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Title: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on February 10, 2018, 04:45:17 PM
He has gone bonkers about Spain  noooo:

Now that I have this job with paid holidays for the first time in 20 years I thought I might drive from Madrid to Galicia in May. Nod was like a kid, "Please sir, can I come too?"

So I have cobbled together an itinerary.

WHat can possibly go wrong?
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: apc2010 on February 10, 2018, 05:39:50 PM
He has gone bonkers about Spain  noooo:

Now that I have this job with paid holidays for the first time in 20 years I thought I might drive from Madrid to Galicia in May. Nod was like a kid, "Please sir, can I come too?"

So I have cobbled together an itinerary.

WHat can possibly go wrong?


 noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Uncle Mort on February 10, 2018, 05:58:00 PM
He has gone bonkers about Spain  noooo:

Now that I have this job with paid holidays for the first time in 20 years I thought I might drive from Madrid to Galicia in May. Nod was like a kid, "Please sir, can I come too?"

So I have cobbled together an itinerary.

WHat can possibly go wrong?


 noooo:

 noooo: noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on February 10, 2018, 06:55:44 PM
He has gone bonkers about Spain  noooo:

Now that I have this job with paid holidays for the first time in 20 years I thought I might drive from Madrid to Galicia in May. Nod was like a kid, "Please sir, can I come too?"

So I have cobbled together an itinerary.

WHat can possibly go wrong?


 noooo:

 noooo: noooo:

 noooo: noooo: noooo:

Just to make sure, you do mean Galicia in Spain and not Galicia the region in eastern Europe...  rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on February 10, 2018, 06:58:54 PM
 ::)
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on February 10, 2018, 07:01:03 PM
You wouldn't have been the first person I've known not realise that there are multiple, completely separate entries for a name when programming a sat nag and end up heading towards the wrong one before getting lost on some random road in the middle of nowhere...  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on February 10, 2018, 07:05:25 PM
 angel1
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on February 10, 2018, 07:44:39 PM
He has gone bonkers about Spain  noooo:

Now that I have this job with paid holidays for the first time in 20 years I thought I might drive from Madrid to Galicia in May. Nod was like a kid, "Please sir, can I come too?"

So I have cobbled together an itinerary.

WHat can possibly go wrong?


 noooo:

 noooo: noooo:

 noooo: noooo: noooo: . . . .

noooo: noooo: noooo: noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on February 10, 2018, 07:46:04 PM
 scared2:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on February 11, 2018, 08:41:52 AM
He has gone bonkers about Spain  noooo:

Now that I have this job with paid holidays for the first time in 20 years I thought I might drive from Madrid to Galicia in May. Nod was like a kid, "Please sir, can I come too?"

So I have cobbled together an itinerary.

WHat can possibly go wrong?

The owld Sierra!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on February 24, 2018, 08:18:36 PM
All booked for May  facepalm:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on February 25, 2018, 06:20:50 AM
All booked for May  facepalm:

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Miss Demeanour on February 25, 2018, 06:52:20 AM
Has his map reading improved?  lol:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on February 25, 2018, 07:02:02 AM
Has his map reading improved?  lol:

On a par with Nick...........



The blind leading the blind comes to mind....  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on February 25, 2018, 07:07:11 AM
Has his map reading improved?  lol:

On a par with Nick...........



The blind leading the blind comes to mind....  noooo:

The satnag leading the blind surely...?
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on February 25, 2018, 07:33:04 AM
Has his map reading improved?  lol:

On a par with Nick...........



The blind leading the blind comes to mind....  noooo:

The satnag leading the blind surely...?

Satnag is only as good as whoever programs the destination....  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on February 25, 2018, 07:37:41 AM
Has his map reading improved?  lol:

On a par with Nick...........



The blind leading the blind comes to mind....  noooo:

The satnag leading the blind surely...?

Satnag is only as good as whoever programs the destination....  noooo:

Precisely!  lol:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on February 25, 2018, 07:45:55 AM
 ::)
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on February 25, 2018, 07:47:11 AM
Has his map reading improved?  lol:

On a par with Nick...........



The blind leading the blind comes to mind....  noooo:

The satnag leading the blind surely...?

Satnag is only as good as whoever programs the destination....  noooo:

Precisely!  lol:

So has LL prepared for the magical mystery tour....?  whistle:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on February 25, 2018, 08:07:36 AM
Has his map reading improved?  lol:

On a par with Nick...........



The blind leading the blind comes to mind....  noooo:

The satnag leading the blind surely...?

Satnag is only as good as whoever programs the destination....  noooo:

Precisely!  lol:

So has LL prepared for the magical mystery tour....?  whistle:

 evil:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on February 27, 2018, 12:09:27 PM
On the road again....

(https://www.virtual-pub.com/SMF/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi.dailymail.co.uk%2Fi%2Fnewpix%2F2018%2F02%2F27%2F05%2F499E870E00000578-5439043-image-a-11_1519710379439.jpg&hash=94ba7fe7a3b2f784aba64a3b08ea4bb3)

 rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on March 27, 2018, 11:38:33 AM
Just been booking accommodation. Nod is like a kid waiting for Xmas  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on March 27, 2018, 01:16:27 PM
Just been booking accommodation. Nod is like a kid waiting for Xmas  noooo:

Waiting for an elderly bearded man to empty his sack you say....  rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on March 27, 2018, 01:32:53 PM
Just been booking accommodation. Nod is like a kid waiting for Xmas  noooo:

Waiting for an elderly bearded man to empty his sack you say....  rubschin:

happy001
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on March 27, 2018, 01:41:44 PM
 cussing: cussing: cussing: cussing: cussing: cussing:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on March 27, 2018, 01:49:45 PM
Just been booking accommodation. Nod is like a kid waiting for Xmas  noooo:

Waiting for an elderly bearded man to empty his sack you say....  rubschin:

happy001
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on March 28, 2018, 07:31:24 PM
Just been booking accommodation. Nod is like a kid waiting for Xmas  noooo:

