Our family home school adventure has currently got us parked up in the campervan in Normandy, France. We have been lucky enough to be shown the sights by our friend Carl, who is a wealth of local knowledge and history. Carl invited us for a fun day with the ponies at his friend’s riding school, […]Read More Unschool Learning; Ponies, Dragons & Fairy Tales in Bagnoles-de-l’Orne, North France.
Our unschool family adventure in Normandy, began with hunting tanks. We figured as difficult as the concept of war is to talk about with young children we could not visit Normandy without taking the opportunity to learn about it. We visited the memorial de montormel museum, near Chambois. Showing the children the tanks, photos and […]Read More Unschool Learning, Tank Hunting & The Second World War in Normandy.
The thing I love most about travelling Europe in a campervan as a family is the random encounters with magical people. We never have a plan. We wait and see what each day offers. On New Year’s Eve we were driving around Normandy pondering how we wanted to celebrate the turning of the year. We […]Read More Campervan Family New Year’s Eve Party in Normandy; New Friends, Music and Mud Slides.
We landed in Normandy as a family in our campervan between Christmas and New Year, determined to travel south slow, save money and learn new skills. Winter is the perfect time for a campervan family to learn new skills. Even in the most southern parts of Europe living on the beaches or in the forest […]Read More Campervan Family Winter Volunteering in Normandy.
Big Family Celebrations have always been important to us so the idea of being away from home for Festive season was really tricky. We soon learned that Celebrations on the road can be really fun though, meeting new people, swapping traditions and trying out new ideas. For our first Christmas in the van we spent […]Read More Christmas Day in the Van
The main barrier to our Campervan travels before we set off was worry about money. Could we find ways to make money for survival on the road as we travelled? Would we have enough money for our family to live? What is a realistic travel budget? We saw lots of information online about solo travellers […]Read More 10 Euro a Day Family Travel Budget
We travelled from Brindisi in Italy to Igoumenitsa on the North Greece mainland coast with Grimaldi Lines. The crossing took eight hours, we opted for daytime setting off at 1.00pm as it was slightly cheaper but they do offer an over night. Our one-way tickets cost: €280.00 For 2 adults, 2 children, 1 dog and […]Read More Ferry Crossing from Italy to Greece, with Grimaldi Lines.
After a few days of driving on the roads in Greece we realised that a few of the road rules are different to the Western Countries of Europe. Firstly only 50% of motorcyclists seem to wear crash helmets, a lot seem to carry them on their arm as a token safety gesture instead. It also […]Read More Greece – Rules Of The Roundabout
We tend to give big cities a bit of a wide birth with our tribe of two under fives, puppy and a long wheelbase van to park, preferring wide open spaces and outdoor nature play. However when we heard Aveiro described as the Venice of Portugal we just couldn’t bring ourselves to drive past without […]Read More A Free Family Friendly Day Out In Aveiro, Portugal.
Mystical & tranquil, set high up on a hill surrounded by twisty cork oaks. It’s hard to believe that this ancient stone circle was created in 5000BC, a whole 2000 years before Stonehenge. Standing in the centre is like being surrounded by a circle of old friends. Access is completlely free, the stones can be […]Read More Portugal Standing Stones – Cromlech of the Almendres, Evora.