. Straight ahead at the next 3 roundabouts, direction Rochdale, until you reach the traffic lights to turn right onto the A664, direction Halifax. This is urban road, 30mph with some speed cameras. Follow it straight ahead at the crossroad lights until you reach the roundabout where you turn right onto the A58, direction Halifax. Follow the A58 through Littleborough and under the railway bridge, up onto the Pennines. At the top there is the White House pub, and shortly after this you turn left onto the B6183, direction Mytholmroyd. (I've been told pronounced Mithomroyd, but I'll stand corrected). This road is narrowish, but wide enough to have a white line down the middle. The site is on the left as you drop into Mytholmroyd, easy to drive past, keep your eyes open. Enjoy. Gordon
  2. Michelin CrossClimate are start with 7mm rather than the more common 8mm. Perhaps there are technical reasons, as I believe a softer compound is used to assist the winter performance. I was thinking perhaps too much depth of tread with a softer compound gives too much flexibility on the sidewall. To compensate Michelin guarantee maximum effectiveness of the tyre down to the legal minimum of 1. 6mm, and say the 3mm limit which some are pushing is wasteful and unnecessary. https://www. goodwood. com/grrc/road/news/2016/10/michelin-tread-depth/ I'm happy with my CrossClimates, but I'm waiting to assess mileage and it's too early yet. Gordon
  3. Must admit I find them interesting and fun to spot. The best I saw was on a really expensive UK reg sports car (Ferrari) in St. Tropez. The reg was P11 SER but 2 black studs had been placed top and bottom of the 11 to make it an O. With the spacing changed it read POSER, so the lad had a sense of humour. Just searched and found the above reg for sale at over £5000. Gordon
  4. Just an amusing aside on the point you make. Some years ago we were on Delftse Hout in The Netherlands (lovely site) when a Dutchman came over with his daughter, perhaps 5 years old, and asked if we could talk with his daughter for a few minutes to improve her English. He turned to his daughter and said, ''Listen to this lady and gentleman, they speak the same language as Dora the Explorer''. It made our day as we used to watch the same programme with our grandchildren at the time. Gordon
  5. Can't agree with that. There's an urban myth that German was almost the official language of the USA, rather than English, but just imagine if it had become reality. German would have become the language of the internet, Hollywood, and international travel. Brits, like the rest of the world would have learned German as a foreign language for the same reasons the rest of the world now learn English as a second language. If German was the language of the world, I expect Germans would be lazier in learning a second language, because everywhere they went there was a fair chance that someone would speak German. English ( or is it American English) has become what Esperanto attempted to be, the language of the world, and if you speak it you have an advantage in travel, work, trade and entertainment. Brits are not lazy linguists, they just don't have the same incentive, so we tend to learn a language for fun, culture and holidays. Like the OP I love French holidays and spend most of my caravanning time there, but I choose not to live there. I try to improve my French with the internet, linguaphone and college courses, but we have the disadvantage of not coming across spoken French as casually as English learners come across spoken English. English is everywhere and it's such an advantage when you have incentive and easy access to practice. Gordon
  6. I wish I could give them permission to access my medical records when I take out a quote, but I suppose it's too much work for them. I'm scared I miss something relevant or misinterpret what I have been told by medical staff. As I get older and continue to fall apart, I suppose I will be updating my insurer more and more . We always travel with the EHIC card for Europe and private cover, which isn't too expensive, although now I have to have USA, Canada and the Caribbean excluded.
  7. Enjoyed those, thanks. I like the way they are dressed appropriately for dinner in #16. My wife and I always dress like this when we go caravanning. . Gordon
  8. I take on board all the best practice safety aspects of cable length and not joining cables to lengthen them, but I have to join cables if I come across a two pin hook up abroad. I use a cable adaptor, about a foot long, with the standard caravan plug. I have a similar length of cable for the correction of reverse polarity. If I ever have to use both at the same time, that makes two joins, which doesn't sound good, but what can you do? I could rewire my socket to reverse polarity, or I could ignore the reverse polarity altogether as some have suggested in the past. I remember a thread on here, a long time ago, about not leaving your excess cable in a loop but to leave it spread out. One conclusion was that some members said they cut their hook up cable 1/3 and 2/3 (about 8m and 16m) and used the appropriate length as some hook up points are very close. When the full length was needed they clicked the two together. This is what I have done for the years now and I seldom have to join the cables, but I have done, including once this year. I can't see me changing anything except by buying a torpedo safe box for weather protection. Gordon
  9. Thanks for that reminder. I had to join two cables together this year for the first time in ages, and yes it rained. I kept it dry as best I could but I'll be buying one of these in case I need to do it again. Found them here, but lots of places must sell them. http://www. homesteadcaravans. co. uk/accessory-shop/camping-outdoor/electrical/electrosafe-rugby. htm Gordon Sorry, already posted while I was typing.