Waiting for an elderly bearded man to empty his sack you say....  rubschin:

happy001


Sometimes its like shooting fish in a barrel...  whistle:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on March 28, 2018, 07:43:33 PM
 cussing: cussing: cussing: cussing: cussing: cussing: cussing:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on April 29, 2018, 02:35:39 PM
Nod tells me he has already packed his suitcase and it is waiting by his front door. We don't go until May 9th  facepalm:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Miss Demeanour on April 29, 2018, 03:50:05 PM
He's bound to be late and forgotten some essentials  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on April 29, 2018, 04:07:41 PM
Cabin luggage. I have had to remind him to remove all his liquids  noooo:

Good job they won't check him. One spark and he would explode. SO would I, at present  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Miss Demeanour on April 29, 2018, 05:31:04 PM
Whats up duck ?
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on April 29, 2018, 05:58:35 PM
 ::)

Boozy with Soozy in WESTMINSTER*
Lunch with Nod




















*https://www.tes.com/news/lets-tackle-causes-not-symptoms  (https://www.tes.com/news/lets-tackle-causes-not-symptoms)  whistle:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on April 29, 2018, 07:22:45 PM
Poor Suzi, being led astray by an ageing ginger Casanunder...  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on April 29, 2018, 07:25:55 PM
 Angry9: Angry9: Angry9: Angry9: Angry9:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 04, 2018, 09:44:58 AM
5 more sleeps  cloud9:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 08, 2018, 12:47:13 PM
One more sleep  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Miss Demeanour on May 08, 2018, 12:55:20 PM
Looking forward to further VP'ers travel blogs ...with pics please.  The standard has been set  whistle:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 08, 2018, 12:56:42 PM
I will select some highlights  angel1  We have to pick up the car and drive out of MADrid first  scared2:

What can possibly go wrong?  rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 08, 2018, 01:21:25 PM
First night will be a rather nice 16th century palace (dead cheap!))


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nhYfkD9fzQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nhYfkD9fzQ)
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 08, 2018, 03:04:26 PM
Looking forward to further VP'ers travel blogs ...with pics please.  The standard has been set  whistle:
:thumbsup:

Or you'll go round with your axe to destroy his wood?
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 08, 2018, 03:13:36 PM
I fear that with Nod in tow this may have comedic possibilities  noooo:

He has just texted to say he will be ready to go at 9 a.m.

The flight is at 3.00  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on May 08, 2018, 06:29:06 PM
I fear that with Nod in tow this may have even more comedic possibilities  noooo:

He has just texted to say he will be ready to go at 9 a.m.

The flight is at 3.00  noooo:

Amended for accuracy

As for Nod being ready 6 hours early it sounds like he is used to there being inexplicable calamities around you so has planned accordingly...  rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 08, 2018, 06:30:10 PM
He is worserer than me  redface:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on May 08, 2018, 06:33:07 PM
He is worserer than me  redface:

Is that even possible?  Shocked:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 08, 2018, 06:34:05 PM
Sadly  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on May 08, 2018, 06:44:37 PM
And they let the pair of you loose without a handler???  eeek: eeek:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 08, 2018, 06:47:47 PM
Nothing can possibly go wrong! I am in charge.  angel1
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 08, 2018, 09:30:10 PM
Nothing can possibly go wrong! I am in charge.  angel1

happy002
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 08, 2018, 09:32:50 PM
 Shrugs:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 08, 2018, 09:53:19 PM
Nothing can possibly go wrong! I am in charge.  angel1

happy002
happy002 happy002

Wasn't that Bruce Forsyth's catchphrase?  Nick is the all new Brucey?    scared2:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 08, 2018, 09:56:15 PM
 evil:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 08, 2018, 10:00:27 PM
Nothing can possibly go wrong! I am in charge.  angel1

happy002
happy002 happy002

Wasn't that Bruce Forsyth's catchphrase?  Nick is the all new Brucey?    scared2:

He had a young bird  too...  rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 08, 2018, 10:01:54 PM
 cloud9: eyes:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 09, 2018, 05:14:15 AM
Today is the day  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 09, 2018, 05:18:40 AM
Today is the day  :thumbsup:

 scared2:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 09, 2018, 07:20:10 AM
Today is the day  :thumbsup:

 scared2:
All new Brucey will be shouting from row 23 on the plane: "Higher, Lower"
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Miss Demeanour on May 09, 2018, 08:13:55 AM
Yay

Enjoy the tap ass  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 09, 2018, 11:20:36 AM
Nod managed to navigate us to the airport with only one major error. No traffic, so we are here three hours early for the flight  noooo:
Title: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 09, 2018, 03:44:05 PM
Nod managed to navigate us to the airport with only one major error. No traffic, so we are here three hours early for the flight  noooo:
time for a “Didn’t he do well!” then
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 09, 2018, 09:30:58 PM
Plane delayed. Dodgy takeoff and dodgier landing  scared2:

Got scammed by car hire company at Madrid airport  cussing: cussing:

Got instntly lost in Madrid. Finally got on right road and arrived (in thudnerstorm) to a delightful restored 16th century palace (£40 a night including breakfast ). Nod's room has a 4 poster bed  eeek:

Knackered  NickSick

Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on May 09, 2018, 10:18:06 PM
Plane delayed. Dodgy takeoff and dodgier landing  scared2:

Got scammed by car hire company at Madrid airport  cussing: cussing:

Got instntly lost in Madrid. Finally got on right road and arrived (in thudnerstorm) to a delightful restored 16th century palace (£40 a night including breakfast ). Nod's room has a 4 poster bed  eeek:

Knackered  NickSick

Your infamy preceded you so they gave you an old knacker job that wouldn't be worth repairing afterwards you say...  rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 09, 2018, 10:56:27 PM
Plane delayed. Dodgy takeoff and dodgier landing  scared2:

Got scammed by car hire company at Madrid airport  cussing: cussing:

Got instntly lost in Madrid. Finally got on right road and arrived (in thudnerstorm) to a delightful restored 16th century palace (£40 a night including breakfast ). Nod's room has a 4 poster bed  eeek:

