Here are the stops we made this year (for past years' itineraries, please click here. To recap for new readers: nearly every year we drive from England to Italy through France. We started when Michela was one year old and we have learned a lot about travelling with a young child and have a stress-free experience. If you are interested in my tips/experiences, click here for a list of travel blog posts, scroll to the bottom of the post for the full list - plenty of tips on how to keep a young child entertained - we get very little "Are we there yet?" hassle due to a number of strategies. And no, we don't use chocolate as a bribe.
This year we departed from Cambridge and crossed the channel with Eurotunnel. If you book early and an unpopular slot, you get a good price. We have never tried the ferry with our car and we are not likely to do that as it takes too long. We love Eurotunnel [no sponsorship here, just genuine customer satisfaction].
First stop: St Quentin
|The town hall with dismantled pop-up beach - we were too late!|
Second stop: Bourbonne-les-Bains
|Walking up to the castle|
|Beautiful pool, freezing-cold water. France had a freak summer this year!|
|We stop every year - free playground up to the age of 12|
|Couldn't resist - a local dog breaks the poop law|
Italy! We spent 8 days in my native village in Piedmont. More pictures in post about our previous journey. Click here.
|My maternal grandad (RIP) built this house|
|Michela enjoys the annual funfair|
|The view at night - lovely riverbank|
Second stop on way back: Epernay
|The town hall|
|Champagne! I recommend taking a tour of Mercier's caves. |
This vineyard is next to the their Champagne House, in
the middle of town!
Third stop on way back: Calais
|Lovely beach with ferries in the background|