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Europe Phase 2 Update

We’ve reached the point in our journey where we are about as distant as we’re going to get from London, our starting place for Phase 2.

The blue lines on the map below show our route for Phase 2 so far.  Phase 1 is in Red.

Colour map of Europe with a blue line showing our route from London through France, Germany, and South through Easter Europe to Greece

Our European Journey. Blue = Phase 2. Red = Phase 1.

This may look like the random walk of a drunken sailor, but there is considerable planning behind it.  The only places we’ve re-visited so far are in eastern Germany, but we expect that we’ll cross our tracks several times before we’re done.  Despite my best efforts to proceed in an orderly and efficient manner, there are a lot of factors that have influenced our route including desirable locations, weather, meetings with other people, special events/festivals, etc.  We’ll be heading through Italy next then continuing West.

So far, Phase 2 of our European journey is going well.  The S&M Motel is running great, and we’ve gotten back into the swing of free camping after a lot of campgrounds in Eastern Europe.  The weather has finally improved after raining almost every day in April and May. We’ve learned how much nicer it is to be traveling by motorhome when it’s warm and dry.  We sit outside to eat and read.  We can shower without heating the water first.  Now we’re wishing we had air-conditioning!

The Intermezzo

Our first trip to Europe last fall was a great success.  We travelled by motorhome through Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, France, Spain, little Andorra, and even smaller Gibraltar.  The map below shows our approximate route for Europe Phase 1.

Map of Europe marked with red lines showing route during Europe Phase 1

Europe Phase 1 Route

My musings about this period are available in the Archives from September 2011 to December 2011 (remember that to read them chronologically, you need to read them from the bottom up).

We returned home to Vancouver just before Christmas.  It was great to be with friends and family for the holidays, and to get caught up on the many things that needed to be done.  We left Europe with a to-do list of 120 items and battled it down to 12 items before we departed.  I never understood why retired people claimed they were so busy, but there appears to be something to it!

Because our home is rented, we were graciously hosted by our friends Werner and Henny for most of our time in Canada.  We did take a short trip down to Arizona to visit family (read about it in an upcoming blog) and to escape the rain.  We also ‘house sat’ for a couple of weeks for our friends Joanie and Henry who were also traveling.

We had previously decided to stay in Vancouver until the wedding of our niece Bailey and her husband Keenan.  It was a small and thoroughly enjoyable wedding and provided us a great last-minute opportunity to see Diane’s family before we departed.