Chateaus, crepes and cliffs in northern France

We tried to stop at the Loir Valley to see some chateaus but the rain was making it miserable with a grey haze blocking the views. But after four days in France we finally had some sunshine so we headed to Château de Saint-Germain-de-Livet, said to be one of the finest chateaus in the Normandy…

Driving through France and a strange encounter with the police

We’ve given ourselves 6 day’s to drive through France to catch our ferry back to England. We’d of liked to of spent longer in Spain but alas the rules after Brexit mean we’re limited to 90 day’s. The border crossing was a breeze and we just drove straight though to the French side. We had…

Exploring the Baztan Valley | Spain

The Baztan valley is a stunning region in northern Spain with rolling hills, lush pastures, livestock and quaint villages. It’s an area we’ve driven through before but we didn’t stop to explore so this time I planned some hikes. We’re in the midst of a cold snap, it’s unseasonably cold for April but the good…

Vanlife and snowstorms in the Spanish Pyrenees

We left the high mountains of the Pyrenees and followed a hilly route through the countryside past tiny villages. We wanted to spend longer in the mountains but the temperatures due to drastically drop over the next couple of days down to -10° so we reluctantly drove south west with the big snowy peaks becoming…

Blue rivers, boat trips and mountain shrines | Aragon, Spain

The village of Ainsa is known as being the gateway to the Pyrenees and it was quickly added to my list of places I wanted to explore. The Rio Cinca has been dammed south of Ainsa which has created a series of beautiful lakes which is where we were heading. As we drove through the…

Cave dwellings and the Spanish desert

A lot of people don’t realise that southern Spain has some huge mountains and ski resorts. You can spend the morning sunbathing at the beach, drive an hour and then go snowboarding in the mountains. We would normally aim for these places to go hiking but the roads into the Sierra Nevada mountains all looked…

Wild west towns, sunsets and flamingoes | Andalucia, Spain

We ended up spending a lot longer than expected in northern Spain. The weather was treating us well with crisp blue skies but frigidly cold nights so after four weeks we decided it was time for us to bask in the warmer south. We had about a week travelling through inland Spain before we finally…

Explosions and red rivers at the Rio Tinto Mines | Spain

The Rio Tinto mines are said to be some of the oldest in the world with a history dating back 5000 years. It wasn’t so much the mines that drew me to the area but the colour of the landscape from the mineral rich soil. Our first stop was as the road cut between two…

From the mountains to the coast | Exploring Asturias, Spain

As we left the high mountains we descended into a series of deep canyons and rocky tunnels, driving alongside the Senda Del Oso, which translates to Bear’s Path. It’s a popular cycle route along an old mining rail line and it leads to an enclosure with two Cantabrian brown bears who were recovered from poachers…