A Busy British Month

Touring the UK has not been a priority for us but this year we seem to have spent a lot of time doing it. In the spring we wanted to get the motorhome up and running. Now here we are in the fall spending a month here for some other obligations.

The Little Country of Luxembourg

It cannot be overstated how little we knew about the country of Luxembourg. We knew it was often grouped with Belgium and The Netherlands to make up the BeNeLux countries. Growing up in the 1970s we often heard the scratchy, crackly tones of Radio Luxembourg that used to broadcast music late at night. Yep… that’s about it. As we headed there from our last stop in Germany we actually admitted to each other that we didn’t even know what language they speak.

The Marvellous River Moselle

What do I know about German wine? Hmm, let's see… I don't see it on restaurant menus very often, it's maybe ok to pair with spicy food, it's probably not very good. Clearly, I don't know very much. What I’m sure of is that the thought of German wine doesn't make my heart beat with the same ferocity as an Italian, French or Spanish one and I don't think I'm alone. As someone who came of drinking age in the 80s it is fair to say my first experience of wine was probably a sickly Liebfraumilch. It's a wonder I ever turned to wine drinking again. Is my perception German wine fair? It could be that the curse of the Blue Nun was clouding my judgment. It was time to revisit my preconceptions as we took a trip in our motorhome in one of Germany's most famed wine regions; the Moselle Valley

The Sunny German Seaside

When you think of Germany, images of castles, mountains, beer, bratwurst and pretzels probably come into your head; you rarely think of beaches. A lot of Germany is surrounded by land, in fact three sides have only land borders and even the coast on the northern border is interrupted where pesky Denmark is attached to it. So it’s not surprising that sandcastles and Germany don’t seem connected in the brain.

Our Hanseatic City Tour to Bremen, Hamburg and Lübeck

Our plans in Germany were loose to say the least. We wanted to explore a few less well traveled areas, at least to non-German tourists, knowing that we could head to some of the more world-famous areas on future visits. We decided to head up to the Baltic coast to see what the German seaside was all about but we checked out at a few historic cities along the way.

What Giethoorn has in common with Hong Kong, Tokyo, Moscow and London

It was our last week in the Netherlands, at least for now, and were happy to put Amsterdam firmly in our rear view mirror and find a little more to love about this country. We headed just a couple of hours further east into the province of Overjissel and found ourselves in the idyllic town of Giethoorn. Also a well traveled location but the perfect antidote to the tourist hell of the capital.

Glorious Zeeland - Sunshine, Mussels and Lots of Cycling in The Netherlands

After our Belgian travels we crossed the border into The Netherlands and headed west, then a bit more west, and then even more west. We were heading for Zeeland, the westernmost and least populous province of the Netherlands. Zeeland translates to- yep you guessed it - Sealand, and looking at the map it's easy to see why. Islands, peninsulas, coastline and altogether a lot of water everywhere. In fact almost 40% of the area of Zeeland is water.

Avoiding Crowds (and Children) in Belgium

After our stop in Ypres, we decided to slowly make our way up through Belgium to The Netherlands. Our original plan had been to head up along the Belgian coast. After some thought we decided that, being August, the possibility of running into lots of small humans during their school holidays was way too high. Given our aversion to little screaming birth units we changed our plans and went up through the center of the country instead.

Our First Stop in Belgium Brought Us to Tears - Ypres

We had reservations on a midday ferry from Dover to Dunkirk, the perfect route to take us to Belgium and our first stop; the town of Ieper (More commonly called by its French name, Ypres). It felt great to be back on the right side of the road and the motorhome seemed to like it too.  At last Iain can see what's coming at a roundabout without having to rely on me craning my neck to tell him. 

Some Cumbrian Wanderings in Our Motorhome

The Lake District in the UK is one of England's most scenic areas. We've visited a few times before and always admired the rolling hills, beautiful scenery and fantastic culinary offerings. Visiting now in our motorhome gave us more time to get to know Cumbria's lesser known areas and roam to a couple of unexplored corners of this beautiful county.

The US vs UK Motorhome Glossary - Two Countries Divided by a Common Language

We are used to the idea that the US and UK have different words for the same thing. When we moved to The States we had to learn a whole new vocabulary. Ask any British person about their first time buying bed sheets in Bed, Bath and Beyond and they'll tell you what a humbling experience it was. Well the same goes for motorhoming/camping or whatever you call this thing we are doing around Europe.

Exploring the Peak District in Our Motorhome

Growing up in the UK, I often heard people talk about the Peak District. They would do worthy things there like biking and rambling. They would wear waterproof clothes and woolly hats. I am sure that there would have been real ale drinking along with some pie consumption. I knew it was one of "those kinds of places" but I couldn't have pointed to it on a map. It was a perfect fit for our first proper travel in our new motorhome.

Our Summer Travel Plans

For over three weeks we have been in Meriden, in the dead center of England, at the lovely Somers Wood campground. There has been a whole lot of getting ourselves settled in the motorhome with many trips to hardware stores and Ikea but we finally felt ready to start actually doing what we came here for..... EXPLORING!