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The Hills are Alive!

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Leaving France and the cheese behind, we hopped over the border into the south of Germany near Freiburg. First to the Bodensee, better known to most Brits as Lake Constance (not sure why we English feel the need to rename…
Only in France!

Did we mention the cheese? (France 2015)

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Only in France! The absence of recent contributions to the Blog could well have aroused suspicions that we are sitting idle, squandering the days of the European summer. But on the contrary, dear Watson! The life of the overland traveller…
We passed through Austria on our way south (to Italy) and then again on our way back. The first time we travelled the Silvretta High Alpine road and the second time we travelled the Grossglockner High Alpine road. The Grossglockner is fabulously scenic...

Overlanding Austria

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We passed through Austria on our way south (to Italy) and then again on our way back. The first time we travelled the Silvretta High Alpine road and the second time we travelled the Grossglockner High Alpine road. The Grossglockner…
<div dir="ltr">We only had 3 nights in Slovenia. Hopefully we'll do some more one day, but at least we did the part called <i>Gorenjska</i>, as well as crossing the Triglav National Park on the <span>Vršič</span><span> pass.</span><br /><span><br /></span>The Slovenia Tourism boards official website (http://www.slovenia.info) says:<br /><blockquote><span><i>"If by some misfortune you were only allowed to visit one region of Slovenia, there is no doubt that Gorenjska would be a good choice."</i></span></blockquote>And, forget the guidebooks! This website has plenty of great information.<br /><br />So, at least we did the best part.<br />On our first night in Slovenia we tried to <i>pamp</i> on the pass going through Triglav National Park. Ourselves and a Spanish <i>ice box</i> (that's what we call the normal white motorhomes found commonly in Europe) were in a parking lot that didn't have any signs telling us we couldn't stay there (whereas other parking spaces did), but a man from National Parks came and told us we couldn't stay within the park. So, with a tremendous storm brewing, and not wanting to continue up through the bends in bad weather, we had to go back down to a campground. The storm struck as we were descending and when we arrived at the campground we couldn't even see more than a few meters in front of Blac.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QABj1kftQ2Y/VbCph4J5uiI/AAAAAAAACyw/bZxQc20VBf0/s1600/IMG_0149.JPG"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QABj1kftQ2Y/VbCph4J5uiI/AAAAAAAACyw/bZxQc20VBf0/s400/IMG_0149.JPG" width="400"/></a></td></tr><tr><td>Crossing Triglav National Park on the Vrsic Pass.</td></tr></tbody></table><br />The next day we crossed the pass, stopping at a cute Russian chapel and a few viewpoints. The pass was built by Russian POW's and many died in an avalanche.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2OKDK9kALtg/VbCphjlX6AI/AAAAAAAACyo/EByBIhsjC_8/s1600/IMG_0162.jpg"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2OKDK9kALtg/VbCphjlX6AI/AAAAAAAACyo/EByBIhsjC_8/s400/IMG_0162.jpg" width="300"/></a></td></tr><tr><td>The cute Russian Chapel on the pass in Triglav National Park.</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Next stop was Bled. It is possibly Slovenia's number 1 tourist destination and it deserves all the visitors. A pretty lake with a castle on a hilltop, an island in the lake with a pretty church on it, and mountains as a backdrop to everything else. We cycled around the lake, I sampled Slovenian wine (very good), and I hiked! Yes, finally my knee is enough improved that I felt it was okay to try a short  uphill hike. The hike was a difficult one up (611m) to a viewpoint over the lake. I went alone (Hendrik, I think, might have told me to turn back), and slowly. At the top I sat for a long time taking in the splendid view and feeling proud to have done such a difficult (if short) hike 6 months from my original problems, and confident I'd make it down okay, slowly. (I did!)<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EfMsixX8rhY/VbCpjsrKNiI/AAAAAAAACy0/9Sj0u1E6gg4/s1600/P1340837.JPG"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EfMsixX8rhY/VbCpjsrKNiI/AAAAAAAACy0/9Sj0u1E6gg4/s400/P1340837.JPG" width="400"/></a></td></tr><tr><td>The view of Bled from Ojstrica Viewpoint. The view was splendid even if I was at the wrong hour of the day for a great photo (at least by going early in the morning I had the view to myself!)</td></tr></tbody></table>Later that day we also did Vintgar gorge. It's a longer hike, but not so difficult and I've been capable of that type of walking for a couple of months. It's also extremely spectacular: a river rushes through the gorge and they've build a walking path along the sides so that it can be visited.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cEzPgbZ1iP4/VbCrHYh9OYI/AAAAAAAACzA/SFJ_R2d61xQ/s1600/IMG_0168.jpg"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cEzPgbZ1iP4/VbCrHYh9OYI/AAAAAAAACzA/SFJ_R2d61xQ/s400/IMG_0168.jpg" width="300"/></a></td></tr><tr><td>Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia</td></tr></tbody></table>Next, we visited another lake (Bohinj) and took a drive through some countryside to find a border crossing without using a motorway (for which you need a vignette, which aren't so cheap for us). In the Slovenian countryside two agricultural systems got our attention as these were done differently to what we'd seen in other parts of Europe and the world. Firstly there were hay drying racks everywhere, with small rooftops. And also, the Beehives, like the one shown below, many of which had wheels under them for moving. Many that we saw were very colourful, although we didn't see any with artworks on them, although it was popular historically in Slovenia.<br />Next was Austria.<br /><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hL15IqxlIKA/VbCrPq5LCgI/AAAAAAAACzI/OOloLnXiHYo/s1600/P1340847.JPG"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hL15IqxlIKA/VbCrPq5LCgI/AAAAAAAACzI/OOloLnXiHYo/s320/P1340847.JPG" width="320"/></a></td></tr><tr><td>Slovenia beehives.</td></tr></tbody></table><div><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3FHHSTWy5vk/VbCphkx7z-I/AAAAAAAACys/epnbViTd0eQ/s1600/IMG_0163.jpg"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3FHHSTWy5vk/VbCphkx7z-I/AAAAAAAACys/epnbViTd0eQ/s320/IMG_0163.jpg" width="240"/></a></td></tr><tr><td>Slovenian hay drying.</td></tr></tbody></table><br /></div>

