We’ve been home just over a month now and it’s time to reflect on what was the trip of a lifetime. The caravan has been cleaned inside and out ready for its next trip, washing done and we’re back at work, back to the daily grind.
Our 50 days for our 50th was the best birthday present we could’ve had.
We visited 6 countries, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy and France. We enjoyed visiting each country for different reasons.
The architecture of Bruges in Belgium, the tree lined roads and of course the ‘to die for’ waffles that gave me the biggest sugar rush ever.
Cycling in The Netherlands is second to non, with the highlight of being able to ride into Amsterdam. Wanting to sit and watch the world go by and finding ourselves passively smoking from the Coffee Shop next door. Spending a lovely evening with our old neighbours, Sam and Marcel, great food, prossecco and lots of laughter.
Austria gave us spectacular views, mountains and a splash of crystals at Swarovski.
Italy offered more mountains and tunnels. I think every trip out involved a tunnel or two. This is where the sun started heating up and we dipped our toes in the sea. Our first taste of Aperol Spritz and little bowls of olives in bars.
France, good old France never fails to amaze. Gorges the size we’d never seen. Pretty little villages, bridges, monasteries and cheap wine, expensive beer and no little bowls of olives.
In total we stayed on 13 sites, all very different to each other. At the side of lakes, nestled in the countryside, on top of mountains, in the depths of woodland and on the Mediterranean coast. Our total cost of site fees was €949 for 50 nights. We’d budgeted €20 per night so saved a little bit there. We towed for a total of 2636 miles with a total of 3726 driving miles altogether. We have no idea how many miles we cycled, I wish we’d tracked that too, next time… Will there be a next time? I blooming hope so! I’d do every mile and every site again. But, next time we will track our cycled miles. Next time, I want to go for longer, next time I want to do different regions, different countries. I don’t want to feel rushed into moving onto the next stop because we have a deadline date to catch a train home. By the stars, we need to retire! How long have we got left to work…