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Post by bikeralw on Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:08 pm

This is mine. 
The Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle's Nest) in Bavaria. 
We once visited several years ago, and on this years trip to Slovenia I just had to pay a return visit.
Yes, it has a dubious history, but to visit in spring when the mountain air is fresh and the flowers are in bloom is just magical. 
The spectacular views over Bavaria and on into Austria are unforgettable.
Even my better half pictured here, who doesn't like heights, was impressed.
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Re: Your one touring highlight of 2018.

Post by dbroada on Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:38 pm

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Not sure if it was the highlight but was certainly one of them. Pont du Gard somewhere in the south of France.

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Post by dbroada on Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:09 pm

As I seem to be the only one playing so far, another highlight was passing (might have been a higher highlight had we gone in) the "Wine City" building in Bordeaux...

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Re: Your one touring highlight of 2018.

Post by bikeralw on Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:06 pm

Wow Dave, I'm loving that building. A must-see on a future trip. I was also impressed by the Pont Du Gard when we were there a few years ago, the only time my wife has complained of being too hot!
Yes, I was rather hoping a few others might post.
I'm always open to interesting places to visit.
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Post by dbroada on Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:11 pm

The wine city building was drawn looking like a boot on the tourist maps but I still wasn't expecting this. We also visited Toulouse and if we go there again I want to do the Airbus factory tour. Should be interesting to see how big a building you need to build a plane.

It was a bit hot at the Pont du Gard, just the correct side of too hot but we were there in October (Heather doesn't do hot) so I can't imagine what it would be like in the summer.

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Re: Your one touring highlight of 2018.

Post by Quilter on Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:17 pm

bikeralw wrote:I'm always open to interesting places to visit.
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We’ve not visited this year but we thoroughly enjoyed the Falkirk Wheel and, same trip, the Kelpies and, further south, the Anderton Boat Lift.

All 3 have excellent exhibitions explaining them as well as a big “Wow!” factor. You can overnight at the Wheel and walk up to the Antonine Wall nearby and then cycle to the Kelpies along the canal.  There is a huge car park at the Anderton where, I suspect, you would be able to stay overnight but we have not tested that.
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Re: Your one touring highlight of 2018.

Post by dbroada on Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:26 pm

Quilter wrote:
bikeralw wrote:I'm always open to interesting places to visit.
Al.

We’ve not visited this year but we thoroughly enjoyed the Falkirk Wheel and, same trip, the Kelpies and, further south, the Anderton Boat Lift.

All 3 have excellent exhibitions explaining them as well as a big “Wow!” factor. You can overnight at the Wheel and walk up to the Antonine Wall nearby and then cycle to the Kelpies along the canal.  There is a huge car park at the Anderton where, I suspect, you would be able to stay overnight but we have not tested that.
I went there this year! (But not the boat lift.)

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Re: Your one touring highlight of 2018.

Post by Quilter on Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:34 pm

The car park facing the wheel, where the 2 heads are shown above, is the one where we overnighted. Wonderful views and we had it all to ourselves.

There is a bus between Kelpies and Wheel but, being Scotland,  English bus passes don’t work !


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Re: Your one touring highlight of 2018.

Post by crosgor on Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:54 pm

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Strasbourg , brilliant


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Re: Your one touring highlight of 2018.

Post by harrysp on Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:40 pm

Anjun on the north coast of Holland. Cycling along the Wadden sea was delightful and reading about how the Dutch alter the coast line to suit their needs.

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Re: Your one touring highlight of 2018.

Post by groundhog on Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:01 pm

A touring highlight though not in Van Smallhousen, this is Two Jacks Lake just north of Banff and one of my favourite places in the Rockies. We were heading North to go on the ice crossing and up to Yellowknife. Great topic by the way[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]


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Re: Your one touring highlight of 2018.

Post by groundhog on Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:15 pm

If it has to be in the van...
Those fabulous SW France sunsets, planned to stay at Erdeven[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] for a night and stayed for a week, the joys of motorhoming!
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Re: Your one touring highlight of 2018.

Post by bikeralw on Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:50 pm

Brilliant pictures Hog!

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Re: Your one touring highlight of 2018.

Post by RML on Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:53 am

The Tour de France stage finish at the Alpe D'Huez in July.  The town couldn't have done more for the motorhome community. The manhole covers were adapted for use, all fire hydrants were fitted with taps and bags were given for everyday waste. 
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Re: Your one touring highlight of 2018.

Post by Milvus on Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:46 am

Having recently toured the NC500, for us this view amongst so many has to take some beating, which is the view out onto Scourie bay from our pitch at the cliff top campsite. We were very fortunate to find such good weather in September. Beautiful.

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Re: Your one touring highlight of 2018.

Post by AndyLouch on Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:59 pm

Just spotted this excellent thread! Spent 12 weeks or so 'meandering' our way across Europe to Tuscany and Umbria via The Netherlands, Germany and Austria and returned vis France. So many highlights really although really loved the Italian Lakes especially the smaller ones; Lago d'Orta and Lado d'Iseo.
Cinque Terre was also memorable and the Alpine passes were spectacular.
Couple of photos attached.
Plan to make our very slow way to Croatia next year staying off motorways and toll roads as much as possible. Time; he main benefit of being retired!! Andy

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Re: Your one touring highlight of 2018.

Post by bikeralw on Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:00 pm

Lovely pictures Andy. Agree about the retired bit.
We once did the cinque terre by motorbike, staying in hotels in the villages. Marvellous apart from having to carry all our gear in the extreme heat because motor vehicles are banned..
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Post by groundhog on Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:47 pm

Some great photos there Andy and what a joy enjoying them in the luxury of the winchcombe. For two a great touring van.
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Re: Your one touring highlight of 2018.

Post by AndyLouch on Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:55 pm

Thanks both! Yes, for the Cinque Terre we camped at Levanto and used the train to access the villages. Very hot in June as you note although we did walk between a couple of the villages!
We agree, love the van; plenty of space for 2 and making full use of it after purchasing when I retired 2  1/2 years ago!!
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Re: Your one touring highlight of 2018.

Post by Kingham on Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:23 am

I’ve visited some lovely locations this year, but for a personal and memorable highlight, I have to choose a week in May, during which I was camped at the Gaelic College on Skye for the Scottish Sea Kayak Symposium. 
It was during a coached tidal race session at Kylerhea that I met my Scottish lady on a beach during our lunch break and 7 months later, we’re still paddling together  up!

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Re: Your one touring highlight of 2018.

Post by Gromit on Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:30 am

But is she a power tripper?  Whistle1 lol4

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Re: Your one touring highlight of 2018.

Post by bikeralw on Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:32 am

Happy ending there, but reading your comment on another post you could be risking future electric trip outs....
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Post by Kingham on Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:59 am

@Dave @Al

Not yet.... and there’s hope for the future as being a sea kayaker, she’s happy to use the same ‘non electric’ hair drying system as me  snigger

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Re: Your one touring highlight of 2018.

Post by Peter Brown on Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:00 am

Just been through this years pics and could post so many great places in Italy and France.  Falkirk and the Kelpies have been done.

Below is a typical mixed weather day in Skye on the campsite at Broadford

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Below in C&CC Skye campsite.


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Re: Your one touring highlight of 2018.

Post by Kingham on Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:12 am

Arisaig comes a close second and with the van virtually on the beach, what’s not to like ? up!


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