Thursday, August 25, 2011

Morocco to Sweden

We returned to Europe via a ferry from Ceuta (Spanish enclave in Africa) to Algeciras (Spain). We drove to the city of Cadiz. It is thought to be the oldest city in Europe. People have lived here for 3000+ years. And persistent rumours say that the lost city of Atlantis was in the Cadiz area.

Sevilla was next. Once a Roman port, it became the capital of the Muslim invaders in the 12th century. It then returned to Spanish rule and had a monopoly on trade with the colonies in America from 1503.

In Mérida we gaped at Roman ruins en masse. Then we wild-camped on a hill among beautiful olive trees.

We drove into France and relaxed a couple of days in Les Landes.

Dune de Pilats is Europe’s highest sand dune, about 100 metres high. We enjoyed it!

In Arcachon we found a lovely shack on the beach where they served fresh oysters.

In St Emilion we wild-camped in a vineyard and tasted the sour grapes (and the lovely wine).

We returned to Sweden via Lyon (wedding), Champagne and Legoland (Denmark).

All in all we had driven 12,000 km through 14 countries. It was a great trip indeed!

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