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Having dropped Beth off at the airport, we’d already decided that today we wanted to make our way back to Germany and eventually Austria. Han had found through the park4night app a place to stay in Germany at a bike park. We didn’t expect much but set off on the Czech back roads regardless. Such is the pace of our travels that Beth was safely home before we’d even arrived in Germany…. Read More

As one of the largest castles in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Spis Castle in the Kosice region of Slovakia definitely seemed worth a visit while we were so close. As ever, the August temperatures dictated we would have to get there early and so we headed off to spend an enjoyable morning exploring the impressive medieval fortress and admiring the views from its vantage point. The castle is used… Read More

In east Slovakia lies a little piece of heaven known as Paradise National Park. We stayed at a campsite within the park that gave us immediate access to all the trails and gorges the park has to offer. We were really looking forward to doing some hiking here. The staff at the information centre spoke impressive English and were fantastic in helping us. A big attraction of the Paradise National Park is… Read More

Our second day in Liezen saw us going in search of a mechanic! We had heard a worrying noise coming from the van the day before and having done so many challenging mountain passes we were concerned about the brakes. The van breaking down is right up there on our list of vanlife worries as it would mean not only would we be without transport but also homeless. With our first van… Read More

Delving a little deeper into the Styrian region of Austria we spent a few nights in Liezen and used it as a base to explore the Gesause National park. Parking the van in one of the car parks within the national park we set out on foot following a path that promised to take us up to a waterfall. The first narrow section led us along an overgrown path into a woodland… Read More

Just a short drive from Lake Bled and back in the Triglav National Park, the Julian Alps provide the backdrop for Lake Bohinj. Lake Bled may well be the jewel in Slovenia's crown but what Lake Bohinj lacks by way of a castle, and island, it more than makes up for in sheer understated beauty. We actually visited the area twice, at the beginning of our tour of Slovenia and again at… Read More

We actually decided to return to Rogla, a) because it was free to stay with all the services we need and b) because we wanted to do more of the walking paths/cycling this side of the mountain. Luckily and thankfully, the weather the second time round was beautiful! We spent many days walking around the multitude of paths and made daily stops at some of the cafe's in the resort. When it's… Read More

Rogla is a place we'd visit twice in Slovenia. The first time it was a wild and windy place atop the mountain, where we spent a few free nights and had tobatten down the hatches when heavy thunderstorms rolled in. Unable to enjoy what it had to offer and with the weather being so poor, we decide to move onto Kope, a ski resort above Slovenj Gradec. As we usually find on… Read More

Maribor is the second biggest city in Slovenia, our camper contact app told us there was a restaurant just outside the city where we could park for free and stay the night so we headed for that. Arriving at the restaurant there was another van there but no sign designating motorhome parking so we went into the restaurant to ask. The waitress confirmed we could park stay for free. This is where… Read More

In the north of Slovenia we stayed at the village of Luce, again at an amazingly cheap campsite that gave us the luxury of spending a few days exploring the area. Camped in the shade of the trees with the river running alongside, it turned out to be one of our favourite places. Our second day in Luce was Adams birthday, Chief delivered the mail and once the birthday cards were opened… Read More