Knackered  NickSick
Sounds  :thumbsup:

Popcorn:

Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 10, 2018, 12:32:06 AM
While you await my personal snaps of things, here are some images off the interweb

https://www.google.es/search?q=avila&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwio4PG4y_naAhWEPRQKHcBzCSYQ_AUIDCgD&biw=1292&bih=702 (https://www.google.es/search?q=avila&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwio4PG4y_naAhWEPRQKHcBzCSYQ_AUIDCgD&biw=1292&bih=702)

Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on May 10, 2018, 12:55:43 AM
While you await my personal snaps of things, here are some images off the interweb

https://www.google.es/search?q=avila&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwio4PG4y_naAhWEPRQKHcBzCSYQ_AUIDCgD&biw=1292&bih=702 (https://www.google.es/search?q=avila&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwio4PG4y_naAhWEPRQKHcBzCSYQ_AUIDCgD&biw=1292&bih=702)

Just checking but are these the 'before' shots?  rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 10, 2018, 12:58:29 AM
 cussing: cussing: cussing:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on May 10, 2018, 01:51:58 AM
Hey, you were the one who said that Nod was even worse than you are when it comes to cack handedness....  whistle:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 10, 2018, 06:46:14 AM
It was late and dark when we arrived and parked the car. llegally.

The police have towed it away   facepalm:

We now have to go off and find the police car pound  noooo: noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 10, 2018, 06:48:39 AM
It was late and dark when we arrived and parked the car. llegally.

The police have towed it away   facepalm:

We now have to go off and find the police car pound  noooo: noooo:

 point: point: point:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 10, 2018, 06:49:01 AM
 sad24:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Miss Demeanour on May 10, 2018, 07:09:36 AM
Oh dear ....how are your Spanish negotiating skills?
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 10, 2018, 07:42:50 AM
While you await my personal snaps of things, here are some images off the interweb

https://www.google.es/search?q=avila&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwio4PG4y_naAhWEPRQKHcBzCSYQ_AUIDCgD&biw=1292&bih=702 (https://www.google.es/search?q=avila&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwio4PG4y_naAhWEPRQKHcBzCSYQ_AUIDCgD&biw=1292&bih=702)

Just checking but are these the 'before' shots?  rubschin:
lol: lol: lol:

I'm amazed there are only 24 Horas in Avila.  Maybe I'm mistranslating
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 10, 2018, 08:22:53 AM
We located the car in a local car park where the police have a locked pound and we paid 76 Euros to release it, which we thought could have been worse  :thumbsup:

Closer inspection of the paperwork reveals that we additionally owe the police a fine of 210 Euros.  sad32:  This we have decided to ignore and will wait and see if it catches up with us via the thieving hire company. We have decided to leave town pronto and head to Salamanca, so now we are technically on the run from the police.  rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 10, 2018, 08:34:27 AM
Salamanca here we come.  :thumbsup:

WHat can possibly go wrong?
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 10, 2018, 08:35:30 AM
We located the car in a local car park where the police have a locked pound and we paid 76 Euros to release it, which we thought could have been worse  :thumbsup:

Closer inspection of the paperwork reveals that we additionally owe the police a fine of 210 Euros.  sad32:  This we have decided to ignore and will wait and see if it catches up with us via the thieving hire company. We have decided to leave town pronto and head to Salamanca, so now we are technically on the run from the police.  rubschin:
facepalm:

Please post pics of the inside of your cell
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 10, 2018, 08:36:50 AM
Will post details of the car hire scam in due course. The "upgrade" is about the size of a Chieftain tank  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 10, 2018, 08:51:53 AM
Will post details of the car hire scam in due course. The "upgrade" is about the size of a Chieftain tank  noooo:
Did you sign the hire forms?  If so then you've lost.  It is however a regular scam by hire companies in Europe that are often just franchises very disconnected from the brand name and frankly hanging is too good for them
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Darwins Selection on May 10, 2018, 11:24:19 AM
Will post details of the car hire scam in due course. The "upgrade" is about the size of a Chieftain tank  noooo:
Did you sign the hire forms? 
When they slide you the form and say "Sign here and here" putting a little cross next to the boxes, I usually oblige by putting a similar little cross in the box.
One time in 3 they just stuff it in the folder without looking.
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 10, 2018, 12:00:03 PM
Safely installed in our Air BnB in Salamanca with free beer in the fridge. Off in search of lunch  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 10, 2018, 02:25:35 PM
CHrist, the collapso is cheap here  NickSick

Not doing very well yet on the picture front as we are still fugitives. But going out later when it is not so hot, like, and will see what I can do  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 10, 2018, 03:18:24 PM
Nod went out an hour ago for a stroll and to see if he can find a nice bar.  ::)

He calls to say he is lost noooo:

I am combing Google Maps to find the bar  cussing:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 10, 2018, 03:58:14 PM
He was 150 yards away  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 10, 2018, 05:29:29 PM
He was 150 yards away  noooo:
Why not tie a piece of string to him and you hold the other end
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on May 10, 2018, 05:46:24 PM
He was 150 yards away  noooo:
Why not tie a piece of string to him and you hold the other end

Given their current fugitive status wouldn't a set of manacles be more approproate....  rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 10, 2018, 08:25:55 PM
He was 150 yards away  noooo:
Why not tie a piece of string to him and you hold the other end

Round his neck...?  rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 10, 2018, 09:00:07 PM
He was 150 yards away  noooo:
Why not tie a piece of string to him and you hold the other end

Round his neck...?  rubschin:
Well it would seem no danger there of cutting off the blood supply to something vital
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 10, 2018, 09:01:48 PM
He was 150 yards away  noooo:
Why not tie a piece of string to him and you hold the other end

Round his neck...?  rubschin:
Well it would seem no danger there of cutting off the blood supply to something vital

 drumroll:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 10, 2018, 09:03:04 PM
Today I have had to show him how to:

Use the door key to the flat
Open and close a roller blind
Close his bedroom blind
How to get hot water to come out of a mixer tap
Attach a photo to an e mail
Use wi fi
Read a bus map

