We had been planning this trip ever since we first purchased our little old van back in November. At the time we joked “wouldn't it be great to buy a camper together?” A week later we were driving Phoebe home, a slightly ugly but quirky classic camper. And so the joke became reality.
We brought the van on half a dozen trips down to Cornwall and she never missed a beat. Each journey inspiring more confidence in the ever increasing possibilities of a European road trip adventure.
We spent endless nights flicking through Pinterest and Instagram dreaming of the infinite possibilities, eventually narrowing it down to 42 destinations spread over 8 countries. Almost 4000 kilometres and an estimated 48 hours of driving. How long to do such a trip? A couple of months perhaps? Unfortunately just under three weeks. Were we mad? Probably, but we couldn't wait for the challenge.
Packing for the trip turned out to be a disaster. Checking the weather a week before the trip and not again till we were on the ferry was our first mistake. We mostly packed shorts and t-shirts as the forecast predicted high twenties! On the ferry the report read something very different - lows of minus eight degrees and snow for the week. Safe to say we were saved by our two-man sleeping bag and central heating.
Our journey was mind-bogglingly beautiful; every day brought a new obstacle and with it a new adventure. From the beautiful bustling city of Strasbourg to the Austrian town of Halstatt nestled high in the Alps. The weather, just like our trip was incredibly diverse. We basked in front of the emerald green Italian lake, Toblachersee and just two days before we had been snowed in with below freezing temperatures. Just us, our little camper and a pot of Baileys hot chocolate to keep us warm.
Our little old van did so well, wandering through so many mountains passes across so many countries. We couldn't believe her spirit. Perhaps though we had spoken too soon. On the homeward stretch, only 9 hours from home, the little van that can, no longer could. Just outside the Swiss town of Lake Lucerne she came to a halt. An abrupt end to our adventure but we wouldn't have changed a thing. So many countless memories from an epic European adventure.
We have arranged our book in a timeline, from start to finish so we can look back in years to come and remember just how it happened.
Hope you enjoy,
Megan & Paddy