The Arno River in Pisa, Italy. Photo taken March 24, 2017.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Sala Mandelli, Italy.

Where are they going next? Savona, Italy. Arrive March 27th.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Goodbye to some friends, and hello to others!

We were all up at just after 6:00am in order to pack up Louis and leave the apartment that we've enjoyed over the last week. We had to get Helen and Tony to Malaga airport for their 10:45am flight back to England.

On the road by 7:30am, and it was almost a two hour drive to do the 115 kms (71 miles), but we did stop to fill the fuel tank along the way.

Malaga airport has the worst entrance signage that we've ever seen. You know how usually you are directed to arrivals or departures? Nope, none of that there. Anyhow, we did finally manage to get to the right area without ending up in any section where we would have been too high to carry on!

No room to park though, so we had a quick hug and they hopped out of the van and waved goodbye. Until next time...we always have lots of laughs with them and enjoy each others company. Maybe they'll come visit us in Mexico next winter!

Then, Ruth and I carried on. We were meeting Canadian friends Paula and Jerry who have also been touring Spain and Portugal for the last two months. Strangely, this is the first time we've been in the same area despite being in contact with them from the beginning. It's difficult when you each have your own route planned. Paths don't always cross!

But, we're glad they did this time.

They are staying in an AirBnb rental in the town of Frigiliana, only about 50kms east of Malaga and we had arranged to meet them there about 2:00pm. So we could take our time and meander east along the scenic coastal route.

Louis, parked for a lunch stop east of Malaga.

You can see from the photo above that the weather has changed. Just in time for Helen and Tony to leave! Too bad. Clear and sunny with a high close to 20C. Perfect!

Costa del Sol.

Looking inland.

The Mediterranean Sea.

Kite surfers.

Some of the route went through towns. Slow going, but a nice drive.

Another motorhome enjoying the view along the way.

Arrived at Frigiliana around 2:00pm, and sent Paula a message. She sent Jerry downstairs to direct us to a parking spot they had saved for us with their rental car. The town is extra busy today because it's a holiday...and it's a beautiful day!

Paula was on their balcony taking pictures of our arrival!

There's Louis!

Backing into our parking spot!


Haven't seen them since we were in Valle de Juarez with the caravan group in Mexico last February. Hugs all around, and lots to talk about, especially since we've both spent much of the last two months in some of the same areas.

And, lots of reminiscing about RVing in Mexico, since we all plan to be back there next year.

Nice view from their balcony.

We went for a walk around Frigiliana.

Nice town. Lots of people on a holiday.

Jerry, Paula, Ruth, and Kevin.

Today, we're off to meet up with some blog followers, who are also from Canada. Then, we're not yet sure where we're going. We have to drop off Louis in Alicante next Monday, so we're headed that way.

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Home garage air compressor kit on deal of the day...great price!






24 comments:

  1. It was a great visit with you two. Thanks for heading up to Frigliana to see us. We certainly covered a lot of topics in a short time! Continued happy trails to you both!

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    1. We enjoyed our visit with you both as well and we are so glad that our paths could finally cross after these last two months. Have a safe journey back to Portugal and have fun for those last couple of days before heading back to Canada.

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  2. It sure looks like perfect weather. What a pretty town. Thank you guys for everything in the last two weeks of travel.

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    1. It was perfect weather and so was yesterday! I guess you took the weather back to England with you.

      You are welcome, we loved having you and had a great time with you both and lots of laughs. Can't wait until we can do it again! :-)

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  3. Is that a different Frgiliana to the one NE of Malaga or were you misleading us as it looks like that one?

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    1. Yes, this is NE of Malaga. Sorry, I had originally said west of Malaga, but I have now changed that.

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  4. I loved following your travels very interesting as I will never travel there.

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    1. So glad that you have loved our travels and adventures here, can't wait to show you more. :-)

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  5. Nice to meet up with friends again, have fun.

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  6. A pretty coastal drive to your destination and another neat town with a wonderful view. Love it!!

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    1. It seems to be hard to drive anywhere here without there being beautiful scenery, whether it is by the coast or up in the mountains. Actually up in the mountains is the best because a lot of the coast is just ruined by all the huge built up areas, luckily there are still some sections that have been left more or less natural.

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  7. Beautiful scenery on your drive today! Glad you could meet up with your friends again! Enjoy your stay!

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  8. Photo: nice town. Lots of people on a holiday.

    We eat in the restaurant on the corner and got the Tourist bus right beside it. Lovely little town. We stayed in a nice town along the coast La Herradura. We seen Motorhome parked on the seafront.

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    1. Nice that we could take a picture of somewhere you have been and be able to bring back some good memories. Frigiliana, is a really pretty town in a great location and away from the coast enough that it doesn't seem overrun with tourists.

      After yesterday's drive we are finding that many of the communities are starting to come down hard on the RVs that are trying to camp close to the waterfront. Several places we tried to stop at now have signs forbidding RV parking and that is not just at night but even during the day too!

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  9. Gorgeous photos! Are you two leading a caravan in Mexico next winter? If so, please post a link...we're starting to miss Mexico something awful and are thinking about heading down in our motorhome. I'm just not 100% sure about going it alone for our first time. Thanks!

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    1. Yes, we're leading a caravan to the Yucatan leaving Laredo, Texas next January. Unfortunately our group is sold out. You can copy and past the following link into your browser... http://www.mexicorvbuddies.com/index.php

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    2. Thank you, Kevin! Sorry to hear that we missed our chance to get into your group but will check the link and perhaps we'll find another that will work for us!

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    3. Emily, if we like it we will probably do it again the following winter, just in case you want to wait. :-) I know they are also doing a shorter route starting in October but I am not sure if it is full and I think they have also opened up a third group for the spring one, starting sometime in January or February.

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  10. Oh dear. That parking spot looks a bit tight. Good driving Kevin, or should I say...Good directing Ruth...Ya, I like that better...hehehe

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    1. Kevin is an expert when it comes to driving and backing up in tight places. He has a great eye for distance. He had to slightly readjust himself once before backing straight into that spot. I basically was only there to let him know how far he could go back before hitting the wall with the bikes. We sure are glad in places like this that Louis is only a small motorhome.

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  11. Gosh I'm so jealous! Really can't wait until our trip to Barcelona next year and you've inspired me to definitely take extra time to see more of Spain (although maybe not in a motor home). I am missing your little driving maps you used to post so I can get my bearings straight. Carry on...

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    1. You will love your trip to Barcelona and any other part of Spain you can make it to. I can't believe that we really have only seen a little tiny section of Spain and feel like there is so much more out there but not enough time. We will have to return another time, which we don't mind doing one single bit. :-)

      Thank you for the reminder of the road maps! With my cousin, Helen here and her husband, Tony we just got so busy and forgot all about it. We will get back into the habit and Kevin will go back into the older posts and add them in.

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