It is now collapso o clock again, as it has been on and off, since 2.00  NickSick


 facepalm:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 10, 2018, 09:06:00 PM
Today I have had to show him how to:

Use the door key to the flat
Open and close a roller blind
Close his bedroom blind
How to get hot water to come out of a mixer tap
Attach a photo to an e mail
Use wi fi
Read a bus map

It is now collapso o clock again, as it has been on and off, since 2.00  NickSick


 facepalm:

 noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 10, 2018, 09:07:42 PM
He is in charge of history on the trip.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 10, 2018, 09:24:34 PM
Car hire scam

Car hire was £51 quid for the week.
This is, of course, nonsense, as they sting you for an additional £200 insurance to cover the "excess"
Thwarted this by buying the excess insurance in UK for £14  ::)
We arrive Madrid late, hot, in a hurry and take ages to find the car hire desk

Girl: Two of you?
Me: Yes
Girl: Luggage?
Me: Yes
Girl: The car you have chosen has no room for this much luggage [bollocks]
Me: I will risk it
Girl: You must not leave luggage visible in car in Spain. People break in.
Me: I will risk it
Girl: Not a good idea
Me: SHow me the car!

Pause

Girl: Where are you going?
Me: Avila and Salamanca

Girl: the car you have chosen will not go faster than 80 kph

By now I am fit to kill and sweating like a (stuck) pig

Girl: For just 15 Euros a day I can upgrade you to a more suitable vehicle
Nod: Oh fuck, let's just do it

I was in no mood to argue so we bought the scam. The upgrade is fucking ENORMOUS, girl has earned a bonus and we are 100 EUros down  cussing: cussing: cussing: cussing: cussing:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 10, 2018, 09:32:56 PM
Car hire scam

Car hire was £51 quid for the week.
This is, of course, nonsense, as they sting you for an additional £200 insurance to cover the "excess"
Thwarted this by buying the excess insurance in UK for £14  ::)
We arrive Madrid late, hot, in a hurry and take ages to find the car hire desk

Girl: Two of you?
Me: Yes
Girl: Luggage?
Me: Yes
Girl: The car you have chosen has no room for this much luggage [bollocks]
Me: I will risk it
Girl: You must not leave luggage visible in car in Spain. People break in.
Me: I will risk it
Girl: Not a good idea
Me: SHow me the car!

Pause

Girl: Where are you going?
Me: Avila and Salamanca

Girl: the car you have chosen will not go faster than 80 kph

By now I am fit to kill and sweating like a (stuck) pig

Girl: For just 15 Euros a day I can upgrade you to a more suitable vehicle
Nod: Oh fuck, let's just do it

I was in no mood to argue so we bought the scam. The upgrade is fucking ENORMOUS, girl has earned a bonus and we are 100 EUros down  cussing: cussing: cussing: cussing: cussing:

Quote from: Car Hire Girl
Estúpidos pensionistas ingleses! Como tomar dulces de un bebé ...
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 10, 2018, 09:47:09 PM
 evil:

Have just had to show Nod how to close a fucking window!!
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Miss Demeanour on May 11, 2018, 06:28:41 AM
Are his puter skills limited too ?  lol:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 11, 2018, 06:35:04 AM
Are his puter skills limited too ?  lol:

 drumroll:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 11, 2018, 06:36:56 AM
Are his puter skills limited too ?  lol:

Zero  noooo:

He has just had a cold shower (I heard the screaming) as he had forgotten how to use the mixer tap  Banghead

He is in charge of today's itinerary   scared2:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 11, 2018, 07:37:32 AM
Car hire scam

Car hire was £51 quid for the week.
This is, of course, nonsense, as they sting you for an additional £200 insurance to cover the "excess"
Thwarted this by buying the excess insurance in UK for £14  ::)
We arrive Madrid late, hot, in a hurry and take ages to find the car hire desk

Girl: Two of you?
Me: Yes
Girl: Luggage?
Me: Yes
Girl: The car you have chosen has no room for this much luggage [bollocks]
Me: I will risk it
Girl: You must not leave luggage visible in car in Spain. People break in.
Me: I will risk it
Girl: Not a good idea
Me: SHow me the car!

Pause

Girl: Where are you going?
Me: Avila and Salamanca

Girl: the car you have chosen will not go faster than 80 kph

By now I am fit to kill and sweating like a (stuck) pig

Girl: For just 15 Euros a day I can upgrade you to a more suitable vehicle
Nod: Oh fuck, let's just do it

I was in no mood to argue so we bought the scam. The upgrade is fucking ENORMOUS, girl has earned a bonus and we are 100 EUros down  cussing: cussing: cussing: cussing: cussing:

Quote from: Car Hire Girl
Estúpidos pensionistas ingleses! Como tomar dulces de un bebé ...
lol: lol: lol:


But seriously €15 a day ain't that much for an enormous car.  IMHO never ever have a small rental car on holiday, they are always tiresome to drive, there are always issues with luggage and you miss the chance to really try out a vehicle you might want to buy back in real life.

Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Miss Demeanour on May 11, 2018, 08:01:12 AM
Are his puter skills limited too ?  lol:

Zero  noooo:

He has just had a cold shower (I heard the screaming) as he had forgotten how to use the mixer tap  Banghead

He is in charge of today's itinerary   scared2:

Sounds costly  rubschin: lol: lol: lol:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 11, 2018, 02:10:19 PM
Utter shambles.

