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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 24th March 2013, 20:52 Thread Starter
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Anybody getting the Antara out for Easter? Maybe have some fun in the snow if it is still around next weekend?
For my part, my wife and youngest are coming to Spain for Easter so I will be driving down to Porto to pick them up on Wednesday - a three-hour outing there and back.

On Easter Monday I have to attend a meeting in Lisbon (can you imagine that - a meeting on Easter Monday?) That's six hours in each direction. We will probably also head off up to Santiago or La Coruña to see if there are any relics of the battle there between the British and French in 1809.

Then it is back to Porto to see the family off home.

That'll put some k's on the Antara. I will let you know how things go.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 24th March 2013, 23:34
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We are taking the caravan down to Buckinghamshire for the Easter break. Hopefully the weather will pick up in the UK for the holidays... But past history on UK bank holiday weather is not great.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 25th March 2013, 01:52
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Anybody getting the Antara out for Easter? Maybe have some fun in the snow if it is still around next weekend?
For my part, my wife and youngest are coming to Spain for Easter so I will be driving down to Porto to pick them up on Wednesday - a three-hour outing there and back.

On Easter Monday I have to attend a meeting in Lisbon (can you imagine that - a meeting on Easter Monday?) That's six hours in each direction. We will probably also head off up to Santiago or La Coruña to see if there are any relics of the battle there between the British and French in 1809.

Then it is back to Porto to see the family off home.

That'll put some k's on the Antara. I will let you know how things go.

Stephen, I know that you have mentioned travelling to Portugal for shopping etc but I only just realized how "remote" the city of Vigo is to the next Spanish city, so it obviously makes perfect sense to use Porto for flights.


Just a word to the wise however. In your absence from the VxON site, a certain member demonstrated all the attributes of being a "francophile", so please please don't use the words "French" or "France"


He knows who he isbut if you are looking for a clue, he is one of the seven dwarfs


On a personal note, I don't intend doing anything special at Easter but my wife may have other plans as I am sure that there will be "sales" on somewhere.


In fact the day after I collected my Antara, she just happened to mention that having the Antara meant that we will have no problems in transporting anything bought from IKEA.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 25th March 2013, 02:08
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We are taking the caravan down to Buckinghamshire for the Easter break. Hopefully the weather will pick up in the UK for the holidays... But past history on UK bank holiday weather is not great.

Hi Andy,


I do hope that you enjoy your Easter break down in Buckinghamshire.


Your analysis of the British weather is spot on and just emphasises the diverse weather that different parts of our small island receives. I just find it quite incredible that there can be such a change when travelling only a few hundres miles.


I noticed this morning that the weather forecast for the next week, for us up here in Scotland is more of the same, with some scattered snow showers but it is to be really cold with a biting easterly wind.


With that in mind, you may get better weather in the south of England, so here is my fingers crossed for you


ps Have a safe journey
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@ Andy:I am sure that you will enjoy the break as long as you are not bettling with snow when driving. Caravans are so much better these days than when my parents used to haul me off in one. We had a little coal fired stove for heating and no hot water or shower. I have to admit that the stove did its job well but it could be cold in the mornings. Nowadays some caravans are pure luxury. In Scandinavia they are even used in winnter for ski-ing holidays.
Have fun my friend.

@ John:
The critics have been pretty harsh on the Antara but no-where did I read that one of the drawbacks was taking the wife to Ikea. As it happens, and purely by chance you understand, Ikea in Porto is very close to the airport. Hopefully, the wife's shoes and other bagswill take all the space so there is an very valid reason not to visit the store.

I have no worries with a francophile as long as he is a francophile and not a Francophile, which does not always go down well here in Spain. To be honest, I am very fond of France too.

@ everyone:
Whatever you are doing at Easter, stay safe and enjoy yourselves.

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 25th March 2013, 13:54
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If the weather stays good up here, I'll probably go out for a run or two with my new Antara - Pick it up tomorrow.

Not sure where yet, but I have a couple of ideas. Top of the list at the moment is either Ben Nevis or John O'Groats. They're both about 200 mile round trips, on single carriageway "A" roads, so should give a good idea of MPG on the sort of roads I mostly drive on.

I want to go over the mountains to Applecross, but the mountain road is probably difficult at the moment, assuming it is open. Maybe leave that one for a few weeks. A drive round Loch Ness is also a favourite drive for me.
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All the options in your post sound nice Inchdown, I hope you enjoy whichever you choose. Don't forget, we will need photos. Edited by: Andyk
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The only journeys I'll be doing Sunday and Monday will be to work and back keeping the stores stocked so people can go shopping.
Wife will be at work on the wards on Sunday.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 27th March 2013, 15:15
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The only journeys I'll be doing Sunday and Monday will be to work and back keeping the stores stocked so people can go shopping.
Wife will be at work on the wards on Sunday.

Do you sell handkerchiefs in the stores ? because I am sure, that other members like myself, will be in need of them after reading your "heartbreaking" post.


Seriously though, having been in that position for thirty years, I know where you are coming from
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 27th March 2013, 16:09
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Thankfully I don't work in the stores as they are full of horrible whinging things. I think they call them customers.

I'm just the Numpty that delivers the stock from distribution centre to the store.

At least I get Christmas day off (at the moment), my wife's a Nurse and had to work the last two. Edited by: Dilligaf
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