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Alan's Newsletter has caused a lot of comments via email and other sources and I would like to share them with you all, here's a few comments, I have omitted names, but if you still want me to delete your comments please contact me straight away and I will take your comments off line. I do hope I have not overstepped the mark, so to speak.
This first one is from my old Suffolk friends, who I know will not mind me putting their comments up.
Always been the same mate there is little difference between the average caravanner or MOTORHOMER it is just that MOTORHOMES are the flavour of the month !
Also in a month or six weeks time the sites will also be full of tents camping is big business again you only have to look at the gear available now I wish we had it when we were hell arsed bikers it would have made the Scandinavian trips and the Iron and Steel Rally a lot more comfortable ! Lol
Good luck to the people who escape to Spain for the winter months but it is not all wall to wall sunshine and by what I have seen most are living on a pension so they basically live as they do at home and disappear indoors when Corrie comes on good luck to them but not my scene, to boring ! Lol At the risk of repeating myself I have told you for years that you CHARCO residents live in a lovely bubble cushioned from much of the real world and bloody good luck to you but it does you no harm to experience some of the shit us lesser mortals have to put up with on a day to day basis! Lol 😘😘
Alan , ma wee petrol headed, eel pie,
Reading your tale of woe newsletter brought a flood of tears to my right eye
Petrol in your diesel van, I bet the air was blue!!!!!!!
Anyway I for one will be pleased to see you and Wendy on Friday and will be even more pleased when you buy me the first of many Claras
By that time I expect you will have met up with your fellow grunion Victor and enjoyed a good steak.
Anyway me old mucker, have a safe and calmer journey on the ferry back to Lanzarote
Jock Wet Eyed Smith
Hello Wendy and Alan!
Too bad you had such a terrible time at the campsites with the small tent – but it was an interesting way to come to the conclusion that camping is for the Young!! Yes, especially in the spring the campers are out with the pensioned people enjoying their free time in their motorhomes.. But in my opinion you are lucky to have such a nice place in Lanzarote and always nice weather!! Hope your trip back home will be safe and that in due time you will appreciate all the nice things you experienced. There were some nice things weren’t there?
You’ll just have to join the motor home crowd. They really are great fun and make life on the road very easy. I agree some people do seem to add huge amounts of canvass to the side but this seems to defeat the benefit of having a van. We just roll out the awning, pop the table and chairs out and that’s it. Keeping your van however is a perfectly reasonable thing to do, I’m one of those people and I have to say doing it in the buff is a pleasure!!
Just wanted to thank you for your newsletter. You are so right! The world has gone totally comfort crazy. As for me, I still prefer camping and sleeping in tents, although preferably in the wilderness rather than on camp grounds. I have vowed never to buy a caravan or a motorhome…
Btw, we have never met, but we look forward to staying in the village at Lanzarote at some point in the future. Usually we stay at Club La Santa since I am one of those Ironman crazies 😊
Hi Wendy and Alan, No question that there has bee a rapid rise in motorhome ownership.....we have one. It is noticeable how the ratio on sites is changing. Added to this are those motorhomers, not us, who think they can park up anywhere and as you say, contribute little to the local economy. There is a backlash and local councils in the UK are banning them from a variety of popular areas.
You could make a similar argument for Charco and apartments. We were there for a month in January and despite near 100% occupancy, the bars were empty and lacking in any atmosphere.
Funny old world.
Good morning both
Thank you for the newsletter. We are sorry that your trip has been a little disappointing. We know all about the growing number of motorhomes!!
It’s so true now, very few sit out or socialise. The telly has taken over.
Welcome back to Charco!
We hope all is good at home. Nothing like your own bed!
We stopped camping only about 4 years ago, but can appreciate your findings. However, I think you would find France much more welcoming to nudists and camping, but its much too early in the year and cold. We are on the Costa Blanca, and this morning at 10am it is only 14, and yesterday saw the return of a horribly cold wind. Also we have done the Santander to Plymouth crossing 7 times last year and this, and like you have been amazed by the number of motorhomes. Spain attracts a lot of motor homes who seek to winter in the sun - it might have more sun but its COLD!
If you want a warm bed, come and see us, after May 28th - going back on Wednesday to the land of central heating, rain etc.
Well done for giving it your best shot Wendy. That’s the way adventures can turn out when you venture into the unknown, sometimes its good, sometimes its not what one expects. Hope to see you again at Charco.
