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 ??