With Victor the van finally able to move again, we set off to the beautiful port of La Rochelle, which was a two hour drive away from Chauvigny and where we agreed to meet up with our new French friends for a drink! With our hearts in our mouths and fingers firmly crossed, we drove … Continue reading Breaking Down In France (Part 2)
When you are travelling in a van, let's face it, you are bound to break down. It's part of the journey and the adventure. We had our first (and I am sure it won't be the last) major van fail on our journey from Saint Savin to Poitiers. We were happily driving along a busy … Continue reading Breaking Down In France (Part 1)
I realised that I never actually told our story from last month where we accidentally ended up having to look after a hound for a day. So this is me relating the story and hopefully it will help other people who come across a dog in France (if so scroll down to see our advice). … Continue reading Rescuing A Dog In France
There are two parts to Boulogne: the old town and the new town. The old town with its imposing basilica and the town's museum was where we headed straight away. Big stone ramparts separated the old from the new, and the divide between them were stark. Newer Boulogne was mostly grey and ugly... Whereas the … Continue reading The Crypts of Boulogne, France
Ok, so before you think I'm delusional - I'm not going to be talking about the mess of politics and the general state of the world in 2017. 'Cause let's face it, if we're going to talk more widely, then 2017 was awful. What 2018 needs is a gentle reminder that not everything has to … Continue reading 2017 Was The Best Year
Myself and Ross decided early on that since we left England in November, we wouldn't turn around and go home for Christmas. Instead, we'd do Christmas just the two of us, in our van. We have no fixed schedule for where we travel, or when, so we weren't sure where we would even be when … Continue reading Our Christmas Chalet
So today has been the strangest Christmas of our lives. Nothing amazing happened, except that it's mine and Ross' very first Christmas together and we've been staying in a little chalet in Asserac, France. Instead of our usual Christmas days spent with our respective families back home, it's just us and Yogi the cat celebrating … Continue reading Our Christmas Day in France!
So it has been exactly 31 days since we arrived in Dunkirk on the ferry at 4am: two English zombies spending their first night alone in the van. It feels like longer than a month and I know I have grown up so much. My partner Ross has been the perfect companion for our van … Continue reading A Month Living In A Van
The Parc de Marquenterre is a nature reserve on the Bay of the Somme (Baie de la Somme), known for its many birds that congregate on its lakes and wetlands. Since Ross is a passionate bird man and a member of the wonderful RSPB in England, it was inevitable that we'd end up at several … Continue reading A Flamingo In Northern France?!
If there's one thing any English person interested in history should see in France, it is the Bayeux Tapestry, conveniently still located in Bayeux, Normandy. The Bayeux Tapestry is a piece of propaganda featuring William the Conqueror's "side of the story" in the lead up to his involvement in The Battle of Hastings in 1066. … Continue reading Funniest 5 Parts of The Bayeux Tapestry