So after Old Rusty’s little wobble blew a massive hole in what was left of our budget we decided it was time to make tracks for home… a shame but there was still plenty adventures to be had…
As we left Croatia, it started to rain heavily and didn’t really stop for three days (read: massive snowfall in the Alps!) so our time in Slovenia was mostly spent in cafes or under umbrellas.
Slovenia - Lovely Ljubiana
From Ljubiana we headed to lake Bled for the night which seemed very beautiful from what we could tell through the clouds. The following day we had a bit of a long haul to get back to the Zillertal through the end of that snow storm… that had dumped 1m of fresh pow on the mountains. It was pretty weird driving back in to a valley that looked far more wintery at the end of April than it did when we left in March!
One last postcard picture
After spending the evening discovering all our old haunts were closed for ‘spring break’ we had a to find a few new bars to hang out in before hitting the sack early in preparation for our powder day the day after! Let’s just say it was worth the diversion.. 1m of fresh and perfect sunny weather! Definitely lost a lot of the fitness in the last two months! We also forgot how badly you can get sun burnt on the mountain… wear sunscreen kids!
That evening we made our way over the border to Fussen in Germany, home to the famous Disney Castle… unfortunately due to the sunburn situation we couldn’t really walk around but we got to see from afar in any case. We spent most of that day on the road, trying to cover the miles back to Calais while not being killed on the Autobahn. That night we stayed in probably the weirdest Aire de Camping yet, in the middle of an old steelworks at Volkingen, Germany’s answer to Sheffield.
From there it was a quick stop in Luxembourg which was fairly sleepy on a bank holiday Monday but very pretty and on for a quick look around Brussels which is very pretty and a bit more lively! Of course there was chocolate and chips to be had but we skipped the Belgian beer for once!
Luxembourg... land of many bins
And a very funky skatepark
Brussels' odd clock
The day after we headed for Bruges, keen to see what it was like without a belly full of wedding wine this time ( Annabel and Matt 😛 ), pretty touristy but very pretty is the answer! We didn’t hang about too long, instead we thought we’d add to the depression of our trip coming to an end by visiting one of the WW1 graveyards in Flanders. Very impressive, an a good reminder of the price people paid so we could have to freedom to drive for 3000km in pretty much any direction without a second thought.
The final french feast!!
And that was it, it was cold, pissing rain, and all we had to do was take a trip to Franglais Vins to top off the van’s cellar and head for the ferry to Dover!
Oh, I almost forgot… we hadn’t told the Plummers we were on the way, sure to result in hilarity! Here’s the reaction we got… classic!