Travel // Littlegreenshed Summer Road Trip…

LGS Roadtrip
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We are off to sunnier climes next week!  I cannot wait.  It will be our first Summer overseas holiday as a family and the boys first trip to France. Excited, us?  Of course we are!

We are on a road trip for two weeks, first catching the overnight Brittany Ferry from Portsmouth to Santander, Northern Spain.  I have heard mixed things about this journey, mostly to be prepared for a very choppy ride.  I must remember to pack / take travel sickness remedies before hand – if anyone has any tips on this please help?

So our journey starts and ends in Santander… our route is shown in the map below by the red line:

road trip map

Yeah, there is a lot of driving, and miles to cover, but we hope to stop in small villages, eat fresh produce and wild swim to cool down – thank goodness the car has air con.  The car has been checked over by is looking good. No breaking down abroad please!

It’s my first time to this region of France, and completely unsure of what to do, or what to expect – that just adds to the adventure!  I want to see beautiful gardens, farm buildings with pretty doors, fields of lavender and sunflowers, swim in the mountains and eat peaches from the market.  I want to speak my terrible Franglaise and order local wine. Eat cheese and fresh bread under a tree.  Wander around a small brocante finding treasure to bring home.  Above all I want to make magical memories with my boys.

Our itinerary a the moment is:

  • Arrive in Santander – drive to Bilbao.
  • two nights in Bilbao to visit the Guggenheim and explore this vibrant City
  • drive across the border of Spain into France
  • Spend two nights in Pau with my dear friend Cathy who is holidaying there.
  • Drive to Carcassonne to stay in a pretty B&B for two nights
  • Then drive northwards to stay one night in Toulouse
  • Then two nights in a treehouse
  • Back down for three nights in a yurt
  • Drive to Biarritz to stay for one night and explore
  • Drive back over the border to Spain – explore this coastline
  • Ferry from Santander to Plymouth & home

With just a small amount of spoken French among us, I hope we can pull this off without getting lost!  This road trip has the bones of being epic!

If anyone has some insider knowledge on this region, where to eat, visit, explore, swim – please do let me know….  follow our adventures by visiting the hashtag on IG and twitter – #lgsadventures2015


Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed.  A UK lifestyle & travel blog

Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.

  • We did a similar trip last year! I place another vote for San Sebastian. We only took a day trip there but wished we had stayed longer. The town (city?) Is basically on the beach and everyone just hangs out there. So many great restaurants and cafes and great little shops. I’m sure you would love it.

  • Have a fabulous time and please take pics especially of the tree houses! My best tip for travel sickness is to bring some ginger (crystallised or ginger beer). Looking at the horizon also helps x

  • In terms of anti sickness, I don’t know any good UK products but a great French one is a homeopathic anti sickness by a company called Boiron – I think it is called Cocculine and is available in most pharmacies. You take small viles of it and it is epic. Really stops any motion or travel sickness.

  • Hi i follow your blog but never written before, i’d strongly recommend you to visit San Sebastian, it’ on your route and you wont be deceived, it’ s a great city with lots of great places to have tapas, places like Playa de la Concha..and lots of more things to do. We spend holidays here , i’ m from Madrid, my husband is from here and every year is better! If you’d like more info please tell me @ehcasas

  • Oh my goodness, what a trip. Carcassonne is utterly utterly breathtaking. It’s been years since I was there so cannot offer any wisdom but golly, soak it all up!

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