Nod's carefully researched guided tour of the University of Salamanca foundered on his utter fucking inability to read maps  Banghead  Each fresh failure led to a suggestion that we stop to have a beer while we "regroup". This did not help. Eventually I used my phone app to get us to the start point where, with Nod explaining something about medieval libraries, we acquired a small group of Japanese Catholic nuns. One of their number started interpreting Nod's ramblings to the rest, apparently under the illusion that he was some sort of specialist tour guide  eeek:

It was OK, until they started firing alarmingly detailed questions about 15th century canon law. Nod made up some mildly plausible answers before we fled to have more beer. I managed to find the frog on the university facade which will bring me luck, apparently  ::)

I am going to need it, as tomorrow we are driving east for the day so that Nod can enlighten me about the ins and outs of the Peninsular War here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciudad_Rodrigo (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciudad_Rodrigo)

He has read up on the fortifications and is threatening to do a "thorough job".  Banghead

https://fotos00.lagacetadesalamanca.es/2015/07/13/646x260/ciudad-rodrigo.jpg
 (https://fotos00.lagacetadesalamanca.es/2015/07/13/646x260/ciudad-rodrigo.jpg)

A boozy lunch led to an idea for an article from me about something non-Spanishy. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 11, 2018, 02:21:45 PM
And photos? Forget it! All the ones I have are of food apart from one of a stork on top of a chimbley. 

I will post some bits and bobs for Sharpe fans tomorrow, if we survive  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 11, 2018, 02:40:41 PM
He went out to buy some bog rolls!! He has now locked me in and himself out!!  Banghead Banghead Banghead Banghead Banghead
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 11, 2018, 02:48:08 PM
12 bog rolls!! 12! Why?

Nod: It's always handy to have one in the car  :thumbsup:

 Shrugs:

He has gone out for "a beer"  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on May 11, 2018, 03:20:03 PM
Utter shambles.

Nod's carefully researched guided tour of the University of Salamanca foundered on his utter fucking inability to read maps  Banghead  Each fresh failure led to a suggestion that we stop to have a beer while we "regroup". This did not help. Eventually I used my phone app to get us to the start point where, with Nod explaining something about medieval libraries, we acquired a small group of Japanese Catholic nuns. One of their number started interpreting Nod's ramblings to the rest, apparently under the illusion that he was some sort of specialist tour guide eeek:

It was OK, until they started firing alarmingly detailed questions about 15th century canon law. Nod made up some mildly plausible answers before we fled to have more beer. I managed to find the frog on the university facade which will bring me luck, apparently  ::)

I am going to need it, as tomorrow we are driving east for the day so that Nod can enlighten me about the ins and outs of the Peninsular War here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciudad_Rodrigo (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciudad_Rodrigo)

He has read up on the fortifications and is threatening to do a "thorough job".  Banghead

https://fotos00.lagacetadesalamanca.es/2015/07/13/646x260/ciudad-rodrigo.jpg
 (https://fotos00.lagacetadesalamanca.es/2015/07/13/646x260/ciudad-rodrigo.jpg)

A boozy lunch led to an idea for an article from me about something non-Spanishy. :thumbsup:

Either that or she was explaining to the rest of her group that the pair of you are nun the wiser...  whistle:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 11, 2018, 04:15:46 PM
 ::)

Nod has become intrigued by the bidet  scared2:

I have told him to go nowhere near it  scared2:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 11, 2018, 05:02:30 PM
I always knew Care in the Community was a mistake
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 11, 2018, 08:08:30 PM
I have been giving Nod advice about wimmin  rubschin:

Pity we are both pissed  noooo:

Peninsular war adventures with bog rolls tomorrow  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 11, 2018, 08:26:05 PM
I have been giving Nod advice about wimmin  rubschin: . . .
it'd be simpler to give women advice about Nod.  "Avoid"

Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 11, 2018, 08:31:46 PM
He has a very interesting situation with his lady cleaner for which I have suggested a completely brilliant solution  angel1

Anyhoo, we have opened some local collapso and some olives and are reviewing the absurd day. Ciudad Rodrigo tomorrow. Toilet rolls all packed in the car (I know not why).
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on May 11, 2018, 08:36:37 PM
I always knew Care in the Community was a mistake

It seems to work for Baldymort, perhaps Nick and Nod are just beyond help...  rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 11, 2018, 09:50:01 PM
He has a very interesting situation with his lady cleaner for which I have suggested a completely brilliant solution  angel1



Ajax...?  rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 11, 2018, 10:04:30 PM
Very creative.  angel1
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 12, 2018, 03:00:24 PM
A long day!! Nod is in charge of historical aspects  of the trip and we had agreed that Ciudad Rodrigo, which I have been to before, is, as well as being a charming fortified town an interesting place to visit historically speaking. Nod had read up on the siege of 1812 and was highly excited  ::)

He was navigating, which essentially meant looking at the GPS on my phone and issuing instructions. That did not go well  noooo:

He was OK at reading the on screen directions but less good at letting me know roughly which direction we were heading by looking at the map.  I got grumpy (we both had horrific hangovers).

Me: Can you give me some idea of the direction to head in?
Him: I can't do two things at once!
Me: You can't do one thing at once  cussing: cussing: cussing:

Anyway we got there an Nod led the way to the main exhibit: the cannonball damage to the exterior of the cathedral. That was it!!

We had lunch and left. AN hour's drive each way to see some holes. Here! Thriling!!

(https://s7.postimg.cc/3r53w5jzr/IMG_0880.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/3r53w5jzr/)


Still, Spanish roads are excellent and virtually empty. No potholes and no cones  cloud9: eeek:

Nod is going for a walk "and a couple of beers"  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on May 12, 2018, 04:13:34 PM
A long day!! Nod is in charge of historical aspects  of the trip and we had agreed that Ciudad Rodrigo, which I have been to before, is, as well as being a charming fortified town an interesting place to visit historically speaking. Nod had read up on the siege of 1812 and was highly excited  ::)

He was navigating, which essentially meant looking at the GPS on my phone and issuing instructions. That did not go well  noooo:

He was OK at reading the on screen directions but less good at letting me know roughly which direction we were heading by looking at the map.  I got grumpy (we both had horrific hangovers).

Me: Can you give me some idea of the direction to head in?
Him: I can't do two things at once!
Me: You can't do one thing at once  cussing: cussing: cussing:

Anyway we got there an Nod led the way to the main exhibit: the cannonball damage to the exterior of the cathedral. That was it!!

We had lunch and left. AN hour's drive each way to see some holes. Here! Thriling!!

