Arriving in the Alps on our annual vacation, we are very fortunate with fresh snow. this has given us the opportunity to test the Nokian Hakkapeliitta in their full potential.
We had no snow chains with us, despite it being mandatory on the roads with which we have driven through. Even driving down the mountains we had no issues.
We are very happy with the tyres and of course with the Land Cruiser.
We have definitely made the right choice with the brand of winter tyre used.
This years excursion will be shorter than usual, taking us firstly to the Alps, then on to the highlight of the trip – the Buschtaxi 2015 gathering. The gathering takes place in Storndorf, Germany in mid-September. Depending on the weather conditions we will likely go to the Swiss, Italian and Austrian Alps. My plan is to update the blog as often as I can, at least with a line or two and hopefully some decent photographs.
The Landcruiser is almost completely ready, with just a few last minute essentials (like wine and beer) to load.
We arrived at the Ferry Port in Santander with some time to spare. We have visited the City and also managed to squeeze a Harbour round trip on a boat in. Coincidently our Brittany Ferry “Cap Finistere” arrived on the same time and we had a look while the boat sailed by. The weather is very good to us and with a temperature of 32 degrees Celsius it was a nice end to our time away.
We are back in Spain again. To be precise we in Ribadesella Playa, wich is in the region of Asturias in the north of the Country. The area is magnificent and very pictures. The coast is a paradise and there is so much to discover. Unfortunately we have to move on tomorrow but we have tried to fit in so much as possible. Here are a view photos to look at.
We left Benidorm and was heading south-west to Malaga in southern Spain. the weather was fantastic, you could not ask for anymore. We managed to travel in good tome and after a shot stop for a small bite and a Coffee over in the Sierra Nevada we arrived in Malaga at dusk.
Yes, Benidorm is not on my favourite list while visiting Spain. In fact I would not even dream to ever visit this place but through some crazy circumstance we ended up there. Our daughter and her friend are on a random short break and we could take the opportunity to see them. We had a great time together and on the next day we joined the mob on the beach. Tomorrow we plan to move on again and we will heading further south.
There is nothing better then be surrounded from pretty Girls
Makes you wonder if this Architect has still a job
For our annual trip this year, we will travel across Europe from north to south (and back again). Unfortunately it won’t be as long as we would like – only 20 days to cram everything in we want to do.
If everything works out as planned, we will hit the road very soon. Our first stop is the “Buschtaxi gathering” in Storndorf, central Germany, where we hope to stay until the weekend. We have attended this gathering for the last two years and we enjoyed it so much we decided to re-jig our travel plans so we could be part of this again. The gathering is very popular and well attended. It’s aimed at owners (and want-to-be owners and fans) of all Toyota Land cruiser, Hilux and FJ Cruiser models, along with many other people from all over Europe.
After leaving this event, we intend to travel on to southern France. After a short stay there, we plan to head on down to Spain and maybe thereafter on to Portugal. We need to pack a lot into a relatively short space of time as we have already booked a ferry return from Santander (Spain) back home for the end of September.
The photo shows the RTT and some boxes already in place. Spare wheels fitted and nearly ready to go.