Dan and Claire on Sabbatical!!

Welcome to our blog, we hope you enjoy following our adventures!
We split our sabbatical in 2 parts:
Part 1 was from March to June 2010 touring around in our campervan in France and Spain.
Part 2 started on the 7th of July when we left Scotland to cycle through Europe and the Middle East to Africa in the remaining 6 months (back for Xmas).
Have a look at the route below and we'll try to post pics as much as we can!


Cycle Route to Africa

22 Apr 2010

In search of the sun

In search of the sun we’ve been all over the place! From Salamanca we went back to the Madrid area for some unfinished climbing and cycling business. But after one day of sunshine we were back in the cold, cloud and rain again. So we drove on to Valencia and a hotel!!! :o)

Valencia is an amazing place, a really lovely mix of old and new. Our hotel was very close to the arts and science city (have a look at the pics), which is a futuristic modern architectural complex with lots of space, water and glass.

While on a run through the big park that runs like a river through the city, we discovered a wine and food festival. So we returned to it that night and sampled the wine (and not enough food for Dan). It was one of these fairs where at the entrance they give you a glass and a little tapas dish and you walk around eating mostly pork products, snails, cheese and more pork. We met a funny group of people and spent most of the night with them, the guy seemed to know everybody on the fair and kept getting us more free stuff.

The day after we spent on the beach recovering...

We drove even further south for more warmth and are know between Valencia and Alicante, a bit inland from Benidorm and all that ugliness, and it’s lovely here between the orange trees. And would you believe the campsite we’re on is run by a Scottish couple from Elgin/Glenlivet! So we can read the Scottish newspaper and eat toast (Dan) in the bar.


1 comment:

  1. Hi Dan & Claire you both sound like you are having a great time and enjoying the warm sunshine at last and Claire you sounded as if you really enjoyed staying in a hotel for a wee while. Keep the blog going as it keeps us in touch. Jan & Dave. XXX