After a week, we moved to a place north of Madrid. This was well away from the coast and on a sort of plain surrounded by mountains. It was very hot here which was fine for me but not for Syd. You see I struggle in too much heat but Syd seems to be able to cope much better; but Dad sprays us both to cool us down and I love it and Syd hates it! We made good time to the Caravan Site, arriving around lunch time and were shown to our pitch. We had the afternoon to set up and then to go off to Madrid airport to meet Mum who had flown over to join us. Finding Mum at Madrid Airport, Terminal 2 without paying for Car Parking was a challenge but it worked remarkably well! We approached a pedestrian crossing and Mum was waiting to cross the road! Simple! We were warned about going to Madrid as car parking was both difficult and expensive but with Dad's Blue Badge it was simple! Adam split Madrid into two halves. One half which we did on a Sunday was a very large and beautiful park with lake and some great historic buildings but Dad much preferred the 2nd visit which was the other half and included the Royal Palace. Close to the site was a really nice small town called Rasafria which we all loved and returned many times. Some of the mountain roads were steep but the mountain scenery was spectacular! We reached heights in the region of 6000 feet (twice the height of Snowdon) and in one place Dad found it a bit of a struggle to breath though the rest of us coped well. At the end of a fabulous 2 weeks we packed up and the 5 of us (3 humans and 2 fids) set off for a site which we had been to before in SW France near the border with Spain.
When we arrived we had 3 days with Adam and then Stacey was due to fly out and Adam was going back (on the same plane). WE went to several places including San Sebastien (Donostia) as this was a really beautiful place which Mum and Dad wanted to show both Adam and Stacey. It was here that we found the Bar Amazonas at which we had to pose for a picture! The site was near Biarritz which is a simple but very pleasant place with some incredibly expensive hotels and about 3 beaches of golden sand. It was here that we jokingly said that Dad should put a GB sticker on the back of his Mobility Scooter! A highlight for Stacey was finding a nice fine day to go up the Rhun Mountain with stunning views all around and a trip on an unusual cog driven railway! Stacey had a tremendous time relaxing (and putting me and Syd on a diet as, she claimed, we had eaten far too much in the previous 3 weeks!). At the end of her 10 day stay we made the 3 hour trip back to Santander ready to board our ferry for the late night crossing back to Poole. The crossing took 25 hours and we arrived at Poole late at night so we stayed in the Ferryport for the night and got home the following morning around 09:00.
There are loads of photos below. Please have a look through them.