Salvador Dali Part II (Figueres, Spain)

Journal entry for Sunday 26th Mar, 2017 (day 12, miles 70577)

Dali was born in Figueres and lived much of his life in the nearby village of Port Lligat where, over the years, he combined and converted a total of 7 cottages into an elaborate and some what eccentric house. That house is now a major tourist attraction. A visit requires a pre- purchased ticket, lasts only an hour, and all visits are supervised. To visit this house one must travel to the village of Cadaques then find ones way the extra 1 km to Port Lligat. to read the full post

Salvador Dali Part I (Figueres, Spain)

Journal entry for Saturday 25th Mar, 2017 (day 11, miles 70577)

The Spanish town of Figueres is famous as the location of the Dail Theatre Museum. As the name implies this is an old theater building that was converted (by Dali) into a museum to display various of Dali's works. Visiting this museum and soaking up some Dali atmosphere was our plan for today. to read the full post

The rain in (almost) Spain (Le Boulou, France)

Journal entry for Friday 24th Mar, 2017 (day 10, miles 70550)

It rained heavily throughout the day as we travelled down the A7 and then the A9 motorways towards the Spanish border. These sections of motorway seem to be managed by a different company and in general the road, and facilities were in poorer condition than those of the first few days. to read the full post

Just plain alternators, and a Volvo dealer (Aire de Portes Les Valence, France)

Journal entry for Thursday 23rd Mar, 2017 (day 9, miles 70322)

As I mentioned in yesterdays entry I was somewhat nervous that today we would find that the guys in Eindhoven had replaced the previously faulty alternator with some European part that was not up to the job. This concern was driven in part by the understanding that in Europe the U500 Unimog is a full 24 volt truck whereas the US version has a 12 volt alternator and 12-24 volt dc-dc converter to boost the voltage for all the control units. to read the full post

Aires and Alternators (Chalon sur Saone, France)

Journal entry for Wednesday 22nd Mar, 2017 (day 8, miles 70163)

We have been hearing about Aires for years from people and publications about motorhome travel in Europe (but more specifically France). We have been told, and read widely, that these are like overnight parking places for RVs that typically are not suitable for trucks, are specifically set aside for RVs in or on the edge of towns, and usually provide a sani-dump, fresh water (and even sometimes) electrical facilities. But in truth in our last two seasons in Europe we have not actually used one. We have often had conversations with non Europeans about the word Aires and its meaning. Google translate will tell you it means something like area, or zone. But that does not really explain the terminology Aires to read the full post