With Christmas fading into the distance... the frosty mornings haven't! So what better way to spend a morning than grabbing the girls and heading out to enjoy Rockingham Forest with the one member of the 'LifeinourVan' family who doesn't always get on our trips (Tizzy our 3yr old Golden Labrador)....
Good news to start the New Year... As our newest Slovenia Article gets published in this month's MMM Magazine
So with Christmas festivities fading slowly into a haze of wrapping paper and half eaten mince pies.... we've left both excited girls scrabbling around over their new pressies to takea peek into our inbox... to find the good news that our most recent travel article has been published in January's edition.... In all honesty, we can't recommend Slovenia enough....
Having sped through the Northern Coast of Spain, before enjoying some wonderful chances to see French Christmas Markets in full flow (Bordeaux & Angers)... we've put the pedal down and made it back in time for Christmas in the UK.... just!!
Having loved seeing Angers by night, as we explored it's superb Christmas Market. A bright clear morning brough a great opportunity to get out and see what else we could explore in a morning before heading north towards a ferry back to the UK... and a family Christmas with the grandparents! Having loved exploring France this year, we've been amazed by the variety across their Chateaus & Castles - including Carcassonne, Azay Le Rideau, Chateau des Enigmes & Villandry... In fact articles like these were almost certainly the reason why we were so luck to get awarded 'Complete France' Magazine's Award for a place in the 'Top 6 Most Inspiring Travel Blogs about France'...
As we've hit the month of December, daily life in our motorhome has been taken over by non-stop Christmas Carols, daily opening of Advent Calendars and regular discussions on where best to buy Christmas presents when on a European Roadtrip (421 days today and counting!!!). Having loved seeing the Portuguese prepare for Christmas and 'Pai Natal's' arrival at Obidos.... where better to buy your Christmas presents than at a French Christmas Market!!
For those that may have followed our adventures in France, you'll know we always try to fit in as much as possible into every visit.. so with both girls full of energy to explore new places, we simply couldn't wait to add Bordeaux to our 'Taste of France' page... Ever since we were unbelievably lucky enough to get a place in Complete France's 'Top 6 Inspiring Blogs about France' we've tried hard to do this beautful country justice.... so if you're interested in seeing details of our 28 day circumnavigation of France , then read more here. But for those who want to find out what we learnt in Bordeaux, then let's go!!
If you've missed yesterday's article 'Learn 5 Things You Didn't Know about Bordeaux across the day' then you might want to read it first. Discover our first experience of this stunning city in the South West of France. Famed as much for its wine as it's architectureal beauty, it also houses one of the best public transport systems across Europe... perfect for searching the city for fun facts and experiences...
It's been a hectic dash eastwards as we head across the North of Spain for a chance to see Bordeaux before we return home for Christmas... although we've spent almost a decade visiting the Gironde each summer, we've never seen Bordeaux! So we're desperate to put that right now especially as the Christmas Markets are in full flow... both here in Bordeaux and further up the coast in Nantes and Angers.
Ever since we departed France back in early November from Lourdes, we've completed parts of the famous route of the pilgrims, the Camino de Santiago . Even stepping out to tread some of the pilgrims steps ourselves across the Pyrennes towards Spain, but then our travels took us south towards Valencia and then up through the beautiful country of Portugal... so it's been a brilliant experience to finally arrive at the inspiring Santiago de Compostela.
As any 'world schooler' or 'road schooling family' knows... you sometimes have to seize a moment and take the opportunity to make learning fun... so where better than the beach at Orbitur's Rio Alto campsite on a crisp, sunny morning in December! And a chance to discover some of the Science work we learnt in Da Vinci's museum in Florence, the Science Museum in Munich, Germany and more recently in Portugal's Science Centre in Lagos
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