Our road trip to Madrid.

By Posted in - Personal & Practical & Travel on January 23rd, 2015 obm_travel_roadtrip_023
Gay couple moving to Spain: the road trip

The doggies back in the car

Gay couple moving to Spain: the road trip

First day: from Rotterdam to Bordeaux

 

To test how to drive from Rotterdam to Spain with dogs and furniture, we decided to go by car on our 2-weeks holiday Madrid. We thought we needed three days because of the stops we wanted to make every two hours for walking and feeding the dogs. Also Karel had to get his medication and ointment in his eye, twice a day. But finally we did our road trip to Madrid in two days.

Gay couple moving to Spain: the road trip

Feeding the dogs

Gay couple moving to Spain: the road trip

Karel eats well

Gay couple moving to Spain with two dogs: the road trip

Ointment for in his eye

 

At 11.30 we left Rotterdam on Friday the first “official ice-day” since March 2013 . Next time we will leave earlier, because now we got stuck in the Friday afternoon traffic around Paris.

Our first overnight stop was after 1.026 km in the city Bordeaux. Johan booked the Ibis-hotel in the city-centre, where dogs were allowed and there was a guarded parking, so we could leave our MAC-computer inside the car. Including French breakfast (no eggs!!), parking and dogs it cost us 109 euros. At the end of the holiday we want to calculate the difference between going to Madrid or Ibiza by car or by plane, with dogs and some furniture.

Gay couple moving to Spain: the road trip

The second day: from Bordeaux to Madrid

 

The second day we put the alarm at 07:00 and left the hotel around 08:30. What a beautiful trip! View on the Pyrenees and passing Biarritz, San Sebastian. We had snow up to 100 km from Madrid.

Dutch gay couple moving to Spain: the road trip

Snow in the Pyrenees

Dutch gay couple moving to Spain: the road trip

Moving to Spain: the road trip

Dutch gay couple moving to Spain with two dogs: the road trip

The dogs playing in the snow

Dutch gay couple moving to Spain: the road trip

Sony video camera filming the road trip

 

During our trip we “played” with our new SONY Action Camera. The results will follow soon on our YouTube channel.

We arrived in Madrid around 16:00 o’ clock with 13 degrees, cold but sunny. After unloading the car and first a Cafe con Leche (Coffee with Milk) and Tarta de Zanahoria (Carrot Cake) on the terrace of La Musa Latina, Johan brought the car across the river Rio Manzanares, where there is free parking. The beautiful walk back to the apartment is only 20 minutes.

Free parking Madrid across the river

Free parking: the walk back to the apartment is 20 minutes

 

(4) awesome folk have had something to say...

  • Claudia Potgieser - Reply

    January 27, 2015 at 08:33

    Glad that the doggies survived that long car drive. Is this the first time you took them on a road trip?
    love Claudia

  • Gertjan Holleman - Reply

    January 27, 2015 at 09:13

    Dear Claudia thanks for your comment! To answer your question: it was the 2nd time to France, first time to Spain. We had a wedding near Bordeaux last Summer. But on that trip we left Rotterdam at 23:00 hours and we slept 3 hours in the car in the early morning. With a hotel this time was much better. Warm regards, Gertjan

  • Rosita - Reply

    January 27, 2015 at 10:59

    Lieve Gertjan en Johan, Dat ziet er heel gezellig uit :-). Fijn dat jullie goed zijn overgekomen. Veel succes met settelen in Madrid. Liefs en tot in de pruimentijd hahahahha. xxxxx Rosita

  • Gertjan Holleman - Reply

    January 27, 2015 at 22:44

    Querido Rosita, bedankt voor je lieve bericht. Madrid is maar voor 2 weken hoor! Un curso intensivo de español. Daarna vertrekken we 2 maart naar Ibiza voor 7 maanden. Un beso muy grande, Johan y Gert XXX

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