(https://s7.postimg.cc/3r53w5jzr/IMG_0880.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/3r53w5jzr/)


Still, Spanish roads are excellent and virtually empty. No potholes and no cones  cloud9: eeek:

Nod is going for a walk "and a couple of beers"  noooo:

Hello, Mr Pot.....  rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 12, 2018, 04:13:59 PM
 ::)
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on May 12, 2018, 04:14:48 PM
Given how many times you've posted on here about your latest gubbaclysm you can't really complain...  whistle:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 12, 2018, 04:16:16 PM
Off to Zamora tomorrow  :thumbsup:  What can possibly go wrong?  angel1
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 12, 2018, 04:23:00 PM
Getting the tank hire car out of the old city presented some challenges!!  scared2: scared2: scared2:


(https://s7.postimg.cc/lrnybnfon/IMG_0881.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/lrnybnfon/)
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on May 12, 2018, 04:49:19 PM
Getting the tank hire car out of the old city presented some challenges!!  scared2: scared2: scared2:


(https://s7.postimg.cc/lrnybnfon/IMG_0881.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/lrnybnfon/)

Well it wouldn't be a Nick and Nod trip without some carange...  rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 13, 2018, 07:14:22 AM
omph  sad24:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 13, 2018, 08:38:36 AM
Off to Zamora tomorrow  :thumbsup:  What can possibly go wrong?  angel1
Bobby?

Is it time for my Zamora joke?
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 13, 2018, 10:22:16 AM
Off to Zamora tomorrow  :thumbsup:  What can possibly go wrong?  angel1
Bobby?

Is it time for my Zamora joke?

Nah, tell us zamora...  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 13, 2018, 12:35:12 PM
Off to Zamora tomorrow  :thumbsup:  What can possibly go wrong?  angel1
Bobby?

Is it time for my Zamora joke?

Nah, tell us zamora...  :thumbsup:

You might need Apey to explain it to you.

An old football chant:

When you're stuck in row Z
and the ball hits your head
That's Zamora


No need to thank me for the free ‘That’s Amore’ earworm
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 13, 2018, 02:37:01 PM
Safely back  :thumbsup:  We saw lots of storks and some stork babbies  cloud9:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 13, 2018, 03:32:14 PM
Our stork  cloud9:
(https://s7.postimg.cc/hydso6uw7/IMG_0889.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/hydso6uw7/)
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 13, 2018, 04:17:07 PM
Nod has been working on his Spanish  eeek:

He has memorised some phrases from his phrase book and has gone out to "try them out"  scared2:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 13, 2018, 07:31:48 PM
He has been memorising Italian  by mistake  facepalm:

ANyhoo, this is the corkscrew in the flat (both closed and open).


(https://s7.postimg.cc/9bsm423qv/IMG_0897.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/9bsm423qv/)



(https://s7.postimg.cc/6vqspoydj/IMG_0898.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6vqspoydj/)

Nod finds it utterly baffling and cannot figure out how it works  Banghead Banghead Banghead Banghead
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 13, 2018, 08:15:22 PM
He has been memorising Italian  by mistake  facepalm:

ANyhoo, this is the corkscrew in the flat (both closed and open).


(https://s7.postimg.cc/9bsm423qv/IMG_0897.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/9bsm423qv/)



(https://s7.postimg.cc/6vqspoydj/IMG_0898.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6vqspoydj/)

Nod finds it utterly baffling and cannot figure out how it works  Banghead Banghead Banghead Banghead

How long before he sits on it?
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 13, 2018, 08:18:51 PM
I am about to give him a corkscrew lesson  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 13, 2018, 08:21:57 PM
I am about to give him a corkscrew lesson  noooo:
facepalm:

We have arrived at Double Entendre Central
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 13, 2018, 08:23:09 PM
Regrettably. It will all be over in 4 minutes. Watch this space.
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 13, 2018, 08:31:05 PM
 doublefacepalm

Let's try again tomorrow  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 14, 2018, 08:25:30 AM
It's like a groanathon here  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on May 14, 2018, 08:33:38 AM
It's like a groanathon here  noooo:

TMJ....  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 14, 2018, 10:23:40 AM
It's like a groanathon here  noooo:
If you end up stabbing him with that corkscrew we might be able to give you an a la carte alibi.  Character references might cost a bit more
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 14, 2018, 03:37:45 PM
Nod watched a bullfight on the TV the other night and is now having nightmares  ::)  He is trying talking therapy to get him through it  Banghead Banghead

In other news, we stumbled across a delightful little bar in a sunny square today.


(https://s7.postimg.cc/bct9iu9vr/IMG_0906.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/bct9iu9vr/)



(https://s7.postimg.cc/dhdmk03tj/IMG_0907.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/dhdmk03tj/)

Naturally, we stopped for a beer (one of many  NickSick )  The bill: 80 centavos for two beers  Shocked: Shocked:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 14, 2018, 04:28:31 PM
I DON'T BELIEVE IT!! I have just had to teach Nod to use a recycling bin  Banghead Banghead

We move on tomorrow and Nod volunteered to take out the rubbish, mainly wine bottles  redface:

I pointed out the 4 large recycling bins on the opposite side of the road. He reappeared with the rubbish, declaring that the bins are all sealed. We went back down in the lift and I marched him to the OTHER SIDE of the bins where there were apertures for bottles, rubbish, cardboard and so on  Banghead Banghead Banghead

He is an utter clown. And he is STILL trying to speak Italian  cussing: cussing: cussing:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 14, 2018, 08:08:08 PM
Just found Nod shouting at the corkscrew. He CANNOT work it out  Banghead Banghead Banghead Banghead
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 15, 2018, 02:31:53 AM
Just found Nod shouting at the corkscrew. He CANNOT work it out  Banghead Banghead Banghead Banghead

Buy screw caps... ::)
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 15, 2018, 05:28:55 AM
Today we are driving to Segovia  cloud9:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 15, 2018, 10:41:32 AM
Finally in Segovia despite Nod's utter navigational incompetence  Banghead Banghead

Hotel car park is one of those robot jobs where the car disappears on a lift and gets stacked underground  scared2: scared2: scared2:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 15, 2018, 11:01:54 AM
Finally in Segovia despite Nod's utter navigational incompetence  Banghead Banghead

Hotel car park is one of those robot jobs where the car disappears on a lift and gets stacked underground  scared2: scared2: scared2:

You won't see that again...  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 15, 2018, 11:13:16 AM
Finally in Segovia despite Nod's utter navigational incompetence  Banghead Banghead

Hotel car park is one of those robot jobs where the car disappears on a lift and gets stacked underground  scared2: scared2: scared2:

You won't see that again...  noooo:
If he'd locked guess who in it then that could be a result
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Uncle Mort on May 15, 2018, 11:49:46 AM
Is Nod good for anything?
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 15, 2018, 01:14:15 PM
Is Nod good for anything?

