Welcome Back to Friendly Spain
Not once have I seen refrigerated eggs in Europe.
More market goodies?
Bike parked on a Madrid street. Harley with a BMW GS headlight among other modifications.
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Theses Street performers were amazing. Unsure of the instruments though.
Fraga city view.
A living wall. A mix of burlap and cotton provide the growing medium. Can’t imagine the weight when watered.
Lights of Barcelona as we head to Rome on the ferry.
Portugal – Take 2
Lisbon Agriculture College
I need a sign like this over my shop door.
Campus orchards of dry farmed olives and walnuts.
Cork oak orchards in Portugal’s countryside.
Fishing the cliffs?
Snails are taking over.
This tiny flower was the only thing growing in our Sagers campsite. Amazing
Jeanette doing what she does best.
Lisbon Castle, almost looks like Hilmar.
Our Lisbon campground was right off the freeway, the GPS took me this way into a dead end.
Typical Portuguese meal. Fries on one side, rice on the other and a little piece of meat in the middle with a fried egg on top. A basket of bread is on the side. Starch!
This is a picture of a door on a 4 wheel drive camper. Notice the names and blood types, not a bad idea considering how some people drive.
European cities have graffiti too.
City streets with character.
Portugal – Take 1
We have added the youtube video below so you can listen to traditional Fado music as you look through the pictures of Portugal. The background picture is of Lisbon,
Welcome to Portugal
Igreja dos Grilos is a church and convent
Camped next to this guy, kind of intimidating.
A low cost alternative and better gas mileage too.
Stained glass coloring the interior of the Monastery of Santa Maria
Website picture of the Christ of the Trenches Crucifix found in a war torn trench of France. Now hangs at Portugal’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
High above Nazare
Jeanette kept telling me to get out there with the seagull. I think some things up.
Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré
Coastal forests harvested for pine sap.
Pine sap collection
Monastery of Santa Maria
The Unfinished Chapel
We shouldn’t have trouble finding the cathedral.
Welcome to friendly Spain
Free wine ?
Full of cars now, but this pen holds the stars of Running of the Bulls.
Even the statue makes me cringe.
Lucky enough to watch the end of the Tour of Spain time trials.
Oldest church along the “Trail of Saint James” is the Santa Maria La Real founded in 846 AD.
The clam shell represents the trail of Saint James because of its coastal route. Clam shells are every where, here on the upper inside of a church.
Clam shell in embedded in the pavement.
The dome in the Cathedral of Saint James. The church contains the tomb of Saint James.
Saint James Square
Toll roads are out of control!
Last days in France
Chartles cathedral from a distance.
Cathedral alter, one of the best yet.
Another view of the alter.
Another popular irrigation method, built like a center pivot yet the center is movable (yet different than a linear move system).
- 15 bottom plow!
Much of the European equipment is galvanized rather than painted or power coated.
Beautiful houses built into cliffs.
Sarlat downtown, why does it appear that I always wear the same cloths.
Nice campground by the lake, with a very nice host, It appears that at the end of August most of the crowds go home and only a few of us travelers remain.
On the road again.
Eiffel Tower looking down from the second level.
Eiffel Tower view
Eiffel Tower view
Eiffel Tower view
Entrance to Palace of Versailles
Artwork everywhere in the garden
Hard to tell, but he left parts down the entire track. I know how that feels.
On the road again.
Verdun, Alsace and Rimes
Bones of the war dead fill the basement of Douaumont Ossuary. An eerie picture with Jeanette in the reflection.
Battle landscape shaped by trenches and shells.
Battle memorial in french countryside. Teddy Roosevelt’s son died in WWI and his likeness is is the left hand statue.
The walls of the Douaumont Ossuary are covered with thousands of names honoring the war dead of Verdun
Machine gun battery that still remains.
Alsace countryside from castle tower.
Rimes Cathedral lit up at night.
Pictures of large cathedrals are difficult to take. The Reims Cathedral is too dark in the inside for pictures and the exterior has restoration scaffolding covering a portion, therefore we have posted a few Google images to show the true beauty of the church.
Google image of Reims Cathedral exterior
Google image of Interior.
Google image of evening light show.
For a link to an amateur video of the Cathedral light show click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx3J2aYWzTA
Battle field rock
Padua, Verona, and the Italian Alps
Colorful city of Verona
It appears that we are not the only ones who like Italy in August
Believe it or not this is the main road through town. One car at a time.
Verona church memorial
Inside the castle walls
Afternoon sun on the Dolomites; the view from camp.
