Eur ’19 | Vanning in France!

Our time driving through France was cut in two by a couple of days spent in and around Geneva. The first part we were heading south, crossing the border out of Luxembourg and driving down through places like Besançon and Arbois. The second part, starting in the Jura Mountains, saw us drive northeast to Calais,…

Eur’19 | Amiens – Cathedral, stationary, pie!

Amiens was probably the place during our trip where we did the least. It was a rainy day, we didn’t arrive until gone midday and we were both feeling pretty lethargic – excuses, excuses! The rain came in waves, the puddles in the gutters forming and dissipating with each coming. The grey stone flags of…

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 | 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 Les Chateaux des Luxembourg!

We spent a couple of days driving through the tiny mass of Luxembourg, a beautiful little emerald of rolling hills and sweeping forests. And, nestled amongst the undulations – chateaux! Beautiful castles that appear as though out of fairy tale. Propped atop hills, overlooking quaint towns and nestled in valley dips, they are delightfully picturesque…

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 | Rochehaut, The Belgian Ardennes

Our journey so far had taken us through Southern Belgium, and approaching the Ardennes offered a subtle transition in scenery. From endless flat fields, intersected by canals we now found ourselves in rolling hills, tree clad with huge meandering river bends. The land looked like an emerald stretched out before us, the various shades of…

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,…