When I came out to Switzerland back in December I was resigned to the fact that I would not be seeing my van until at least April and that it was safely immobile at the mechanics. After breaking down in October in Sweden and then waiting for a month for the broken vehicle to slowly … More Back on the road and poo free
All the highlights from three months of driving through nine of Europe’s most beautiful countries!
So happy that after four months the van has travelled back from Sweden, had a new gear box and clutch fitted and is back on the road! Driving it back from the mechanics was a great feeling. Unfortunately, a family of mice had made Fanny their home and had made a bit of a mess, … More THE VAN IS BACK!
Stockholm is the urban jewel in the wonderous Scandinavian crown polished with outstandingly beautiful buildings perched atop of idyllic islands forming an extraordinary archipelago rich with history, culture and naturally stunning scenery. The unique layout ofthe Swedish capital gifts the city a charming atmosphere that blends its aqueous roots with its absorbing modernisation. Island hopping … More Europe 2018- #18- Stockholm Shocker
Sometimes, extraordinarily rarely, the van is required to change into a taxi and chauffeur passengers to their desired destination. It always seems an incredibly strange choice to pick a forty-year old bus as the vehicle to trust to get someone from A to B but in some strange circumstances it is the only way. This … More Europe 2018- #17- ‘Stockholm’ Vasteras ‘Aiport’
Ferries are my least favourite mode of transport. The nine hour crossing to Sweden was as mind numbing as any with the only entertainment on offer being bingo to distract us from the fake wifi. This is the type of WiFi’s that fools you into believing it will work with its full strength signal and … More Europe 2018- #16- Sweden
It’s happened again. A miserable week of breakdowns and speeding fines has ended with a transmission issue that will be the nail in the coffin of this road trip. Unable to put the van in gear, this breakdown has demobilised Fanny and her way home now is on the back of a lorry. After a … More Europe 2018- End of the van
Whilst out on the road we’ve stayed in a variety of wonderful places, from viewpoints at the top of mountains to shorelines of lakes and seas. When we neared the top of Poland we didn’t have anywhere particular in mind for overnight stops so went out on a whim. This happens more often than not … More Europe 2018- #15- Gdansk
The sound of Fanny’s engine firing into life this morning was as enjoyable as it was relieving and after being stranded at a mechanics all night the resonating revs signified that I could continue the trip and head back to Sweden. With the troubles of the last day behind me I was in a pretty … More Europe 2018- it just got worse