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Murano & Burano | Italy

Murano and Burano are two smaller islands that are part of the Venice archipelago and historically, Morano is where the glass-blowing factories are located and Burano was where the fishermen lived. Because of this, they are both much simpler in terms of architecture, the working class neighourhoods, so to speak, and quite a contrast to the sumptuous regality of Venice proper. Burano in particular is very pretty and colourful and, to our relief, much less crowded. People actually still live here, the fountains have water, the pace is much more laid-back and we spent a blissful afternoon wandering the tiny lanes…

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Venice | Italy

Venice is one of those places that I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with. It´s Venice, there is literally no other place in the world like it, it´s breathtakingly beautiful and so unique that you can´t help but feel the love… but so completely overcrowded and expensive and badly managed that it dulls the shine of the city a bit. But Venice is Venice, and as this was my 3rd time here we were prepared for the madness, sort-of. I don´t think that these images do much to convey the intensity of the tourism here because we did everything…

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Northern Italian Lakes

After leaving the French Alps we wandered around the lakes of northern Italy… Maggiore, Como, Orta and Lugano. Lake Lugano shares its shoreline with Switzerland so in the name of in-depth exploration we crossed the border, only to be shocked at how expensive it is there… and when an crotchety old man with more money than brains reversed his (very expensive) car into our van and then just drove off without checking to see what he´d damaged, we thought that we should really rather get back to Italy, where people are just as likely to reverse into you but at least…

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French Alps

The French Alps was interesting for a variety of reasons… first off, because the entire time we were in France, the Football world cup was on and by the time we got to the final, Portugal against… wait for it… FRANCE, while we were in France, you can imagine that the locals were somewhat ambiguous about us being Portuguese. Before we wiped the floor with them, the French were polite but quite smug in their convictions that their team would beat the Portuguese. But then, they didn´t… and their smug politeness vanished into thin air. So we decided to head…

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Dordogne | France

After Mirepoix, we made a bee-line north towards the Dordogne region for my best friends wedding, which was a week long celebration of friends and family with much food, even more beer, and open campfires every night. We parked the van under a shady tree and didn´t move for a week, which felt amazing. We also did about 14 loads of laundry, first time we´d washed our sheets since leaving Portugal (shocking but true) which felt more than amazing. Many thanks to the very kind and long-suffering Wendy from Quirky Camping, who I´m sure didn´t realise quite how much laundry…

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Mirepoix | France

After San Sebastian, we crossed the border on the coast and then turned inland, following the foothills of the Pyrenees to the town of Mirepoix… a place we´d never heard of and wouldn´t have even considered visiting if it weren´t for the fact that a friend of ours lives there. But as is always the case when on the road, these spontaneous itinerary changes are what make travelling fun and we´re really glad to have discovered such a pretty part of France, with her lakes and mountains and medieval towns. And the markets, the French win at farmers markets! Everything is…

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San Sebastian | Spain

San Sebastian, or Donostia, is another city that we had previously visited but we spent a few days here on our trip because: pintxos. The Spanish lay claim to tapas but the Basques take it to a whole other level with their version: bigger, tastier and far more inventive than mere tapas, pintxos are more than just a pre-dinner snack or accompaniment to a few drinks. Pintxos eating is a huge part of the local culture and a social event in itself. Food is life in the Basque country, so we definitely weren´ t going to skip through town without eating as…

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Bilbao | Spain

So! After a 6 month hiatus on the blog, and almost a year after we set off on our European Van Voyager Adventure (how can it be that it´s been almost a year!!!) I have finally gotten (most) of my ducks in a  row and have some photos to share and stories to tell about our travels. And an adventure it was! We knew, going into this, that we would have stressful days, that the van would break down and that our (incredibly limited) knowledge on mechanics and electrics would be challenged on a regular basis… all of which happened,…

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Extremadura | Spain

It´s been so long since I last published something here that I´m almost embarrassed to share these images with you, from a few months ago in Spain. We have been on the road now for 4 months and I´m currently sitting in Croatia with a pretty decent internet connection, which is SUCH a luxury you can´t even imagine. By far, the trickiest part of this whole digital nomad lifestyle is the “digital” bit… getting online has been way tougher than expected and when we do get internet, there are a million other things to sort out so my blog unfortunately…

The Van Voyagers – on the road

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you will already know about our latest (and so far, greatest) adventure… we are currently travelling though Europe in a camper van. We are planning on being on the road until the end of the year and will be visiting Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Greece and possibly a few other spots, if we have the time (and/or the budget) and depending on the recommendations we get while on the road. We have been planning and dreaming and saving hard for this trip for almost 3 years and are super excited…