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… as usual the pics are at the end 🙂

After our stay on the Isle de Ré we asked ourselves if it could get any better. It did! Heading towards St. Etienne de Villeréal we stopped in Rauzan and camped just below the old castle. Rauzan is another example of a formerly beautiful village that is now fighting an overaged population leaving many houses for sale and/or in bad condition. In Rauzan we met Chris and Samantha which were on their way to the big Landrover Party near Barcelona. Chris thought we were heading for the same destination (which we were not up to this moment) and we instantly changed adopted our itinerary by adding this event to our list. We registered for the event less than 15 minutes after meeting Chris.
Our highlight however was Bassiviere. This place, managed by a dutch couple, displays urban industrial chic (they call it „Barn Chic“) in a rural environment. It was just our style 🙂  Joiz immediately went to greet our direct neighbors, Ralf and Melli, a very nice couple from Ingolstadt. We instantly liked each other and decided to celebrate Ralphs and my birthday together at the Bassaviere restaurant. Since Ralf’s birthday was 1 day ahead of mine, it turned out to be a long evening (or short night depending on the viewpoint).  Villefontaine and the surrounding villages still reveal the beauty of medieval times and manage to attract numerous tourists.  We spent the following evenings/nights together with Ralf and Melli, talking, cooking and having a good time.

From Bassiviere it was straight to Les Comes near Suria in Spain for the big Landrover Party, celebrating 70 year of Landrover. With more than 700 participating Landrovers and over 5.000 people the event was a blast. At the event campground we ran into Chris and Samantha again and were offered a pitch right next to them. The pitch had actually been reserved for the car of one of their friends but they made the spot available for us. On Saturday we participated in the 70 anniversary convoy and ended up taking some red colored trails which clearly demonstrated Mike’s Offroad qualities. Being so close to Barcelona we spent Sunday evening with Marylene and Patrick, the couple that we’d met during our repair stop in Mataro in December 2017. In the meantime we’ve become good friends and when we are with them it feels like family. With our ferry to Sicily waiting we turned north again and spend a very stormy night near Collioure. After a one night stop in Cavalaire-sur-Mer we are now in Ceriale, approx. 80 Kms west of Genova. Tomorrow night we’ll embark on a ferry to Palermo and are looking forward to continue our adventure. 

One Life. Live It.

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