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 | 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 | 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 | Luxembourg City

Whilst vanning is perfectly suited to rural areas, there is no doubt that when travelling we want to stop in and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the cities and towns we meander past. Luxembourg City was no exception, and luckily for us there was a super convenient car park, just €1 per hour and…

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 | 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 | Tournai, Belgium

Tournai was another flying visit, and an impromptu one at that! We had no intention of stopping at this town as we made our way across Belgium, however on our approach we saw the five impressive spires of the cathedral and we ignored the route we should have been taking and headed straight into the…

Eur ’19 | Kortrijk, Belgium

For us, Kortrijk was a flying visit – spending a few hours meandering around the city centre, enjoying a few of the sites and eating some rather delicious ice cream! I have to admit, whilst we were driving in, making our way through the slightly run down looking areas of the town we wondered whether…