After a very long stretch of work before Christmas in Kent UK, Harriet and I decided as we were so close to the Dover ferry port it made sense to take a quick four day trip over to Belgium to visit some Christmas markets and soak up a bit of pre Christmas spirit.
Belgium is one of those places that we have always driven through on our way to get somewhere in the past, so we thought it was about time we actually headed there to have a look at what it has to offer (other than some amazing beer of course).
We made Bruges our initial destination to relax for a couple of days and take in some art galleries, architecture, food (and beer) and then headed out into the countryside to visit some of the famous WW1 battle grounds and memorial sites.
The Memorial sites turned out to be quite a sobering and contemplative experience, which is a little different to the usual jovial Campervan Culture videos, but its all interesting stuff nonetheless.
Once we had finished our lunch in the sunshine we packed up and got on our way towards the border. We followed a winding road through hills and countryside, through a few towns eventually arriving at the Croatian border at Metlika.
Pulling up to the border things began to feel quite different to everywhere we had been so far. Buildings had a somewhat ramshackle feel to them and mixed with the lack of people around due to the time of year to say it felt a bit backwater would be an understatement. Continue reading →
At the end of 2011 we decided to take a winter holiday. We discussed a few different directions to head in but finally settled on heading down through Europe, but not the obvious Spain or Portugal.
After chatting with Jed and a few others about their experience of traveling in Slovenia and Croatia it was decided that we would follow suit and spend our winter as far down as we could get in the time allowed.
We had about 5 weeks to complete the mission (it would’ve been longer if i hadn’t discovered that my passport was missing before we left….but that’s another story). We planned ourselves a vague route starting from Dunkerque taking in some of Germany with our first stop in Innsbruck, Austria to visit some friends. From there we planned to drive into the Dolomite mountains in the North of Italy and across to Slovenia, then down into Croatia before heading back up into Slovenia, across the top of Italy into the French Alps for Christmas. Continue reading →