Good morning—I have only met you both the one time I rented in Charco Polo and I don’t follow Facebook or blogs but I had to reply to this e mail!! Ironically we-me, husband 2 kids-spent two decades at various naturist sites always in France, Spain—only lately in retirement-in Portugal—and gradually moved on from tents to VW vans, small motorhomes only—our only new motorhome is now approaching 15 years and we have been debating how to replace her.
We have been to Almanat several times in winter but like you , have been appalled at the size, cost, sun blocking trend for huge vans and the way their occupants do just that—occupy them—all day and night—makes you wonder why they go camping.
Thus as we vacillate between entertaining having a car—cheaper—newer-quieter—a caravan???—husband no like towing idea—new camper?—horrendous prices—we have also thought—oh just the two of us now—tents and gear more sophisticated——so lets have car and tent again—maybe a trailer for all the bits.
I did say we may find some sites won’t take tents—which would be ok when we have to do textile in the UK but disastrous if one is heading for a European—hopefully warm naturist site. So thanks for your timely comments—definitely even more food for thought.
Enjoy the rest of your travels—I suspect you will be returning to Lanzarote feeling you have been in the best place all along!!
Great news letter about motorhomes. Thanks. After looking at some. I have come to the conclusion that if I could afford one I wouldn't need one
I can understand people's desire for a bit of comfort when camping, but I still remember our little leaky ridge tent in the boot of our Beetle on our very first Continental holiday in 1969.
I share your enthusiasm for La Cantina and the beautiful town in which it is situated. Makes me homesick for our usual 7 weeks in Charco. Just got to hang in until next January!
Kind regards and very much look forward to seeing your next blog.
Thanks everyone for your good wishes, Alan and I had a great time, met some nice people and visited new places, BUT as Alan said, Camping is not for us. Anyone wanna buy a tent ??
I think most of you will know by now that Alan and I are not in Charco del Palo at the moment, we have decided to do a bit of traveling in the Peninsular, i.e. main land Spain and Portugal. We started the trip a few weeks earlier than expected because of various commitments in both the Uk and Ireland, and having spent the Easter weekend with friends and family set off on our journey on the 3rd April. Because I do not "Do Boats" we booked the channel tunnel and were on the 13.50 train that same afternoon. Once we were on the road in France we felt comfortable so we just kept going and got as far at Le Mans. We found a great hotel for the night and had a lovely dinner. We were on the road again at 8am the following morning and made it across the boarder and into Spain by about 4pm. We spend the second night in a Hotel and the third night in the Van ! eventful to say the least, we were all settled down for a good nights sleep and the Police turned up and asked Who we were and Where were we from, once they had this information they just said ok and drove away. A bit spooky though. Since then we have spent a damp and cold night in our tent at at camp site called Las Grullas, Alan didn't pump the mattress up enough and I rolled over and slipped out of bed like a beached whale.... not a pretty site. One night there and we quickly packed up and headed south, we were freezing in the tent. We stayed at Almanat for 10 nights, neither Alan or myself particularly like the site, very regimented and full of big motorhomes, we were one of three tents on the site and even there it was too cold to sleep in the tent so we used the van, which I have to say is cosy, warm and very comfortable. Once the weather settled down we headed in the direction of Cadiz and spent one night in the van at Cala de Aceite camping, we didn't bother to put the tent up because we realised we did not want to stay. So today Tuesday 17th April just two weeks into our trip we are at Monte Naturista O Barão somewhere in Portugal. We put the tent up and got settled in and even this site is not ticking all the boxes for us. I think because we live in Paradise it sometimes hard to find it elsewhere. Not sure what tomorrow will bring, we may move on again, we may stay for a few days. I will let you know in a day or so. In the meantime, here's some photos of our trip so far.
Well the other day myself, Alan, Peter and Dr Neil (Kildare) Wheeler walked up to what we call the Lonely Palm. Well as you have probably read before our very own Dr Neil Wheeler is quite a wordsmith and he has written a great description of the walk we did. If you are here and enjoy walking then this is one of the best you will do. I am also being clever today adding the file as a pdf so it can be dowloaded and easy to print.
I am pleased to offer you some reduced prices for Finca del Mar and Nube apartments for May and June 2018.
Finca del Mar with large terrace costs just 60€ a night
Finca del Mar with small terrace and Nube Nº 7 cost 55€ a night
Nube 5 and 6 cost 65€ a night.
Above prices are for two person occupancy. There is also a cleaning fee of 60€ per rental.
My name is Wendy and I live in Charco del Palo with my husband Alan. We created Nudelanza -