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 | 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 | 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…

Eur ’19 | Vanning in Belgium

Our first trip in the van to Belgium was most definitely a success and we will be heading back, even just as a beautiful stop off on the way to farther destinations. Belgium was actually our first experience of vanning outside of the UK and we didn’t know how locals elsewhere were going to react…

Eur ’19 | Mons, Belgium

Much like the other towns we visited in Belgium, Mons offered up some awesome history, but it also threw in a couple of extras to pique our interest. Namely, a modern take on belfry conservation and biblical style hail showers… in the middle of summer! We parked up on the outskirts of the city centre,…

Eur ’19 | Arriving in Dunkirk

The van was packed and ready to go and as soon as we finished work we were out of the Lake District and on the M6. We had flexible ferry tickets which gave us a three day window to catch a boat but we wanted to maximise our time away – ergo, not spend an…

The Trossachs | A Snowy Weekend

It has become a little tradition of ours to break away for a few days early in the year, usually when the weather is still cold and miserable, to the Trossachs National Park. It is an area we usually avoid during the rest of our Scotland wanderings due to the newly appointed camping management zones…