Michael and Pam live in southern suburbs of Sydney (The Shire), Australia. We caught the travel bug several years ago. Having been a firefighter for 34 years, I have now retired. Pam is still working part time otherwise we would spend even less time at home.
Having visited Europe and North America in the previous two years we were looking for a way to extend our travelling dollar. After looking at numerous blogs, we decide a motorhome could be the way. So after much investigating we decided on the make and model we were looking for. Our plan was to purchase the motorhome during our next trip to the UK in 2013.
We started looking on eBay and next thing you know, we are the proud owners of a 2005 Hymer B584.
In 2014 we headed off on our first extended motorhome trip. Travelling from London via the ferry to Calais, from there we followed the French coast through Normandy, Brittany and the Atlantic coast to Spain before heading into the Pyrenees. From Toulouse we commenced two weeks on the Midi-Canal in a french penichette. Back on the road again we crossed into Spain and followed the west coast to Valencia before heading home via Bilbao.
In 2015 we wanted to do something special for the Anzac centenary. My great uncle George Guymer served in the AIF in WW1, he was killed in French Flanders in 1917. So departing England for France via Dunkirk we visit Bailleul cemetery before transiting France and Italy to Ancona. Travelling by ferry to Igoumenitsa, touring northern Greece and entering Turkey. We visit Anzac Cove at Gallipoli, Istanbul and tour central Turkey before again travelling by ferry from Cesme to Chios (Greek Island) then ferry again to the Port of Piraeus. We wander the Peloponnese for a few weeks before heading back to Italy by ferry and starting the long drive back.
In 2016 we completed a four month tour of England and Europe in our Hymer. Starting with a ferry ride to the Ilse of Wight for a few days back in the 1960’s. We then enjoyed a couple of weeks in Devon and Cornwall before crossing the channel by train for the first time. Having secured tickets for the Centenery Celebrations at Pozieres, we spent a few days in France before heading north into Belgium. The next 3 months were spent touring Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. This included an 8 day cruise on the Rhein River which ticks another one off the bucket list. In summary we fell in love with Germany, it proved to be a very motorhome friendly place to tour.
In 2017 we are planning….