ITS BEEN A WHILE. SORRY!

Simon Styles
Simon Styles

Traveller, whistle maker and foodie

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It has been a little while since posting an update on the travels. The plans have been changing almost daily for the last couple of weeks. the original plan was to quarantine in Holland for 5 days then get a release test then wait a further 210 days so we could enter Germany without issues around us trying to enter from a Red list country. However, as soon as we had taken the tests, Germany then Red Listed Holland so we were back at Stage 1! We would now have to quarantine again if we went to Germany so we decided to bin that idea and travel south through the France Rhone Valley instead of the Rhine as originally planned.

The whole Test to Release thing in Holland was bit of a joke too really. It was free admittedly but entirely set up to test the Dutch who had their own DigiDF app; a bit like out NHS one. We were promised results within 48 hours but Lizzie didn’t receive hers for 3 days and mine took 5! And the results could only be given verbally over the phone so were useless if we had ever been challenged. We weren’t fortunately but still, we could have saved ourselves several days in a wet and cold Holland!

campsite in Amsterdam

So, a dash through Belgium (satnav issues and road diversions lost us several hours on that one!) and then on into France and a motel stop just outside Reims, then in the morning an autoroute journey towards Lyon. We found a lovely little campsite in Beaune with an excellent restaurant, clearly a wine buffers paradise where we camped in our bivvy tent.

Plans changed again in the morning when the weather forecast for the Mediterranean was dreadful for the next week so took the decision to bin the South of France and head straight for Italy. we had both toured France a lot and whilst it was familiar, it was not exciting and new! So, a couple of days hard driving found us in Chioggia. Little Venice really, and a complete surprise.

We stopped for the night close by in a small town that was utterly deserted! The B&B was delightful and they could not do enough for us but the town was like a ghost town. No cafes or restaurants open, no bars, well scruffy little places with dodgy looking locals! We had to settle for a task away pizza, eating in the town square, necking Moretti like a couple of derelicts!

Moved on into Chioggia in the morning and after a bit of a fraught time trying to find the tourist information we finally got to a site on the beach.The campsite is lovely; if a little crowded but very friendly and there are some amazing camper vans.The beach is awesome and the weather fantastic so it has been a brilliant relaxation after a very stressful few days and some hard driving.

Took a cycle ride into Chioggia along the coast which was lovely and we happened on the weekly market, same a s a market anywhere really, no produce, just market tat! interesting nevertheless.

We took some time to unwind here and then moved on to Mestre, near Venice. Mestre is the industrial heartland of Venice so the scenery is uninspiring but we came with the intention of using it as a launchpad for getting into Venice. The eternal City. One can never tire of this place. You find something new every time.

Just a light snack for lunch!

Moving on into Croatia at the weekend.

More to follow!

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