Overlanding Slovenia

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We only had 3 nights in Slovenia. Hopefully we’ll do some more one day, but at least we did the part called Gorenjska, as well as crossing the Triglav National Park on the Vršič pass.The Slovenia Tourism boards official website (http://www.slovenia.info) says:…
We don't usually visit cities, as I've said before: they're more churches, plazas, and museums. But, I've always wanted to have a romantic gondola ride in Venice. So, H took me there for my birthday!Northern Italy has been fantastic, and Venice has bee...

Northern Italy

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We don’t usually visit cities, as I’ve said before: they’re more churches, plazas, and museums. But, I’ve always wanted to have a romantic gondola ride in Venice. So, H took me there for my birthday! Northern Italy has been fantastic,…
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Preparing Cuthbert for South America

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After a year of operating Cuthbert in Africa we can say (at the risk of inflating his ego ) that he really is a great truck and has exceeded our expectations in many respects. But even with Cuthbert’s level of…
Us at Bad K

Beer, Würst & Camper-trucks

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Europe’s largest overlanding exhibition is the Abenteuer Allrad Show held in Bad Kissingen, Germany over 4 days in June every year. This is where we first came in 2012 to choose a builder for ‘the Truck’ (the vehicle currently known…
Cuthbert does Brussels - at the Atomium

Back to the Future – in Belgium

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Cuthbert does Brussels – at the Atomium Drum roll…. Ta daaah! Finally Cuthbert arrives in Belgium from Port Elizabeth, safe and sound albeit over two weeks late. The ‘Great Africa Chapter’ is now closed and we’re looking forward to three…

Overlanding in Europe

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I think that most “overlanders” in Europe haven’t heard of the term,  so I’ll just have to keep using the words overlander and overlanding,  and defining them until people get used to it.  For those of you reading that are…
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Hurry up and wait!

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So after a great few days stop-over with our friends in Dubai on the way back to Europe from Africa, we had a long and frustrating process trying to establish which numpty is to blame for Cuthbert not being loaded…
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Bad News and Good News

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Bad news… long delays with Cuthbert’s luxury cruise back to Europe due to extensive incompetence by shipping agents    Good news… the delay has given us time to put together a small smorgasbord selection of pics from our fab year in…

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