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What a difference a year makes!

Seems like another world, remembering our fantastic six month trip in UK and Europe last year, no thought of nasty viruses, social distancing or problems buying toilet rolls!! Looking back at some of the photos, it seems strange to be so close to other people, to be able to hug friends, and to enjoy a meal in a restaurant.

Our photos reminded us of some of the fun times we had, in Norfolk enjoying the Broads with friends; in Carantec Brittany when we thought we’d found the best overnight spot ever overlooking the sea, only to later see the sign forbidding overnight parking, and so moving on reluctantly at 8pm😢; maximising the use of e-bikes for example cycling to Mont-St-Michel in France, along the routes around Bad Mergentheim in Germany and obviously in Holland in the Netherlands; lots of eating out and barbecues. We are also reminded of how much we enjoyed being in our liner-for-two motorhome, how much it felt like home, how comfortable we were in it, and of course what a great day we had at the Carthago factory tour in Aulendorf.

We have used the motorhome a couple of times since returning to UK in October 2019 - we had good fun at the Lincoln Christmas market in December as we reported in our last blog and then fortunately, just before coronavirus really took hold, we had a great weekend in the Cotswolds with Roland and Marianne, a lovely couple from Germany who we met last year in the Netherlands. The Cotswolds is so beautiful at any time of the year, the e-bikes came out and we cycled to Bourton-on-the-Water and would highly recommend The Garden Cafe there and the Cotswold Motoring Museum - the museum is fascinating whether you’re interested in old cars or not! It’s so good to make friends from outside the UK as well as within it, and we are looking forward to our next trip to Germany and catching up with Roland and Marianne again, hopefully next year.

Our plans for the rest of 2020 keep changing because of coronavirus, so at the moment we are not sure where we may end up! Before coronavirus we had planned to go to Scotland to do the NC500 and also go to southern Spain and Germany. Now we think we will probably stay within 500km or so of home in case there is a second wave of the virus and we need to return, so for us that means England, Wales or northern France. Going back to northern France would be fantastic if we can, we so loved our month in Normandy and Brittany last year and an opportunity to get to the places in those regions we missed then would be a bonus.

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