I have listed our stopovers from start to finish below. It’s not very high tech – I know- but it does the job and with days here and there with no internet its easier to draw it on a map. That’s my story and I am sticking to it.
More detail of place names and costs/duration of stay are available at: https://paulandalisons2012tour.wordpress.com/2132-2/
This list includes a couple stopovers following our return from the European trip – I can’t edit the list to remove those few dates without ruining the entire table.
We obviously ‘stopped out’ more than 207 nights but I have, of course, not detailed those nights where we were visitors in friends houses – as its unlikely that you know them well enough to cadge a free night or two out of them 😉
The above shows our approximate route through Franca starting at Calais and finishing up at Matha – sorry I have no more ‘technical’ way of showing the route but I am sure with my ‘felt tip blue line’ and the details below you get the idea.
2/ Forge Le Eaux
4/ Le Mans
8/ Montrueil Bellay
14/ Sailles de Bearn
16/ 17/ Soria
18/ Aranda de Duero
20/ Salamanca (Shown within ‘Portugal’ map)
The blue line is the route for 2012 (the black one was 2010 – too tight to buy a new map_
A separate map for the Algarve area
The above covers from the west and across to Albufeira, whilst the next map takes us from Albufeira across to Cabanas and well on the way to the Spanish border.
32/Boca do Rio
35/ Praia da Gale (here from 18/06 to 07/08)
38/ Villa Real
And back into SPAIN
A lot of miles and just a few stops – we are gunning for France!
40/ Santa Elena
And now we are in the South of France
43/ Port Vendres
46/ Saint Martin de Crau (via a day at Arles)
47/ Les Arcs
56/ Madonna de Sasso
58/ Sesso Vittone
60/Aosta (officially the noisiest place in the world)
61/ St Gervais les Bains
64/ Aix les Bains
67/ Bourg en Bresse
68/ St Forgeux
69/ St Germain Lespinasse
70/ Le Crozet (below)
71/ St Fourcain sur Sioule
73/ St Sulpice
76/ Ste Maure de Touraine
79/ Maison Laffitte
81/ Le Crotoy
That’s it then. 5151 miles through France, Spain, Portugal and Italy and 6060 miles in total door to door by the time we get back to Cheshire (we are visiting our daughter in Cowbridge before we head further north. Its been a blast – we didnt get to all the places we had planned but we will tackle that in 2013.
By the way – many people have asked what sophisticated package I use for my mapping – google earth, OS Plus etc – but I use an exclusive website called www.putitonthepicnictableandtakeaphoto.com 😉 It works a treat!