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 | Cote d’Opale and home

The rain of the previous day was nothing but a distant memory when we awoke to another beautiful sunshiny day. Unfortunately, it was home time and this (our final day) needed to end in Calais where we would be hopping on a ferry and sailing back across the Channel. But despite our trip coming to…

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 | 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…