The idea of spending 6 months camper-vanning around Europe came about in the early 2000s.
The thought process developed along some broad principles.
A general overall route, with well-planned pockets joined together by vague and changeable links.
Our primary countries would be France, Italy and Spain
Southern Europe at the start and end with more northern parts during the hottest months.
We would try and get to see/follow some of the three European grand cycling tours (the Italian Giro in May, the Tour de France in July and the Spanish Vuelta end of Aug, Sept)
Ensuring we get a good mix of travelling but not spending all our time ….. travelling !!
Started with a list of favourite places we wanted to see/return to.
We looked at ‘Greatest 100’, ‘Best 500’ type articles online and added to our list.
Decided we would spend most time in Italy and added Switzerland (Germany) and eastern Adriatic to our countries list.
The current thinking is …
Ferry Poole to Cherbourg, probably Mon Apr 3rd.
Week travelling down to SW coast of France (popping into Mt. Saint Michel).
Week or so in Provence/French Riviera, see here for wish list.
Week or so travelling down Italy to Sicily, Italy wish list here.
Two weeks in Sicily.
May 9th. The Giro will be in Sicily. It and Ignatius will be cycling up Mount Etna (not at the same time!)
Week or so travelling back up Italy.
May 23rd. The Giro will be tackling the Stelvio pass.
Two/Three weeks travelling down the east Adriatic coast, see here for wish list.
Ferry from Bar in Montenegro to Bari in Italy.
Back up Italy to the Alps (hopefully we’ll have done most of what we what to do in Italy by then)
Bit vague here but during July early Aug we would like to fit in our Alps, Switzerland, Germany wish list, see here, Tour de France and a brief return to Britain for Fionn’s graduation.
Second week in Aug, hopefully Ignatius cycling and Kath walking in the Alps with some ‘visitors’ from the UK.
The rest is even vaguer. About seven weeks left from mid-Aug to first week in Oct (our end date). Hope to mop up anything left on our Alps/French wish list and head off to Spain (and the Vuelta).
I’m sure more detail will be added before we depart!