Being Nick's only friend...?  whistle:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on May 15, 2018, 01:24:54 PM
Is Nod good for anything?

Making Nick look less like a disaster magnet...?  rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 15, 2018, 02:37:04 PM
OK. One for Miss D

I last came here 30 years ago, but had forgotten how stunning it is:

1. Sunny and warm with snowcapped mountains around
2. Fabulous (and cheap at 30 Euros) sort of boutique hotel bang in the centre
3. Beautiful Plaza Mayor with added cathedral
4. Astounding Roman viaduct (no mortar, held together by its own weight)
5. Medieval walls
6. Found fantastic little restaurant down a backstreet:

Lunch: Roast peppers stuffed with salt cod
Perfectly cooked sirloin steak
Choc truffle mousse with toasted almonds
Bottle of wine
Coffee

10 Euros  Shocked:

Nod said his cod was perfect and tried Tiramisu for the first time

Went over the road to a delightful square and found a little bar wide open but unstaffed. Eventually restaurant owner appeared (it was his bar) and we ordered coffee and brandy. He gave that to us gratis  Shocked:

This place is STUNNING!!






(https://s31.postimg.cc/e40h0tw1j/IMG_0934.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/e40h0tw1j/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/w6tjs3hmf/IMG_0931.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/w6tjs3hmf/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/w83hlb1dz/IMG_0930.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/w83hlb1dz/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/bb79gnqif/IMG_0926.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/bb79gnqif/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/5n0yptrbr/IMG_0929.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/5n0yptrbr/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/bb79gnqif/IMG_0926.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/bb79gnqif/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/a8x2ybabr/IMG_0925.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/a8x2ybabr/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/xn52adi07/IMG_0924.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/xn52adi07/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/d4erij65z/IMG_0922.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/d4erij65z/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/uugg3njrr/IMG_0921.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/uugg3njrr/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/3wmj25z7b/IMG_0920.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/3wmj25z7b/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/i329xhx8n/IMG_0918.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/i329xhx8n/)

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(https://s31.postimg.cc/6f882hajb/IMG_0915.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/6f882hajb/)
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 15, 2018, 02:40:25 PM
Is Nod good for anything?

Incredibly, he is an Oxford graduate with an MA from Durham!! How??
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 15, 2018, 02:55:48 PM
OK. One for Miss D

I last came here 30 years ago, but had forgotten how stunning it is:

1. Sunny and warm with snowcapped mountains around
2. Fabulous (and cheap at 30 Euros) sort of boutique hotel bang in the centre
3. Beautiful Plaza Mayor with added cathedral
4. Astounding Roman viaduct (no mortar, held together by its own weight)
5. Medieval walls
6. Found fantastic little restaurant down a backstreet:

Lunch: Roast peppers stuffed with salt cod
Perfectly cooked sirloin steak
Choc truffle mousse with toasted almonds
Bottle of wine
Coffee

10 Euros  Shocked:

Nod said his cod was perfect and tried Tiramisu for the first time

Went over the road to a delightful square and found a little bar wide open but unstaffed. Eventually restaurant owner appeared (it was his bar) and we ordered coffee and brandy. He gave that to us gratis  Shocked:

This place is STUNNING!!






(https://s31.postimg.cc/e40h0tw1j/IMG_0934.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/e40h0tw1j/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/w6tjs3hmf/IMG_0931.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/w6tjs3hmf/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/w83hlb1dz/IMG_0930.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/w83hlb1dz/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/bb79gnqif/IMG_0926.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/bb79gnqif/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/5n0yptrbr/IMG_0929.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/5n0yptrbr/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/bb79gnqif/IMG_0926.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/bb79gnqif/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/a8x2ybabr/IMG_0925.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/a8x2ybabr/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/xn52adi07/IMG_0924.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/xn52adi07/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/d4erij65z/IMG_0922.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/d4erij65z/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/uugg3njrr/IMG_0921.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/uugg3njrr/)

(https://s31.postimg.cc/3wmj25z7b/IMG_0920.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/image/3wmj25z7b/)

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 cloud9:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 15, 2018, 03:25:48 PM
OK. One for Miss D

I last came here 30 years ago, but had forgotten how stunning it is:

1. Sunny and warm with snowcapped mountains around
2. Fabulous (and cheap at 30 Euros) sort of boutique hotel bang in the centre
3. Beautiful Plaza Mayor with added cathedral
4. Astounding Roman viaduct (no mortar, held together by its own weight)
5. Medieval walls
6. Found fantastic little restaurant down a backstreet:

Lunch: Roast peppers stuffed with salt cod
Perfectly cooked sirloin steak
Choc truffle mousse with toasted almonds
Bottle of wine
Coffee

10 Euros  Shocked:

Nod said his cod was perfect and tried Tiramisu for the first time

Went over the road to a delightful square and found a little bar wide open but unstaffed. Eventually restaurant owner appeared (it was his bar) and we ordered coffee and brandy. He gave that to us gratis  Shocked:

This place is STUNNING!!






