A French Foray – A 6 page article in Issue 2 of Campervan magazine about our family holiday in Ronnie our demo Slidepods van. Check out the full article/pictures through this link
We chose to spend 6 weeks of my maternity leave touring around France in Ronnie our Slidepods Demo van. We chose France because we had friends that lived there, we wanted to go further afield than Cornwall(!), Jonny speaks a little French and so we thought it would be a bit of an adventure to travel down through France. With 2 young children and a dog any further would be a bit too much of a trek. We also had to think about fitting Esme’s immunisations around the trip so going away for longer wasn’t an option either
We left home 4 weeks after our daughter was born so sleep deprivation didn’t leave a lot of time for thinking but we packed as light as we could whilst trying to pack for every eventuality, we probably should have packed less though!
We set off with a lunch box full of snacks for the toddler and multiple episodes of Cbeebies downloaded on the iplayer (cant get Cbeebies online abroad).
We had to plan the route around not driving too many hours a day and stopping regularly for breaks and food. The baby was easy, she was so little she just slept and fed!
We took the Euro tunnel over to France and avoided the tolls. We were happy touring around and so didn’t mind taking the slower roads through central France. We spent the first week visiting friends near Bergerac then spent the next 4 weeks touring round the Dordogne and up to the Loire valley.
Because of having 2 young children we did book 2 sites for 2 of the weeks. With Hind sight, there was no need at all. France has so many sites everywhere, which, out of season, have plenty of availability. The ones you can book on line tend to be the more expensive ones so we wish we had winged it a bit more and next time we will just turn up.
It was great to spend time with our close friend on the South of France but the best bit was having the freedom to pack up and take the whole family wherever we wanted, to stop when we wanted and so having a great big adventure.
|Unfortunatley both children got chickenpox whilst we were over there. We had booked a Eurocamp for 5 days for our toddler Finn so he could play in the big water park and make the most of all the facilities. Unfortunately he got his chicken pox just as we arrived and so couldn’t do any of it and just had to watch the other children having fun! Our then 7 week old daughter had it a week later too. Both were amazing and just got on with it, it could have meant an early exit from France and a sad trip home but they were great and it didn’t stop us carrying on.
Our advice for anyone thinking of a great adventure with very young children/dogs – Don’t over think it, just crack on and do it!!