Europe Summary

We are still working on our map through Europe, but here’s a quick summary of where we went (October through December):

Barcelona and the Pyrenees

Started in Barcelona Spain and picked up a rental camper van. We spent a few days along the Spanish Mediterranean Coast before heading to the start of the Pyrenees. Before starting our trip through the mountains, we checked out San Sebastian-Donastio. We mostly stayed on the French side of the Pyrenees, stopping at towns like Sainte Marie, Lescun, Cauterets, Gavarnie, Grotte de Niaux, Foix, Ax-Les-Thermes, Mont Louis, and Casteil (for Pic du Canigou), but we also saw Andorra, hiking and checking out the city, Andorra la Vella.

South France Beaches

After the mountains came the beaches. As we headed towards Italy and the start of our adventures in the Alps, we traveled along the coast, stopping at Perpignan, Cape d’Adge, Montpellier, Arles, Marseilles, Parc National des Calanques, Cassis, Nice, Monte Carlo (Monaco), and Menton.

The Alps

From the beaches, we turned back to the mountains, this time heading to the Alps. First, we drove to visit a couple of friends in Torino, Italy. We continued to the Alps, by way of the Aosta Valley and catching our first mountaintop view of Alps on Monte Bianco, the Italian side of Mount Blanc. Under the great mountain we traveled back to France, into the town of Chamonix and hiked a good chunk of Mount Blanc (the rest we did by way of gondola).

Then we drove to Switzerland, checking out Geneva and driving along the north shore of Lac Leman through Lausanne to Zermatt and the Matterhorn. Along the way, we did some hiking near Leukerbad, in the Naturpark Pfyn-Finges and near Saas-Fee. From Switzerland, we dropped back down into Italy, heading towards Lago di Como, passing by Lago Maggiore and Monte San Giorgio. Along the north shore of the lake, we traveled from Como to Cadenabbia (took the ferry to Bellaggio).