Eur ’19 | Chateau de Pierrefonds

Continuing our journey North-west, our next notable stop-off was Chateau de Pierrefonds. It had been recommended to us and we had just watched the ultra-cheesy BBC series, Merlin, so it came up at just the right time. As we approached and drove into the small town of Pierrefonds we caught glimpses of the magnificent castle…

Eur ’19 | Troyes!

Our visit to Troyes was a relaxed affair. Having sent a couple of hours driving, covering some good ground, we arrived around lunchtime and were looking for a chilled out afternoon. It turns out we picked the perfect place to watch the world go by – Troyes is stunning! Leaving the van in the outskirts…

Eur ’19 | At the mercy of the French… and thank goodness!

Somewhere between the Jura Mountains and Dijon our relaxed, care-free and uneventful trip took a turn for the worse. We were cruising along, enjoying the sun and music as we coasted through small towns and villages, all slumbering on this Sunday afternoon. Turning off at a small junction on the outer edge of a small…

Eur ’19 | Cascade du Herrison – Exploring the Jura

The Jura treated us to a star studded night parked up in a forest clearing. We had a long lazy bbq dinner and an even longer evening watching the colours fade behind the jagged silhouettes of the surrounding trees. The stars seemed to multiply as the sky shifted from blue, to purple, to black. And…

Eur ’19 | Geneva – Paddle boarding and Jardin Botanique

Our second day as guests in Geneve was another beautiful sunshiny day and we were keen to make the most of it and do something fun before saying goodbye and carrying on our journey through France. With van and pick-up loaded we headed into town, down to Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) ready to give paddle…

Eur ’19 | Fort l’Ecluse in the Sunshine

In order to give ourselves a little bit of direction during this trip we decided to make our half way point a visit to see my brother and his wife. They live just outside Geneva, on the French side of the border. The drive over the Jura Mountains was great – we had only ever…

Eur ’19 | The Vineyards of Arbois

Having spent the morning soaking up the sun and lounging by the River Loeue, our day had a later start than usual. Also, knowing we had to get to Geneva that evening, as we had planned to visit my brother for a couple of days, meant our stop off in Arbois was a quick one…

Eur ’19 | Besançon’s Historic Quarter

Away from the citadel and off to explore the rest of the city, we did our usual ambling through the streets enjoying the sites that we happened across. The Cathedral Saint Jean took us by surprise appearing before us as we absentmindedly wandered. The cathedral was built between 1127 and 1161, on the foundation of…

Eur ’19 | Besançon Citadel

One of the memorable things about our visit to Besançon is that it happened to coincide with our ten year anniversary – it’s always nice to spend special occasions discovering new places! After completing the usual task of finding a decent spot to leave the van for the day, we were soon trotting across a…

Eur ’19 | Vanning in Luxembourg!

We only spent a few days travelling through Luxembourg and so our vanning experience in this little gem of a country is limited. We continued the habit we had picked up in Belgium, visiting the attractions and towns/cities during the day and venturing out into the more rural areas to find a decent spot to…