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 cloud9:
We have pics!   :thumbsup:  great stuff Nick

But does that look like you've trusted Nod with a metal knife and fork?   scared2:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 15, 2018, 03:28:44 PM
I maintained a safe distance  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Miss Demeanour on May 15, 2018, 05:01:20 PM
Fabulous pics ...I now want to go and is on my list  cloud9: :thumbsup:

Thank you
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 15, 2018, 09:25:37 PM
 NickSick NickSick
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on May 15, 2018, 09:52:56 PM
NickSick NickSick

Corkscrew related injury?  rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 16, 2018, 04:39:35 AM
In a sense, yes. omph.

Anyhoo, Madrid today (and Birmingham  evil:)
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Just One More on May 16, 2018, 07:17:32 AM
Is Nod good for anything?

A wink?  confused:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 16, 2018, 07:39:53 AM
Is Nod good for anything?

A wink?  confused:
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Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 16, 2018, 08:22:27 AM
Is Nod good for anything?

A wink?  confused:
drumroll:
drumroll: drumroll:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Darwins Selection on May 16, 2018, 09:15:53 AM
Is Nod good for anything?

A wink?  confused:
drumroll:
drumroll: drumroll:
drumroll: drumroll: drumroll:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 16, 2018, 10:10:30 AM
Came back to Madrid the pretty way through the snowy mountains. Hairpin bends all the way up to 2000 metres. Nod nearly fainted. Returned the tank without any unpleasantness and straight through security. Nod got the body search  point: point:
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Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 16, 2018, 04:41:36 PM
And home  noooo:

I was taking snaps all week and sending them to Nod via WhatsApp. After a couple of days I asked why he didn't take some of his own pics

Nod: I haven't got a camera
Me: You have one in your phone
Nod:  eeek:

I patiently show him. His is amazed and starts hesitantly snapping.

He was looking at the results today on the plane. Baffled.

He had somehow activated the camera on the screen side of his phone and is now the proud owner of about 100 selfies  facepalm:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 16, 2018, 05:07:04 PM
And home  noooo:

I was taking snaps all week and sending them to Nod via WhatsApp. After a couple of days I asked why he didn't take some of his own pics

Nod: I haven't got a camera
Me: You have one in your phone
Nod:  eeek:

I patiently show him. His is amazed and starts hesitantly snapping.

He was looking at the results today on the plane. Baffled.

He had somehow activated the camera on the screen side of his phone and is now the proud owner of about 100 selfies  facepalm:



 rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Uncle Mort on May 16, 2018, 05:12:37 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/tnyje2f.jpg)
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 16, 2018, 05:13:57 PM
 drumroll:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 16, 2018, 05:19:06 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/tnyje2f.jpg)
:thumbsup:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 16, 2018, 05:22:28 PM
Discussing his general incompetence over a "few" drinks last night  redface:  I asked him if he can ride a bike.

He can't.

His dad tried to teach him when he was 7 but he fell off and landed face first in a wabbit that had died of Myxomatosis.

His life seems to have been a series of such disasters.
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on May 16, 2018, 05:31:18 PM
Discussing his general incompetence over a "few" drinks last night  redface:  I asked him if he can ride a bike.

He can't.

His dad tried to teach him when he was 7 but he fell off and landed face first in a wabbit that had died of Myxomatosis.

His life seems to have been a series of such disasters.

Like minds you say...  rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 16, 2018, 05:34:23 PM
He is utterly incompetent in everything except Medieval History  Banghead Banghead Banghead
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 16, 2018, 05:38:24 PM
Discussing his general incompetence over a "few" drinks last night  redface:  I asked him if he can ride a bike.

He can't.

His dad tried to teach him when he was 7 but he fell off and landed face first in a wabbit that had died of Myxomatosis.

His life seems to have been a series of such disasters.

happy001
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 16, 2018, 06:07:49 PM
One day this week he got muddled and tried to clamber into the car on the left hand driver side. I told him to stop and go to the other side but he persisted (hangover) and tried to sit on my lap  eeek:

He has been doing some research for our next trip  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 16, 2018, 07:09:26 PM
One day this week he got muddled and tried to clamber into the car on the left hand driver side. I told him to stop and go to the other side but he persisted (hangover) and tried to sit on my lap  eeek:

He has been doing some research for our next trip  noooo:
How about here:  https://barolodibarolo.com/en/museums/127-corkscrew-museum.html
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 16, 2018, 07:12:45 PM
One day this week he got muddled and tried to clamber into the car on the left hand driver side. I told him to stop and go to the other side but he persisted (hangover) and tried to sit on my lap  eeek:

He has been doing some research for our next trip  noooo:
How about here:  https://barolodibarolo.com/en/museums/127-corkscrew-museum.html

 rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 16, 2018, 07:20:46 PM
 Banghead Banghead Banghead Banghead

I got a waiter last night to give him a professional corkscrew lesson. I had to leave the area. He had a sort of tantrum!
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 16, 2018, 07:41:50 PM
Banghead Banghead Banghead Banghead

I got a waiter last night to give him a professional corkscrew lesson. I had to leave the area. He had a sort of tantrum!

The waiter or Nod...?  rubschin:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 16, 2018, 07:51:00 PM
Both  noooo:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Grumpmeister on May 16, 2018, 08:11:49 PM
May I suggest as a birthday or Christmas present, whichever comes first.....  whistle:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Uncorking-Wine-for-Dummies-kit-by-Luminarc-corkscrew-bottle-stopper-foil-cu-/253605265473?hash=item3b0c0d4041 (https://www.ebay.com/itm/Uncorking-Wine-for-Dummies-kit-by-Luminarc-corkscrew-bottle-stopper-foil-cu-/253605265473?hash=item3b0c0d4041)
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Steve on May 16, 2018, 09:28:46 PM
How about go to Switzerland and see if that clinic does tourist tours.  What's the worst that could go wrong?

 redface: 
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Barman on May 17, 2018, 04:04:15 AM
How about go to Switzerland and see if that clinic does tourist tours.  What's the worst that could go wrong?

 redface:

 lol: lol: lol:
Title: Re: Yet another road trip with Nod
Post by: Nick on May 17, 2018, 05:22:54 AM
 rubschin: