13:10 | October 9. 2018

Dune Du Pilat – Bordeaux France

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Good Morning Guys. Apologises for not posting yesterday. Joshua and I went for a beautiful hike in our new spot and we got lost up in the mountains. When we came back and we had run out of solar panel charge, which meant were were unable to charge our laptops. As promised, here are some photos of our time at Dune du Pilat. The Dune is the largest in Europe and spans across 500 Meters wide, 110 Meters above sea Level and runs adjacent along the shoreline. We arrived here late in the afternoon  after our drive from Bordeaux, which was around a 1hour drive. We stopped near some beautiful properties and a fishing village nearby but decided to head straight to the Dune, as the Sunset was closing in. In typical Josh and Kerina style, we didn’t take the tourist route which was a staircase built especially for people to walk up. We actually hiked up the steep sand dune from the east side and made our way up the steep hill. It was quite difficult as our feet were being sucked into the sand, whilst trying to keep moving at a steady pace up the incline. We were laughing the whole way up as we could see everyone using the staircase which looked a lot easier. We loved the fact we had the east side of the dune to ourselves. I’m so glad we achieved the climb in time for sunset as “La vue est manifique” (which means the view is beautiful ).

If your looking to head to this Dune I would recommend come here during the week to avoid the mass of tourists and be able to enjoy the surrondings with fewer people. Click Here for more information of the Dune and surronding town.

We found a spot away from the tourists and enjoyed the sunset show. As always it was magical ☺️✨

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13:00 | October 7. 2018

Bohemian Chic in Bordeaux – Van Life

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Good Afternoon Guys. How are you all? We arrived at Grande Dune du Pilat yesterday. (I have some beautiful pictures of the views and sunset to share with you. Will upload tomorrow.)I've decided to share some outfit shots of what I wore in the city of Bordeaux. There is this misconception that if you are living in the van, you have to be in mostly comfortable and sloppy clothes to be able to survive this lifestyle. This certainly isn't the case. I made sure to pack a mixture of outfits, which I could wear for all different occasions, whether that be going for hikes or relaxing at the beach. Who wants to be walking around the city whilst wearing trainers and sweats? 

For example, I have a small selection of shoes, one pair or hiking boots, workout trainers, one pair of Birkenstocks and some causal Supergras, which I can pair with most outfits. At first, this was very daunting to have to downsize my wardrobe and purely putting my focus on my needs rather than my wants. I am 100% more happier having sacrificed a wardrobe full of clothes/materialist items and just focussing on the bare essentials which has given me the freedom to travel the world.

I teamed a pair of simple blue nautical shorts made from linen and a white cotton button-up shirt. Super comfortable! I added a this with a pair of slip on Mules and a headscarf to brighten up the look and keep my hair out of my face, during this hot weather. In the evening I would pair this with a simple jumper when the temperatures drop.

Top - Berksha | Shorts - Zara |Natural Sandals - Zara  | Headband - Market Stall 

Talk Later. K xx

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11:24 | October 5. 2018

Montalivet Beach – Van Life

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Good afternoon All. We ended up staying at Montalivet which is just a 30minute drive from Lake Hourtin ( See my previous blog post 🙂 )It was a great as you could just park on the roadside and we camped here during the night with no issues at all. It was very very quiet.The beach was pretty deserted, so it felt as though we had our own private beach and during our stay, we just saw one guy doing meditation and another group of students, doing some surfing. I would recommend stoking up and food and drinks before coming, so you can really enjoy it.Before our trip across Europe, we bought a Grey Roof bag for our campervan and have stored some bohemian rugs and pillows for us to chill on, which is exactly what we did on this day. It was so peaceful and nice to be able to listen to the sound of the ocean, whilst I read my  book. Its called Lust for life, by Sylvester McNutt. Definitely worth a read.

We are heading further inland as Josh and I have ordered a new addition to the camper. We also have some paperwork we need to organize, regarding our insurance.

Will update you all soon

Love, K xx

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12:33 | October 4. 2018

Carcans – Plage – Van Life

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Good Afternoon Guys. Here are some more pictures from our second day in Motalivet. Joshua went surfing with some French guys we met. They were so kind and let Joshua borrow a board and wetsuit so he could join them. I really wanted to join in, but I recently saw two professional Orthopaedics regarding my right ankle and have been told to wait 1 more week until I return to full exercise/water activities.  I tore the ligaments in my ankle/foot skateboarding nearly 2 years ago now and I  still have issues with pain now and gain. I am keeping positive as I am normally such an active person and I am itching to get back into it!

We picked up our new accessories for the van (Will update soon) and we are now heading to Dune Du Pilat and Bassin d Arcachon as we speak. Will update tomorrow

Talk Soon. Love K x

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14:25 | October 3. 2018

Lake Hourtin-Carcans – Van life

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Good afternoon Guys. How are you all? We stayed 2nights at Lake Hourtin which is situated not far from Bordeaux. Lake Hourtin is the largest Freshwater lake in France and has a surface area of 56.67 km. There are so many activities you can get stuck into like, Kayaking, paddle boarding, yoga, surfing, hiking, the list is endless. It honestly feels like you are on a massive beach and not a lake, I would definitely recommend coming here end of summer, as you get to enjoy it when it's less touristy. You can either rent a house or small condo or simply camp in one of the many sites, situated around the lake. There are many beaches which are only a short drive away, so you can have the best of both worlds. (As long as you are south or north of the lake).The first morning I went on power walk for 1hour and a half, whilst Joshua was fixing some bits in the camper. The landscape and views were beautiful and I actually got lost off the tracks 🙂 . I came back and cooked us lunch for our hike, so we didnt have to worry about coming back to the camper early. We found a secret spot all to ourselves and we enjoyed sunning ourselves in the 26degree heat. We have been very very lucky with the weather, considering it has now come into October.

We are heading further south tomorrow, so will update you all with new pictures

Talk Soon

Love K, xx

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15:13 | September 25. 2018

Our Last day in Vaux EnCouhé – Day 3

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Good Afternoon Guys. Unfortunately, this was our last night at Jacqueline's and Valerie's. We spent the day with them enjoying their company and talking for hours and hours on their beautiful garden terrace. Valerie went all out for us and cooked a 3-course meal. We had 5  types of organic tomatoes to blend with olive & Nut bread for starter. After that, we had a choice of five different mains which were all vegan based. Mainly pan-fried and steamed pulses and vegetables ( I completely forgot to photograph this as it was so delicious and we were just enjoying the moment) For dessert we had dried figs and Prunes for dessert in a lovely sauce.
We chatted late into the night and said our goodbyes that evening, as Jacqueline was flying to the South of France. Josh and I are definitely going to miss them and have already exchange contacts so we can meet again. 
More photos to follow tomorrow
Talk Soon
K, xx

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15:01 | September 25. 2018

Bohemian Tipi Tent – Vaux EnCouhé – Day 2

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Good Afternoon Guys. Hope you are all well. Jacqueline and Valerie already had plans due to work and business reasons, so Joshua and I had the property to ourselves. (We definitely weren't complaining). They have a beautiful Tipi Tent which they use for drumming groups, spiritual meetings, and group talks. We decided to make use of the area and we ate a small lunch with some white wine. We thoroughly enjoyed the calm atmosphere and views of the secret garden. It was honestly so magical. They bought the property over 20 years ago and at the time it was bearly liveable. Together with years of hard work, they made the land into a home by adding trees, plants, organic fruits, and vegetables along came all the wonderful wildlife. There is even a working well!

Growing up in a busy town with houses stacked upon each other, supermarkets on every corner and parks which felt more like industrial structures, for children to play on. It really makes you appreciate these simple experiences within nature, that you would never come across in your normal day to day life.

Catch up with you all tomorrow

Love K xx

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14:58 | September 25. 2018

Our stay in Vaux-en-Couhé- Day 1 – Van life

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Good Afternoon Guys. Hope you have all enjoyed your weekend. Josh and I ended ending up staying at this beautiful property in Vaux-en-Couhé which is the middle east side of France. We came here not knowing the owners or anything about the property, only that Joshes Uncle knew them through distant relatives.
The owners Jacqueline and Valerie welcomed us with open arms and invited us to stay in their beautiful home. They had hundreds of trees and an organic garden filled with Herbs, Cabbages, apple trees, pear trees,  fig trees and a range of different Tomatoes, which we were encouraged to try during our stay. Although we had the camper van to stay in, they let us relax in their guest cottage built from dry stone and had been recently renovated. We definitely enjoyed having a hot shower and a warm bed to stay in, as well as having the use of the loft space and cooking area. Although we were only due to stay one night we had such a strong connection with them both,  that we ended up staying further 3.
More pictures to follow tomorrow of our adventure.
Love K, xx
 

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