Back from the tour around south west Europe. We travelled around 5000 kilometres in May with the Jeep and everything went fine. Basically we did a tour around the Iberian Peninsula. Besides work, the goal was La Manga to visit a wedding of dear friends. Many different experiences, kind people and interesting weather – at first quite chilly and then still mild temperatures in the south was unexpected.

We stayed in different kinds of places, hotels, AirBnBs and we also did camping with the roof tent of the jeep.

Just to provide a short wrap-up of the locations we stayed:

From Germany we went via a small piece of Austria at Bodensee to Switzerland where we could travel fast and good to France where we stayed in Oyonnax just around the corner of Geneva. Next stop was on the other side of France at the Atlantic Ocean: Bordeaux. We stayed there for two nights to get a bit of an experience of this lovely city. Via Biarritz we moved on to northern Spain and stayed on a Camping ground near Santander where we also visited the Palacio de La Magdalena. Next stop was Santiage de Compostela, the place where pilgrims swarm to on the path of self-reflection. Then it was time to hit nature in northern Portugal where we stayed a couple of nights in a hut.

In Porto we checked out the vegan scene and walked around that very nice city. Via the highways 1 and 2 we went south to the Algarve and the southwest point of Europe near Sagres. We stayed at two locations at Algarve before we moved on to Cadiz, the oldest city of western Europe. In Almeria we had a short stop before staying at the wedding area of Cartagena and La Manga for a week including a short visit to Murcia.

Then it was time to drive back home via Barcelona, where we stayed for a night and did the walking tour. Andorra on the way to Carcassonne was quite interesting, however the building style did not meet our favours. In Carcassonne we discovered La Cite, an UNESCO world heritage site. On the way to a night in Aix-Les-Bains we checked out a single vegan eatery in the middle of meat world of southern France. From there it was straight back through Switzterland with a big traffic jam in Zurich and we were back home in Munich.



Normandy 2015

From Munich via Champagne and Paris to Normandy and then home at Eastern holidays.

First overnight stay: the romantic Chateau de Marjolaine
After more than 750 kilometers we arrived in the night at the Chateau and I had to fiddle the Jeep through the main gate for parking in front of the Chateau. The few rooms to rent are very nice and breakfast was really great and huge.

We had to do a little detour to the middle of Paris as I hadn’t tried the Jeep around Arc de Triomphe and was now able to do it. Have to admit it was quite easy and we went on to Normandy.

Chateau de Damigny, another beautiful place with great hosts and delicious breakfast was our base for four nights. It is located near Bayeux and a good starting point for trips to the beaches where the allied forces landed on D-Day.


Of course, the tourist must-see Mont-Saint-Michel. Regarding the Mont-Saint-Michel we were extremely lucky as the time was well pre-season and not too many tourists were visiting the place.


Also the famous Bayeux Tapestry was an amazing piece of history to enjoy, the audio tour is quite interesting.

The last stay in France was in Honfleur. A small old town house in the middle of the old city provided shelter for small excursions including a hike to the top and around the city of Honfleur.

The route back to Germany was via Belgium heading for the parent’s homes over Easter holiday. Also a short visit to Luxemburg was included.