Towns & Nude Beaches
OLD MAN ON A BIKE
Simon Gandolfi's book is an inspiration to anyone who is say aged
72 but still feels 27 inside, or indeed any person who refuses to
accept the idea of a "sell by date"
He was 73 when
he set off from the Gulf of Mexico and made his motorbike trip to
Tierra Fuego at the southern tip of South of America. Currently,
at the age of 77 he is on a two-wheel adventure that focuses on
India. He writes a daily blog as he travels and you can savour the
experience by reading it (and past archives) at
of the blog will no doubt surface as a new book, meantime I would
recommend reading "Old Man on a Bike"
It is an enjoyable
and informative account of a journey through the better and lesser
known parts of South America. He is a seasoned traveller and writer
who knows the continent well, and as he speaks Spanish, has the
advantage of being able to get close to the people. One cannot fail
to be impressed by the enormity of the journey that he tackled on
a little 125cc motorbike. Anthing below that size is a scooter.
- "FRANCE ATLAS 2010."
anything the arrival of a GPS navigation system in our car has increased
the need for a good map rather than removed it.
The GPS voice that guided us in France made places with strange
names sound even stranger.
If you opt to not use the motorways it can guide you into some unexpected
and beautiful places. Under its direction we turned into a pretty
side road which narrowed to a track and when the tarmac gave out
we eventually stopped and waited while a farm cat moved her kittens
from the warmth of the middle of the road.
Help came when we looked at the Michelin France Atlas 2010. It's
large and detailed pages confirmed that the idyll was worth pursuing
and that we would not have to reverse back the way we came. The
GPS had selected the shortest route as the crow flies!
Atlas is packed full of information, view points, minor roads distances
are all there. At eleven by fifteen and a half inches it is larger
than earlier editions.
- "CAMPING FRANCE 2010."
This is the
camp guide of choice for France with a selection of 2,600 campsites.
It is useful for planning before you leave home and as the entries
gives distances to various towns it is useful for finding alternative
camp grounds while on the road.
The guide is
helpful when you are planning your budget. . From it you will learn
that campsites nearer the coast tend to cost more and that generally
the municipal sites are good value.
Often web addresses for the campsites are listed.
A regional map at the front of the book guides you to the relevant
section, which in turn has a map showing the location of towns and