Trip Start Nov 29, 2012
40Trip End Feb 18, 2013
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Determined to make it to Portugal we left the campervan for the garage in Marbella to sort out if and when they can.
Meanwhile travelling to Portugal for a fortnight's holiday in a Smart car is quite a challenge, how much can you take with you, you may wonder?
Well here's the list:
one small suitcase of Kay's clothes; one small soft bag of Colin's clothes; 5 pairs shoes; 2 towels and swimsuits ; 1 vanity case of make-up and toiletries; 2 washbags; 6 of bottles of wine; one bag of assorted groceries; 5 litres of water; umbrella; bag of books to read; one laptop; one 1-pad; 1 kindle; one box of chargers for phones, shaver; etc; 2 raincoats; 1 toaster; coffee and biscuits; 1 bottle drambuie; bag of lemons and oranges; bottle of brandy; box of various pills and tablets including indigestion tablets (caused mainly by the wine and brandy) map books; sat nav; essential documents;
As this was a spur of the moment decision and not having access to the campervan where all our worldly goods lay it was not surprising we forget one or two minor essentials like a hairdryer and socks
700kms and 8 hours later we arrive and book into a chalet...the little car has done us proud purring along quite happily only shaken by the occasional pot hole which elicitating the odd oooh and oath as the rigid suspension made itself felt. As much as we love the Smart we now know for sure it was not built for long distance journeys!!!!!!!! It's a good job we are both contortionist and could wrap ourselves around the luggage!
We were given a warm welcome by Bob and Margaret and from the lovely people we had met last year on the rally. We were delighted with our cosy warm chalet even more so as through the night blustery winds upto force 6 battered trees and ripped the awnings of some of our fellow campers.
We are glad we made the decision to come and not let the motorhome problem ruin our holiday and we have decided this is the way forward for our winter holiday next year especially as the daily rate for the chalet is not much more than the price of a pitch for a long stay.
Since we have been here we have already had two really good entertaining nights made so enjoyable by the good company we are in. The social ambience is very good on this site and it is a stark contrast to the isolation we felt in our 5 star hotel. We would swap luxury for good hearted laughter and story telling anyday.