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  1. We did Lake Garda in 2010 from Portsmouth as a starting point. We took the ferry to Ouisterham and drove 250 miles a day for three days to reach Lake Garda. We stayed 3 weeks which made the travelling worthwhile but I wouldn't entertain it for less than three weeks. As has been said the pitches in Italy can be small/tight. Will do a lot of site research if we decide to go again!! We booked a premier pitch but we still had a situation where we were A frame to A frame and unable to open our side windows if our neighbours had opened there's before us!!! Love Italy.. but it takes time and research to enjoy it to the full!!! HTH. G.
  2. Hi John, I hope you are keeping well and healthy? The mini (Austin Mini Se7en August 1960) is still a rolling shell.. though I have had the original engine and replacement Synchro gearbox rebuilt! We moved house from our original 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom family home... 10 to 15 years after the kids moved out... to our forever 2 bed bungalow in May 2018. Just putting the finishing touches to a 60 sq mtr extension (2/3rds the size of the original bungalow). So now looking ahead to more time on the mini and for caravaning!!!! Stay well, G.
  3. Many thanks for your two responses.. we'll probably go with camping port’land in Port en Bessin as that's a confirmed walk in pool rather than the probable Municipal one. But will check out both. Thanks again. G.
  4. Hi all, It's been a while since I've been on here.. but much has happened in our lives!!! We moved house and built a 60 sq Mtr extension. After many years of saying we will.. we are finally in 2020 (April/early May) going to do the D-Day Beaches. As some of you may recall my wife suffered a brain injury a while ago (20 years ago actually) and as a consequence has difficulty with elevations (stairs, steps and even steep slopes in the countryside). It's a along shot... but is anyone aware of a campsite around Arromanches or the D-Day beaches that has a heated swimming pool that has walk in steps (rather than ladder access)? Thanks in anticipation. Chapmag.
  5. Hi All, It's been a while!! After caravaning in France since 1985 and promising ourselves we will one day do the D-Day Beaches for the last 20 years.. we've finally decided to bite the bullet!! We are planning to be outbound the last week of April or the first week of May 2020. We've been told that Arromanches is a good base for what we plan to be a week in the area. We've driven past the church at St Mere Eglise numerous times... but we're looking for recommendations for Campsites in the area near Arromanches. Thanks in anticipation. G.
  6. She's keeping her fingers (just). . . as the deed is done. Acetone is the obvious choice. . . but what will it do to the net/curtain??? Anyone with experience??? TIA. G
  7. Hi All, SWMBO had a faulty cap on her nail varnish and when she shook it she got a splash on the insect net blind and one on the curtain! Has anyone any experience of removing nail varnish from these items??? Answers on a postcard please!!! Chapmag.
  8. chapmag

    Cadac Chef

    Safari Chef for us. ... prefer charcoal when BBQing. . but use the Safari Chef for everything else. . curries, paella, fry up, chili con carne, Sapghetti Bolognese. . anything that requires cooking outside the 'van to avoid impregnating the 'van with cooking odours.
  9. I have had this on our Senator Arizona Series 5 after the pink had run dry. Is it possible you have an air lock in there somewhere? Not sure how to fix it other than maybe manoeuvring the 'van to see if any air lock can be broken? HTH. G
  10. That's how we do it too!!!! Though we are on Talk Mobile Contracts at £7:50 a month. G.
  11. Many thanks. .. most thorough answer yet and we will keep it stored for use when we visit!! Thanks again. G.
  12. Geoff! You're so cruel!!!! I simply attempted to suggest an alternative to the norm (read best!!). There are those on here who sing ADAC's praises! Even if it's two strikes and your out! (or is it 3????). Or perhaps I got that wrong! I pay approx. £350 for a Red Pennant Annual (multi-trip) policy for the last 30 years . .. that I have (thankfully) never had to call upon! That's less than a £1 a day for total peace of mind!!! As I've said before. . If I befall some unfortunate accident (broken leg, hit by a bus or worse) I know that CC/Red Pennant would afford my nearest and dearest the very best of support and leadership in sorting out the consequences. I've seen it work for others many times and I wouldn't leave these shores without it!!. Sorry for the rant (NOT) G.
  13. ADAC??? . .................. I'll get my coat!!!! G.
  14. That's Karma. .. the person that told me about Scottshaven was also from Wales!!! LOL.
  15. Thanks all for the pointers. We've decided against going next late spring/early summer with the 'van. . but as we live only 3 miles from Portsmouth Ferry Port we may just pop over for a week and do B&B! Thanks again all. .. seen the parachute at St Marie Eglise when driving past and booked Le Cormoran a couple of years ago. .. but had to change plans at the last minute!! We will "do the beaches" and I will take all of your input into account. Thanks again. G.
  16. Hi, Been a while! Can anyone tell me about pedestrian access to the D Day Beaches? SWMBO is mobile (she walks with a stick after a stroke) but cannot cope with multiple elevations. Think along the lines of severe vertigo. We would like to spend some time in 2017 "doing" the D Day Beaches but we have been unable to find information about accessing said beaches by foot. Are the car parks/access points at the same level as the beaches are would we encounter steep dunes etc? Thanks in anticipation. G.
  17. La Rochelle itself and the Ile de Re are both worth a visit. . but don't do the Ile de Re at the weekend. .. the French invade it enmasse on cycles!!!!! P. S. There is a Toll Bridge onto the Ile de Re!!
  18. Recently heard of this site. . never stayed there but the person that mention it recommended it. .. http://www. scottshaven. co. uk/ HTH, G.
  19. Powrtouch for us. The one we have is 10 years old and has been on two caravans and is still going strong. The remote started playing up last summer (2014).. I asked for their opinion and Powrtouch seem to think it could be wear and tear on the membrane behind the touch keys. The remote is no longer available but Towrtouch have offered a repair for £50 or a refurbed one for £80. I think I paid £750 incl. fitting for the whole unit in 2005. ... so I've definitely had value for money (even if I end up with a refurbed remote for £80)!!! G.
  20. I too would let him know you understand French and then see if his attitude changes!! If it does fine. .. if it doesn't then you have the choice of thumping him (not recommended) or ignoring him and/or moving pitch! Just my twopenneth!!! G
  21. I use Thetford Sachets. . not cheap. . but no odour. I've been caravanning for 30 years and I cannot understand the "It's an awful experience" brigade. If you're careful and pour it slowly whilst pressing the anti-vacuum button it really is no problem. G. P. S. Never had to gag once!!
  22. We like Twin Lakes at Soumeras. It's owned and run by Garry a Yorkshire lad and has two (hence twin) Carp lakes. It's rustic rather than polished. .. but offers a very relaxed stay. Wrt Arcachon. . We stayed at Camping La Foret which is under the dune du pyla. Reasonable site. . but wouldn't rush back as a bit cramped in a pine forest. HTH. G.
  23. Hi, Partly to avoid the M25. I find the M25 no problem if there are no problems. ... but the slightest bump or increase in traffic turns it into a car park (as others have said). I would never use the M25 if I am under any time pressures. . ie attending a wedding or some such! It's very much hit or miss in my mind! The route I laid out is quite a relaxed route and you get more, and IMHO better selection, of Services! HTH. G.
  24. Unless you have to do the majority on Motorways my preferred route would be M1, A43, M40, A34, M3, M27 and then A27. Services options at A43/M40 junction, A34/M4 at Newbury or on the A34 at Sutton Scotney. A much more relaxed journey, IMHO, and multiple service station options. HTH. G.
  25. I put them top of the class for customer support Geoff. .. right alongside Red Pennant!! G.
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