European Roadtrip #3: Travels in a Red Pig

In March this year, my husband and I drove down to Italy in our camper van (the van is affectionately known as The Red Pig).  We saw bits of France and Belgium on the way there and back.  As you can see, the weather was pleasant most of the time, and lots of places were completely deserted.

Going out of season was great, as it cut out queues at nearly all the museums.  It also allowed us to pull up and snooze in the van more or less wherever we liked.  Below are some iPhone snaps I took en route.

 

The city walls at Boulogne Sur Mer

The city walls at Boulogne Sur Mer

Tournus, Burgundy

Tournus, Burgundy

The banks of the Saone, Burgundy at sunrise

The banks of the Saone, Burgundy at sunrise

The Ardeche gorge, central France

The Ardeche gorge, central France

The picturesque Provencale village of  Gordes

The picturesque Provencale village of Gordes

Lavender fields in Provence

Lavender fields in Provence

The Verdon Gorge

The Verdon Gorge

Lac de Saine Croix, Verdon Gorge, France

Lac de Saine Croix, Verdon Gorge, France

A bit of the old vin rouge

A bit of the old vin rouge

The Verdon Gorge

The Verdon Gorge

It was a bit chilly at that altitude

It was a bit chilly at that altitude

Alpine villages in the Alpes Maritimes

Alpine villages in the Alpes Maritimes

Overlooking Antibes in the French Riviera

Overlooking Antibes in the French Riviera

If you can't afford a yacht, you can always walk around the port in a stripy jumper instead!

If you can’t afford a yacht, you can always walk around the port in a stripy jumper instead!

Villefranche Sur Mer from above

Villefranche Sur Mer from above

 

 

The aptly named Beaulieu (trans = beautiful place)

The aptly named Beaulieu (trans = beautiful place)

Dolceacqua, Liguria

Dolceacqua, Liguria

The benefits of travelling out of season - Beachside sleeping spot in Cinque Terra

The benefits of travelling out of season – Beachside sleeping spot in Cinque Terra

One of the ports of the Cinque Terra, Italy

One of the ports of the Cinque Terra, Italy

The pretty streets of Cinque Terra

The pretty streets of Cinque Terra

Some flowers and me!

Some flowers and me!

The Etruscan tombs of Tarquinia

The Etruscan tombs of Tarquinia

Rome

Rome

The Vatican

The Vatican

The Pantheon - Europe's oldest church

The Pantheon – Europe’s oldest church

Beautiful Piazza Navona

Beautiful Piazza Navona

Inside the Vatican

Inside the Vatican

Inside the Vatican again

Inside the Vatican again

Monte Cassino - another WW2 battlefield

Monte Cassino – another WW2 battlefield

The view from Monte Cassino

The view from Monte Cassino

The deserted beaches around Baia Domizia, near Naples

The deserted beaches around Baia Domizia, near Naples

The Redpig sees Capri, but mercifully doesn't die

The Redpig sees Capri, but mercifully doesn’t die

The Amalfi coast

The Amalfi coast

The Ancient Greek colony of Paestum, Campania

The Ancient Greek colony of Paestum, Campania

The beaches at Salerno.  WW2  happened here, apparently

The beaches at Salerno. WW2 happened here, apparently

The Redpig chillin on the beach

The Redpig chillin on the beach

Yet more deserted beaches.  Italians don't favour beaches in winter, it seems

Yet more deserted beaches. Italians don’t favour beaches in winter, it seems

Yet more beautiful deserted beaches

Yet more beautiful deserted beaches

Assisi, home to St Francis and St Clare

Assisi, home to St Francis and St Clare

The view from Assisi

The view from Assisi

Kids play football in the square outside the church of Santa Chiara, Assisi

Kids play football in the square outside the church of Santa Chiara, Assisi

Chasing the route of Hannibal's  Elephants at Lake Trasimeno

Chasing the route of Hannibal’s Elephants at Lake Trasimeno

 

Chianti, formaggio and focaccia in Tuscany.  Basically, heaven.

Chianti, formaggio and focaccia in Tuscany. Basically, heaven.

 

Florence by night

Florence by night

 

...and day

…and day

 

Lake Annecy.  When I retire, just drop me here, please

Lake Annecy. When I retire, just drop me here, please

 

The town of Annecy.  Check out how clear the water is

The town of Annecy. Check out how clear the water is

 

The fort at Verdun, a site of WW1 stuff

The fort at Verdun, a site of WW1 stuff

 

Trenches at Vimy Ridge

Trenches at Vimy Ridge

 

Beautiful Bergues

Beautiful Bergues

 

If you've seen the film, Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis, you'll know why this is pure comedy gold.

If you’ve seen the film, Bienvenue Chez Les Ch’tis, you’ll know why this is pure comedy gold.

 

Yet more proof that Nord Pas De Calais has at least some refinement

Yet more proof that Nord Pas De Calais has at least some refinement


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3 responses to “European Roadtrip #3: Travels in a Red Pig”

  1. swanview says :

    Looks like it was a great trip. Was it still warmer than here in most places except high up of course? It looks pretty peaceful.

    • kerrysmallman says :

      It was pretty good at the start of the holiday – around 22 degrees in Lyon and Provence. Then there was a bit of a cold snap and a fair few hail storms around Naples! It was still about 15 degrees, though.

      We didn’t fancy swimming in the sea, but it would have been possible once the sun was out.

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