  10. I started to read this thread in France and have enjoyed the posts and opinions on foods, restaurants and general expenses in France. When we go we generally know what costs more and what costs less, but the true test is comparing like for like. French meat and fish counters are not the same as ours - different cuts and species of fish - but you can spot good value and poor value as you can in the UK. We generally feel French food is more expensive for our basic foods but fantastic for our treats: oysters (by the kilo not the unit), prawns by the kilo, mussels and mackerel for the barbecue. Wine is cheaper, of course, but our preferred cider in Normandy and Brittany can be as expensive as the wine we buy at around €3 a bottle. I've just done half a dozen comparisons on basic foods we like and use, and the comparisons between online Tesco and online Carrefour back up my thoughts on basic prices. I've tried to compare like for like but this is not scientific and if you want to pull it to pieces, please do. All prices per Kilogram. Bananas €3. 25 (FR) £0. 72 (UK) Pork Chops €19. 62(FR) £4. 86 (UK) Beef Mince 5% fat €13. 86 (FR) £8. 00 (UK) Rocqufort €19. 13 (FR) £18. 00 (UK) Cod €29. 95 (FR) £13. 50 (UK) Salmon €46. 39 (FR) £14. 00 (UK) Other than these we get good value bread, local cheeses, great seafood, interesting and varied sausages (but not Andouilettes ), really expensive tarts and cakes from the patisseries, good fresh fruit in season, and of course wine, beer and cider. We don't drink in the site bars. At around €3. 50 for a 33cl glass of beer that's about £5. 40 a pint. They must think we all live in London . (or am I just a cheapskate Northerner). We socialise on site with supermarket drinks. (the Brits talk caravans and sites, the Dutch talk Brexit, but at least they speak excellent English). If you can find an Aldi or Lidl, as we did in Carnac, then your costs will tumble as they do in the UK. Crémant de Loire €4. 95 was popular with the French. I believe the various Crémants are becoming popular in the UK too, eating into the Prosecco market. Websites if you want to browse: have fun. http://www. ooshop. com/courses-en-ligne/ContentNavigation. aspx?TO_NOEUD_IDMO=N000000013056&TO_NOEUD_IDFO=80993&NOEUD_NIVEAU=1&UNIVERS_INDEX=2 https://www. tesco. com/groceries/department/default. aspx?N=4294793659&Ne=4294793660 Gordon
  11. Interesting observation and often true. I must say the other extreme in France takes a bit of getting used to, and that is saying 'Bonjour' or 'Bonsoir' every time you walk past someone. I often get 'Good Morning' from the Dutch and the Germans and reply with 'Morgen'. How did they know I was a Brit ? Ah! yes, they spotted my Aquaroll, Wastemaster and wheel clamp . Gordon
  12. Same here. Just the page with all the vehicle information on it. Mine arrived in about 3 weeks but I'm not sure what the current rate of processing is. Some have reported very quick return. Gordon
  13. Tourist Board speak because they feel it makes money. Good luck to them. What's in a name? I fully understand the Dutch point of view, and accept the correct name is The Netherlands, but it's not an attractive name in its literal sense, hence the tourism thing. If they market themselves as Holland I don't think it is going to go away. Gordon
  14. Yet the Dutch market themselves as 'Holland'in the UK because it conjures up a much pleasanter image to the British than the Netherlands. Images of windmills, clogs, cheese, tulips, bicycles and so on are all images of that word 'Holland'. I didn't make this up, I asked the Dutch tourist board some time ago about Holland/Netherlands business and this is the information I received. So when I go there, I go to Holland. Website below: http://www. holland. com/global/tourism. htm I wonder if they market themselves as 'Holland' in other countries, or is it an English speaking thing. Gordon
  15. Interesting post, I like your style. It suits you and what you want to do. But we all have different priorities and preferences and we love to have the awning up. Depending on the weather we keep the panels in, take them out or fold them down over the veranda bar. The table and chairs are protected when it rains and we're not stuffing things under the van or back in the car. I like to keep out of direct sun too. Our van is small so the awning goes up quickly (haven't timed it) but I do it without help while the brew is being made. I peg it out after a brew. Perhaps, like you, we wouldn't bother with the awning for a stay of a couple of nights, but we do like to make ourselves at home and then walk, cycle or tour by car for 7 to 10 days. On a 30 day break, June or September, we'll stay on 4 or 5 sites, the last one usually being striking distance from our ferry port for a couple of days to wind down. Sounds to me like your heading for a motor home . All the best. Gordon
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