From Tourists to Gypsies

img_1932We have been sharing emails with a guy called Paul for some time. He and his wife Elaine have been travelling around Europe by car, Narrow boat and Motorhome for the past few years.

After quite a few emails back and forward we agreed to meet up with him in Mojacar, where he is living and look at his motorhome with a possibility of buying it. Sadly  his wife Elaine whom he’s been sharing his travels with passed away in August after a long fight with the bast*#! disease Ovarian cancer.  He has been an absolute gent and given us so much help and information about motor homing among many other things.We have his phone number on speed dial as we may need some help from time to time ha h

So a couple of days ago Paul  accepted our offer and we are now the proud owners of a Mercedes Rapido 996M, which Amanda has christened PINOT……..better than Sauv blanc I guess and shorter to pronounce too.

So a few basic details :-

Length 7.6 metres, almost 4 tonne, right hand drive, 2 double beds, Shower and separate bathroom with loo, Automatic, right hand drive, hot and cold water, tele with self seeking satellite dish, leisure batteries and solar panels, full heating, garage and we are absolutely delighted with it.

We have spent the last few days kitting her out (yes apparently it’s a SHE according to Amanda), just like a boat so I guess she’s right. Amanda made the very wise decision we should go to IKEA to do most of the shopping for linen, kitchenware , Tom Tom pots and pans and everything we thought we’d need to fit out our compact digs and it turned out it was like shopping for a new apartment. Now those of you who know me, know I don’t do shopping unless it’s absolutely unavoidable, but on this occasion I actually enjoyed it…….who’d have thought !img_1903

Amanda did a cracking job with all the duvets and sheets and towels etc….of course it ALL matches ha ha ! So here’s some pics !

The lovely Paul handing over

A very happy Amanda and Pinot

Drivers seat which she has vowed never to use ha ha


The lovely Bob and Liz at the christening

We vacate our apartment on Monday and move in full time then. We will stay in the area for another week or so just to make sure we have everything we need.

So until next time, take care and happy travels x




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  1. Good luck guys, I hope she brings you as much pleasure as she did to Elaine and myself xx

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  2. Love the great stories and photos keep them coming please. Tapas, wine and Pinot can’t beat that. Have a fabulous time love from all in Brisbane

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  3. Great looking rig guys!! Loving the photos and you both look so happy. May the sun shine upon your face and the wind be at your backs.


  4. Your new digs look fabulous- talk about travelling in style… that’s Amanda to a T!!
    Have fun guys I’m sooh envious (I should’ve stayed in Europe)!😤😊

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