• Bob and Wendy

May Newsletter


Welcome to the May edition of the newsletter. We are particularly happy this month as our first two tours of the season are safely away! Colin and Sue are currently in Brittany & Normandy with one group, while Gary & Eleanor are on the shores of Lake Bled with the Croatia & Slovenia Tour. Early reports indicate (generally) good weather and a zen-like feeling of wellbeing at being away again. We have a few photos below (hot off the press) and will have full tour reports in next month's edition.


There is only really one other big topic for this month - we have now finalised the 2023 Tour Schedule and bookings are officially open. More details below.


We have another great one-pot recipe and we have a handy little travel tip on dietary cards.

 

2023 Tour Schedule


The 2023 Schedule is now finalised. Details are in the PDF that was attached to the email we sent out for this month's newsletter. If you have any technical problems opening the file please get in touch or ask as young person.


Bookings are now open for 2023.


At this stage, these details are only available to you as newsletter readers. We will not be putting the information on our website until the end of the month. As usual, you are getting first dibs on being able to book for the new season.


We know that all tour operators say this, but please do book early if you want to guarantee your spot. As always, our most popular tours will fill up within a few days of being announced.

We only take 12 units (plus your tour leader) and spaces are allocated strictly on a first-come-first-served basis.


The schedule is as follows:

  • Idyllic France - 24th April to 9th May

  • Croatia and Slovenia - 2nd to 26th May

  • Lake Garda and Venice - 19th May to 3rd June

  • The Pyrenees: Biarritz to Barcelona - 5th to 29th June

  • The French and Swiss Alps - 13th to 28th June

  • Summer in Sweden - 7th to 31st August

  • The Loire and Burgundy - 2nd to 17th September

  • Tuscany - 3rd to 27th September

  • Croatia and Slovenia - 4th to 28th September

Details of routes and prices etc are in the PDF. If you have any questions about any of the tours, please get on touch. If you would like to book, please do it online here: https://www.crossingsmotorhometours.com/book-now


 

Latest photos from our Croatia & Slovenia Tour


Gary and Eleanor have just arrived in Lake Bled after a stunning drive through the Alps. Full tour report and more photos next month. Picture number two is the local delicacy, simply known as Bled Cake. The other photos are mainly scenery and not as interesting as the cake (apart from the one of Eleanor who is either in her back garden in Aberdeenshire, or somewhere in the Alps).








 

Coq au Van (the amusingly titled recipe feature)


Chicken Penne

  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed

  • 1 tablespoons butter

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon pepper

  • 8 oz penne pasta, cooked

  • ¼ cup fresh parsley(10 g)

  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese(25 g)

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 tablespoons flour

  • 2 cups milk

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Preparation

  1. In a pan over medium-high heat, melt butter, then add the chicken breast.

  2. Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and basil. Cook 8-10 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Remove from heat and set chicken aside.

  3. In the same pan over medium heat, melt butter and add the garlic. Cook until the garlic begins to soften.

  4. Add half of the flour to the garlic and butter, stirring until incorporated. Then add the rest of the flour and stir.

  5. Pour in the milk a little bit at a time, stirring well in between, until fully incorporated and sauce begins to thicken.

  6. Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and basil, and stir well to incorporate.

  7. Add parmesan cheese and stir until melted.

  8. Pour the sauce over cooked penne pasta, add the chicken and mix well.

  9. Add parsley and extra parmesan. Mix well.

  10. Enjoy!

 

Motorhoming Tips

This month's tips has come directly from a customer on tour with us at the moment.


Eating out is obviously one of the highlights of any holiday, but it can be a bit of a problem if you have any food allergies or intolerances and you are struggling to make yourself understood when abroad.


For just a few pounds you can get yourself a 'dietary card' in several different languages and covering several allergies. They are credit card size so fit in your purse or wallet and you can hand them to the waiting staff to make them aware of your dietary requirements.


They are available from lots of places online, for example https://equaleats.uk/ have cards available in 50 different languages.

 

Keep in touch


Please feel free to contact us at any time. When we are away, calls will bounce to our mobiles at no expense to yourself.