Sylvia Guy and her husband Don have been Practical Motorhome reader team members for many years; here they pass on their experience, coming up with an A to Z of just some of the fantastic destinations that they’ve visited in their ‘van.


(For the first part of this story, click here)

J is for…

John O’Groats, Scotland

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Like many others before us our visit to John O’Groats was for the start of a charity ride to Land’s End. In 2008 Don did the journey on his 1938 Rudge Ulster motorcycle raising money for the NSPCC. Although our stay in John O’Groats was brief we did enjoy the magnificent views and the abundant bird and sea life. We hope we’ll be returning later this year as Don has decided to do another charity ride, this time from Land’s End to John O’Groats and so we’ll have another opportunity to explore this part of the country.


K is for…

Konopiste Castle, Benesov, Czech Republic

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We camped at Benesov so that we could take the train into the beautiful city of Prague. However, one afternoon we took a walk through the woods from the campsite and found Konopiste Castle, once owned by Archduke Franz Ferdinand (whose assassination led to the start of World War 1). It is a lovely gleaming white building with red tiled turrets,  set in acres of woodland, but we remember it more for the rather grotesque contents. The Archduke was a fanatical hunter and the castle’s interior walls are lined with hundreds of hunting trophies: the heads of the animals he shot, each one mounted and dated.


L is for…

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

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Described as ‘the most graceful of Tuscany’s provincial capitals’ this lovely walled city is also the birthplace of the composer Giacomo Puccini. When Don and I visited, the city was celebrating the 150th anniversary of the composer and it seemed that wherever we walked the air was filled with the sound of his wonderful music. There is plenty to see here from the Torre Giuingi, a tower topped rather bizarrely by an oak tree, to the Piazza Anfiteatro. Built on the foundations of a Roman amphitheatre, this is a delightful circle of medieval buildings, which now house interesting little shops and open-air restaurants.


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Part one

Part two

Part three

Part four

Part five

Part six

Part seven

Part eight

Part nine

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