Day 14+15: Road Trip with Kids, Bastogne, Belgium

WAR! Is that what Bastogne, Belgium is all about? Obviously not. But we came here for that. It's day 15 of our family camping road trip across Europe this year and it's time to teach the kids a little about war and a lot about peace. So, what family-friendly things can we do in Bastogne--the … Continue reading Day 14+15: Road Trip with Kids, Bastogne, Belgium

Review of Camping Renval in Bastogne, Belgium; Road Trip with Kids

For a glimpse of the World War 2-related things to do in Bastogne, we moved to Camping Renval in Belgium from Camping Municipal Epernay in the heart of champagne country in France on day 13 of our family road trip. Here's a quick review of this campsite. Standard pitch at Camping Renval in Bastogne, Belgium … Continue reading Review of Camping Renval in Bastogne, Belgium; Road Trip with Kids

Camping Municipal in the Capital of Champagne, Epernay, France: Day 12 and 13 Road Trip with Kids

Continuing with our newly discovered clean, calm and cheap camping municipal in France on days 12 and 13 of our family camping road trip from Spain to Poland this post-coronavirus-lockdown summer, we ended up pitching tent at Camping Municipal Epernay near Reims--the champagne country of France. In a word, this campground was BUSY. Standard pitch … Continue reading Camping Municipal in the Capital of Champagne, Epernay, France: Day 12 and 13 Road Trip with Kids

Day 12+13: Road Trip with Kids in the Heart of Champagne Country

Would you let your child take a sip of champagne? What about a dabber? What if you are in champagne country in Reims, France and you had just finished a tour of a champagne cellar? So, we (parents) "splurge" a bit and visited "Vranken Pommery"--a champagne producer housed in what looks like a castle that … Continue reading Day 12+13: Road Trip with Kids in the Heart of Champagne Country

Day 10+11: Family Camping Municipal in Vatan, France?

Well, there's not much here in this two-bar town of Vatan with a Twin Peaks-esque "classic" circus museum, except maybe for tranquility. In many ways that in itself is worth the stop. In its bucolic peace and pace lie the charm. Vatan is also a chance to rest and recuperate; to get back to our … Continue reading Day 10+11: Family Camping Municipal in Vatan, France?

Day 9: Family Camping Road Trip in Bergerac to See About a Man with the Long Nose

From D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers in Condom to Cyrano de Bergerac in France, we begin the second week of our family camping road trip from Spain to Poland this year.  For the most part, coronavirus social distancing guidelines are being followed with the ubiquitous face masks, particularly indoors. Cyrano de Bergerac, the boys and … Continue reading Day 9: Family Camping Road Trip in Bergerac to See About a Man with the Long Nose

Day 7+8: Family Camping Road Trip in Condom… No Kidding!

"All for one and one for all!" A monument of The Three Musketeers in Condom, France reminds all who visit of that popular cheer. Yes, the boys continue to be fascinated by D'Artagnan and The Three Musketeers. So, we're here. "All for one and one for all!" On the 7th day of our family camping … Continue reading Day 7+8: Family Camping Road Trip in Condom… No Kidding!

Day 6: Family Camping Larrau & Hiking Gorges Kakuetta with Kids

Success!  We've crossed the French border and arrived at our camping site with no problems.  Camping Larrau serves as our homebase for a hiking trip to Gorges Kakuetta (a canyon with a cave, tunnel and waterfalls) and Passerelle d'Holzarte--a narrow footbridge suapended 180 meters above a canyon. Fun! At about 3.8 kilometers roundtrip hike, up … Continue reading Day 6: Family Camping Larrau & Hiking Gorges Kakuetta with Kids

Day 5: Crossing the French Pyrenees Mountain Border, Family Camping Road Trip

So onwards and upwards towards the Pyrenees we go. Continuing with our plan to travel to villages using smaller roads, we wonder if the French border will actually be open given the coronavirus situation. If it is, will there be some kind of screening or any kind of control? Viewpoint from Puerto de Larrau. Internal … Continue reading Day 5: Crossing the French Pyrenees Mountain Border, Family Camping Road Trip

Day 4: Family Camping Road Trip in Fuenmayor, La Rioja, Spain

"There are people here!," the boys said in excitement, almost in unison. After over 430-something kilometers on non-toll roads from Sierra de Francia towards the Pyrenees, passing by Salamanca and Bourgos, we arrive at our back up camping site in Fuenmayor. Unlike last summer's camping road trip, when we were flexible and chose our camping … Continue reading Day 4: Family Camping Road Trip in Fuenmayor, La Rioja, Spain