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May 20, 2008
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The good, the bad and the ugly
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This is the entrance to a camp site near the River Loire just east of Tours, France. Pretty typical for the area, good security, small vague grassy site with no amenities except an electric pylon within 100 feet


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Like most sites, everything is a la carte. There is a fee for the site, a fee per person, a fee for electricity, a fee for the washrooms and so on. Often there is no option but to pay for everything applicable and a single fee structure would be so much simpler


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This site in Evora, Portugal, had a pretty loaded electrical pylon with hundreds of yards of cables emanating from it. And this was the low season!


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Water spigots are scattered sparsely around the camp ground and have a wide variety of fittings - often no fitting like this one. To fill up with fresh water requires some plumbing imagination as well as careful planning


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Under the blue cover is the horror show of the black-tank disposal. Haul your toilet cassette here, lift the lid and slurp away to your delight. Can't say I would not like the site right next to this activity


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Gray tank disposal? This one in Barra, Portugal, is not untypical - in fact more convenient than most. Back into the dead end, pull the valve and let her rip. Usually there is a hose handy to flush the remains but this one just stunk as the effluent dried


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Washing facilities range from the modern convenience type...


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...to the rocks on the river bank class


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European campers hate to use "their water" for anything, even though they paid a kings ransom for the convenience. Here is Mr. Europe lugging the breakfast dishes on a half mile roundtrip to save a quart of "his water"


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Ablution facilities range from the more or less splendid...


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...same thing with toilets and showers...


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...to the downright refugee style in this moldering campsite on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Billed as being 100 meters from the ocean, all one had to do to take a dip in the briny was leap over the hedge behind the toilet block, dice with death across a high speed rail link, scale a barbed wire fence and the beach was yours


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Another nice piece of Portuguese romance. This guy is emptying his black tank, a process that is not too well controlled, and a few feet away is a fresh water station and two barbeque pits


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Here's the next lucky punter filling up his water container oblivious of the fact that a "yellow suit" operation had just been completed a few feet away


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Here, the unsuspecting camper returns home with his chores complete


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Pitches, as they are called, are usually pretty threadbare and not only have no disposal facilities or fresh water but picnic tables, fire rings and the like are unheard of


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In the camp ground we used for our Lisbon visit, we were blessed with electricity, a water spigot and a bizarre black tank disposal system. No grey water disposal


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In Barra, Portugal, the site was quite minimal. The only amenity was the provision of a wire fence separating us from the street


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The caravan sites in Barra served as permanent holiday homes. In some installations it is quite difficult to find the founding caravan for all of the tent like extensions. This was out of season and there were no vehicles or people around - has to be hopping in high season


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This grand villa has even incorporated a couple of trees in its design


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Can't wait till the people get here!


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These folk have taken over their site in its entirety. This is Spain again, just 100 meters from the sea


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In Portugal, this is advertized as a holiday home for rent. Not quite what one might expect from the exotic description


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Not 20 yards from the holiday home in the previous picture was this rat trap. Whether this was to remove the rodents or just a source of low cost protein was unclear


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Before you get the wrong idea, some camp sites are quite neat and orderly if somewhat cramped. This site was on the Spanish coast, north of Valencia
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