Roadtrip #5 (France Part 1) – Overview
(Taste of France – Part 1)
Ever wanted to pack your bags, just jump in a motorhome and go off and explore Europe as a family? Well, that’s exactly what we (Catherine, Richard, Lottie & Libby) have done since September 2015.
A normal family just on an extra-ordinary adventure, so here’s the start of a new adventure into France to embrace all things French for a month!
Long story short
How did it all start….
We’re just a normal family of 4 (& a dog) but when kayaking the Dordogne in July 2015, a switch just flipped! Life’s too short, we needed to ‘live’ not ‘exist’ So we’ve taken up a ‘once in a lifetime’ family opportunity!
So here’s the first steps onto a roadtrip adventure that’s now over 700+ days old and includes visits to over 30+ European Countries….
INTERACTIVE ROUTEMAP (WESTERN EUROPE)
Days On Road
Cost Per Day (4 people)
Could you do it with your family?
Picture this. All your belongings safely stowed in the back of your motorhome. Imagine you sitting in the drivers seat, with the kids in the back, ready and raring to go for yet another family adventure in your trusty motorhome. The chance to discover amazing people, places, food and adventures across Europe. All for under £48/day (average in 2017) or £17,000/year.
Use our experiences to Help You
Hopefully you’ll find plenty to inspire and help you on your journey, but please shout if we can ever be of help… just drop us a line and we’ll get back as soon as we can get wifi signal!!!
We hope you enjoy these Route Specific Blog Posts below but if you have a Question, we'd be happy to help you
As we said in the last kayaking blog, we started this family adventure around Europewanting to finish every opportunity - not leave things half done! o we headed back to the 'Périgord Noir' to complete our last remaining section with Canoes...read more
he Dordogne is a classic French beauty that is hard to match... in fact it's easier to see why the Lonely Planet recently voted it the 4th best destination across Europe. With impressively steep gorges, gorgeous cliff top towns and an...read more
After enjoying the rugged landscapes of the Dordogne, basking on the beautiful beaches of the Charente-Maritime and taking in the spectacular scenery and historic buildings of the Loire Valley, We've decided there really is something for everyone to enjoy...read more
One of the best aspects to motorhoming in France is the chance to find brand new experiences each day. So parking up for the night close to the Loire, we found ourselves only a short walk through the forest (along a bike path) to Chateau de Chenonceau... perhaps the...read more
Altogether a different proposition to the better known Loire & Dordogne valleys, the Creuse still holds more than its share of amazing vistas and opportunities for family fun… Plus it's brilliantly easy to find easy to find, cheap aires beside the riverbanks for...read more
Following our visit to the sun drenched paradise that was Ile de Re… we’ve ventured inland on our way to the River Creuse following a tip off about this unlikely ‘jewel’ in central France’s crown… But not before visiting the 'Green Venice' at Coulon. A great place to...read more
For those that love a decent bike ride, then you've picked the right place if you come to Ile de Re in France...Granted it's got no hills to race down like Flam, or the stunning hill top scenery of Bahira... but what it lacks there, it more than makes up for...read more
For those that follow our blog closely, you'll know just how much LifeinourVan love a decent coastline.... Ile de Re's chic Parisian style matches the white houses, colourful shutters and miles of glorious beaches... In fact it's that good we decided it made our '5...read more
Following an adventurous last few days, its been great to get back to exploring new places.... making our visit to Chateau de Beynac so much fun with our 'Quest to find the Missing Treasure'.... using a simple treasure hunt to make 'learning history fun'.......read more
The Dordogne is a classic French beauty that is hard to match... in fact it's easier to see why the Lonely Planet recently voted it the 4th best destination across Europe. ith impressively steep gorges, gorgeous cliff top towns and an...read more
t's been almost a year to the day since we were enjoying a chance to kayak the wonderful River Dordogne in the south of France. Deciding to make a decision that would change our families lives forever... So it proved to be a thought provoking day...read more
Arcachon really is proving the perfect place for some outdoor adventures, perhaps rivalling that of Voss or Eidfjord… family favourites from our recent visit to Scandinavia that offered more than their fair share of adrenaline opportunities…Check out why we loved it...read more
Besides all the family adventures and fun filled days, there are as many opportunities to immerse ourselves in the differing cultures and histories of the places we’ve visited. As both girls have been homeschooled across this ‘Year in Europe’, we’ve amassed a number...read more
Lying some 65km south west of Bordeaux,it’s hard to exaggerate the sheer enormity of ‘Dune du Pilat’… at some 114m above sea level, it is Europe’s highest sand dune and it’s still growing!! Spreading over 4.5m eastwards each year. It's a special European landmark not...read more
With a little time on our hands as we enjoy a restful day in the Arcachon basin ... we've struck 'gold' with our little aire at 'La Coccinelle'. A truly brilliant aire that just reinforces how enjoyable family motorhoming can be if you get the right site. It has...read more