Our trip started in London we set off and drove down to catch a ferry to the top of France. Our first stop was Paris, we spent one night on the side of the road then arrived the next day. We only spent the day there to see the Eiffel tower then left that night to head towards the west coast.
We drove down the west coast stopping off at beaches drinking and partying all the way down to Bilbao were we went to the Bilbao festival. We spent 3 days there, it was amazing good times!!Read more ...
We managed to pick up Road Runner earlier than scheduled and headed up the north of England towards Edinburgh. We stopped off in York for a night and found a great free camp spot by the river in the middle of town. We spent the next morning wandering the cobbled streets and the walls of the city. We then made our way to Scotland and arrived Edinburgh which was a stunning place. Checked out the castle and the city for the day and then gapped to over the lochs. From there we made our way to back into England and stayed in the lakes district which was really nice then headed for wales where we had a night in Cardiff. From there we checked out Bath and Stonehenge.
We then made our way to Dover and headed to France, we arrived to stifling heat and drove straight to Paris. Three days in Paris didn’t really do it justice but we had an amazing time wandering around and seeing the sights. The Louvre and the Eiffel tower at night were amazing. We hit the coast heading down through Royan and down to Bayonne where we just drove through but we stopped in Biarritz for a few hours. It was a really cool place with nice beaches and the city sitting right above them. It was like an old coastal seaside village in a city with heaps of old buildings right on the cliffs and around the water. We stayed that night a few beaches down the coast, we cooked dinner on the beach which was real nice. From there to make our way into Spain for running of the bulls. What an experience, just being there was incredible let alone been involved with whole thing.Read more ...
As the sun was setting on our 3 ½ year stay, living and working in the UK (London and Edinburgh), it was with great excitement our thoughts turned to the 90 days we had in front of us – what was to be our most life-changing trip through a European summer.
Not twelve months earlier, Renee and I had our first ‘Wicked Van’ experience with a 5-day excursion in Northern Ireland. We had of course heard of Wicked Vans as they were a common sighting along our home Eastern coast of Australia, but had yet to cocoon ourselves in one. The idea of camper-van living has always appealed to us and after making a few inquiries with the most helpful Julie, our Northern Ireland trip was booked.
I can think of no better way to experience a new country than having your home on wheels and our ‘Jellybean’ painted Wicked Van did not disappoint. Everything we needed within arms reach (literally!) and once we acclimatised to the cabin fever; our home away from home became a magic part of a wonderful stay. At 30-something years of age, this was both our first time ‘camper-vanning’ and was a taste of things to come.Read more ...
We booked some one way tickets to London in the start of April 2011, without a time frame or a clue as to what we were going to do when we got there. All we knew is we wanted to see as much of the UK and Europe as we could. We looked into rail passes, multiple flight tickets, tour groups and couldn’t find anything that suited our budget, that would last as long as the Wicked Van Tour. Our mate back home had been harping on about it since he got back from VT 2010, and all his stories and photos looked awesome. So after comparing all the different ways of travelling around Europe, we decided a Wicked Camper was the go.
With nearly two months until ‘Van Tour’ officially started and having been in London for two or so weeks already, we thought to ourselves, what are we going to do? Work in a London pub? Nahhh, lets go see the UK. We wanted to spend our 90days of Van Tour outside the UK, so we thought bugger it, we’ll get another Wicked Camper and go and see England, Ireland Scotland and Wales. Plus this would give us a bit of a warm up to life in a van for 3 months!
It had only been a little over a week since we finished off our own little 42day wicked Van Tour of the UK and Ireland in “Hip Hop.” We had a ball just doing our own thing, following the coast of England from Brighton to Cornwall, then up into Wales, over to Scotland, across to Ireland for a week and then back through the highlands of Scotland and finally back into London.