Ski lift in the summer
Giving Dakota a rest after the crazy road
Giving Steve a rest after a crazy hike 😉
Crowds, now I know why they call it the Bridge of Sighs.
Rialto Bridge take from the city boat.
Interior of Saint Mark’s Basilica. Good pictures are hard to get because flash is strictly forbidden.
7:00 am view of Piazza San Marco.
View from the Grand Canal.
Saint Mark’s Basilica
Early evening Cruise
Enough with the shopping.
Astronomical Clock of the Old Town Hall
Locks of love
Lunch in a local restaurant that looks more like a cavern and serves authentic Czech food.
Charming city streets.
Stopping for a picture in the castle courtyard.
A pocket full of change. British pounds, Euros and now Czech Koruna.
Gmund Austria is where the first Porsche was built. In the museum there was the original wood mold for the 356 model.
Early convertible in the museum.
On to Italy
Berlin and Dresden
Berlin’s Prussian Victory Statue.
Topography of Terror.
No explanation needed.
Securty compound left intact so no one will forget.
Close-up of the mural of royalty, made from tiny porcelain tiles.
Bike ride through Dresden
Even the manhole covers are special!
Another product of Augustus the Strong. The horse statue points towards his home, Poland.
Amazing church facade in Dresden.
Our camp in Berlin
The First Days in Germany
Tonning, Germany town square.
Monastery of Jerichow
Monastery of Jerichow
Wolfsburg Autostadt with the Golf factory in the background
The Wolfsburg Autostadt grounds are amazing.
Citroen CV2. Not sure why it was in the Wolfburg Autostadt Museum, maybe because it is one of the few cars that have less horsepower than the Volkswagen.
Wicker bug. Not sure how you wash it.
Selfie in Wolsburg
Delft and the Dutch Countryside
Delft Square and our bikes
Local Coot looks on as we pedal past.
Taking a break.
Beautiful scenery on our countryside ride
Scooters are everywhere in the Netherlands and they are even able to drive in the bike lanes. This is an extra challenge when driving, as one does not expect a vehicle moving at 30+ mph in the bike lane. Mia, you need a matching one for Scott. Basket is an added touch.
Rush hour Amsterdam style.
I think you could go almost everywhere in the Netherlands by boat.
International soil museum. I asked if there was soil from the US and he told me the US can take care of themselves, we work for the countries that can’t.
Amsterdam Camping spot.
Wren Library, where Newton first measured the speed of sound.
Look at the bridge closely, you will see how crooked it is built. the builder was fired before completion.
Notting Hill area
Home of the Prime Minister.
Your guess is as good as mine.
Great camp site in England
American Cemetery in England
Seal in the Wall of States
Memorial for US missing in action.
Our Last days in Ireland
Beautiful hike near the south coast of Ireland.
University College Dublin Square
Ran into a couple of other buses along the way.
South Coast of Ireland
Irish roads are often narrow to say the least (the sheep don’t seem to mind though).
Typical single lane road that is really two lane.
It comes with the territory.
One of the smaller mounds of Bru Na Boinne
Passage way into mound.
Trim Castle entrance.
View from top of Trim Castle.
Peat moss farm?
Unknown abbey and cemetery in the Irish countryside.
Castle and abbey ruins are everywhere in the countryside. Some are in the middle of pastures or farms surrounded by cattle or sheep.
Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral
Guinness tour is a seven story building, with a pub and live music on the third floor in case you get tired.
Streets of Dublin
Street performers, a living statue. Original.
Grafton Street shopping district.
These people are serious about their tents.
Keeping up with the Jones.
Jameson’s whiskey tasting.
Grocery store sign showing modern farm scenes.
Dublin lampposts are beautiful.
Local bike/walking path in Pitlochery, Scotland
Distillery tour with the top row of barrels containing 25 to 50 year old scotch. Guide estimated top row to have a value of 4 million pounds sterling. We kept our interest to the twelve year old versions.
Edradour Distillery, Scotland’s smallest distillery.
Crossraguel Abbey Ruins
International Scottish Climbing Center, you can not believe how large this facility is.
There’s one in every family.
Dundonald Castle ruins
Western coast of Scotland
Fish and chips feast while waiting for the ferry
Off to Ireland
Saint Margaret”s Chapel, first building within the castle walls, built by King David I. It was finished in 1153 as a memorial to his mother She was later canonized as a saint.
Just inside the very touristy Edinburgh Castle wall
View from the castle
Edinburgh bus stop after re-stocking our provisions.
Free range horses. I think they were actually the town lawnmowers.
Saint James in Avebury
The dollar store?
Made just for us
Our Arrival Home