|Dates:||19 Oct 2017 - 18 Jan 2018|
Our Europe road trip
Staying at the camper shop place for two nights outside the city
Driving tour of the city
After getting rescued we visited the protected marshlands but didn’t venture all the way to the end for fear of getting stuck again!
Stuck in the mud, after failed attempts to dig ourselves out in the rain last night...
Driving by beautiful Mt Olymbos
Mac n cheese cooking stop
After two roads being closed for snow we are now in a town near meteora
Very beautiful snowy and rainy drive through windy mountain roads
Ikea hot dog stop! 🌭🍟🥤
Visiting the Oracle
Checked into a lovely little place
Taking a beautiful route through the mountains
Arrived in Greece 🇬🇷 and leaving our lovely cabin behind
Time for the next ferry ⛴
Nap time for a sick Louis in McDonald’s car park
We found the pretty bit of the coast 😃
Beach route, slightly spoiled by an ugly train track
An abandoned mall but with three shops still open, very bizarre!
Parking near a little cabin community with cabin post office police station etc (we assume relocated from the earthquake)
Clearly been a big weather incident as every road was closed and covered in boulders! I was official boulder remover but then they got too big!
Driving through the national park
Quick stop in Spoleto
Parked with lots of other campers
After 20 hours and no sleep (for me anyway, Louis slept like a baby) we are in a dark and rainy Italy 🇮🇹
After just over a month we are now leaving Spain
Walking to Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor, amazing views from Jesus’ feet at the top
Arrived in Barcelona
Late night arrival at a quiet side street to sleep after eating and WiFi working at KFC
Driving through desert and snow at the same time, quite bizarre!
Leaving Ourense 😞 it’s been snowing further east (bad pic due to only having selfie mode)
Back in Ourense and we caught a fab firework display over the river Mino
Trip back to the Roman Thermas at Bande (pic from sunrise on our previous visit)
Back in Ourense - indoor van repairs, games night and champagne in the van for New Year’s Day
No good for us but beautiful valley area similar to our first fav place in Spain - we had a bit of a worry we would run out of petrol and get stuck there!
Back to our fav place from yesterday - given a guided tour by the owner but sadly not to be
City to stop for New Years - nice meal, bubbly and local tradition of grapes as the clock ticked down 🥂🍇
Property near Rubian - last one of the day and we really liked it
Hail storm, van damage, dead boar and very difficult roads to get to visit a mill
Late night arrival at abandoned hamlet - sleeping near by just off the road ready to hike tomorrow
Back in Spain night time driving by an amazing but way too good for us mill
Cata57 - the last of four properties visited in Portugal today. I had slipped over at the previous property and now my phone only does selfies!
Sleeping by the water tank and football field from the directions to the watermills
And back in Portugal again 🇵🇹
And back again
Back again but sadly this place wasn’t to be
Checked into our christmas home for three days 😀🎅🏻🎄🍾
Lakeside sleeping spot - awoke to the sound of motorbikes to find a tribe of Santa’s outside
A day of christmas shopping
Waking up at the slightly dried up lake, which we eventually made it to last night after having to go back for the insulation square I dropped out the van at a tiny bridge..
Cooking at a lovely but windy viewing spot
Lovely morning swimming laps in a proper pool 🏊♀️
Giant impressive mall - we stayed til it closed at midnight
A very cool ruin but stream dried up and trees devastated
And more searching - we liked these but so sad to see all the forest fire damage
More land hunting after visiting Betram - neither place was for us
Better late than never, I finally did some christmas decoration
Visiting riverside land and cooking there too in the sunshine
1st ice creams of the trip in the Portuguese heat!
Visiting a river side community with Mario and meeting Jessica
Entering Portugal 🇵🇹
Back in Ourense
Lovely place for sale and a really nice walk around the area
Second hot springs this time in the evening - so peaceful a pool to ourselves and so many stars
Parking near the Ourense hot springs ready to visit them the next morning
Amazing secluded beaches with not another person in sight - we went rock pooling and found crabs 🦀
Beautiful Galician coast line - so windy that we could barely walk in a straight line!
Staying overnight at some land ready to view it the next morning
Another day driving - finally arrived at our destination about 2.30 and found a mall to call home for a while
All day driving and then sleeping in a carpark - nothing exciting to report
Lovely evening exploring the castle, beautiful xmas markets and pizza dinner
Waking up in a McDonald’s car park just off the main road - only the finest sleeping spots for us!
Another city, another driving tour
Monaco! Shame the Grand Prix wasn’t on at the time
December in a t shirt!
Costal driving tour
Peaceful night in a private carpark after a long and bendy drive through the mountains
Quick sunset stop at lake garda
Driving through Italy to Verona
Tolmin gorge walking
Sampling the local cider and wine - 9 drinks cost €12.80!
Looking at local property - we liked this one!
Quiet evening in Tolmin
Took a long time to find going across some very steep bendy narrow roads but got there eventually!
Couldn’t get any further on the snowy roads so slept outside a village shop (after sampling their marble cake)
Louis made a friend
House hunting :)
Recovering after getting the van stuck up a mountain in the snow
Snowy waterfall hike
Took three attempts in the van just to get to the carpark through all the snow
Best chocolates! Sure the town was nice too, hard to see through all the snow!
Lake bled in a snow storm, not quite the emerald lake summer visitors see!
Arrived in Slovenia at night 🇸🇮 and camped at lake Jasna which was completely snow covered by the time we woke up
OBI 2 - the heating is now fixed!
OBI 1 first attempt to find the tools to fix the heating
Beautiful views on our drive through Austria
What a lovely place to sleep
Visiting Rach - xmas markets, hikes, sledging and krampus!
Driving tour of Salzburg
Camping by the crater lake
Sleeping at the Olympic pool
First snow driving and it was in the dark...!
First sighting of snow ❄️⛄️
Glühwein after exploring the city walls in the dark
Cooking tagliatelle at a bench rest stop on the romantic road
Lovely drive along the romantic route
New van mascot
Sleeping in a bakery carpark on route to Wurzburg after a very misty drive
Winter tire fitting!
Playing in the kids area at night in the awesome LuxOase campsite
Very exotic looking old tobacco factory near our car park home
Great hike - 877 steps on our way back to the top from the waterfall
Beautiful Dresden our home for nearly a week
Cooking at a motorway rest stop smoking hut! Mozzarella pasta yum
Visiting the Berlin wall
Night time driving tour of Berlin on route to our parking spot for the night - a graffiti covered area full of very old campers
Exploring the town including the famous gate and sampling the marzipan
Finally got our gas connections sorted - time for the first cooked meal of the trip - Thai green fish curry
Our new favourite shop - lots of time spent here sorting camping supplies
Nice town to spend an evening and morning - but wet and grey weather though
Sleeping spot by a very windy beach
Driving tour of The Hague which we much preferred to Rotterdam
Driving tour of Rotterdam - we decided not to stop
Learnt how this amazing construction stops flooding
A taste of home and they also had a monument in honour of our Royal Marines who helped free the town during the war
They were not lying, it was the best hit chocolate ever!!
View in the morning after our first nights sleep in the van. Allotments near a big park in Ostend
Jabs from a needle loving pharmacist
|Dates:||19 Oct 2017 - 18 Jan 2018|
Our Europe road trip