Author: BeyondTheVan

The universe has your back!

When I’m travelling, I rarely make plans. Whether you’re five or five thousand miles from home, life on the road can lead you in many fascinating and wonderful directions. By not making plans, you’re allowing the universe to take you

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In Portugal and writing a book…

Quite possibly one of the most beautiful countries I’ve been to, Ted and I arrived back in Portugal. He went for a beach swim to ease himself back into the Portuguese way of life. We arrived just in time for

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Sun, sand and… sex.

Au revoir petit pois de jardin! France was glorious, and I look forward to spending more time in such a beautiful country later in the year. Perhaps with less parking tickets, little garden peas, and speed camera flashes though. The

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Not the surprise I hoped for…

Having previously thought the French just like to laugh a lot, it turns out that my version of “I speak a little French” actually translated to “My French is very little garden pea”. Which when you think about it, still

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My visit to Oradour-sur-Glane…

I’d wanted to visit Oradour-sur-Glane on my last visit to France, but for some reason didn’t make it. This visit, I decided to make a point of going… The total destruction of the peaceful village of Oradour-sur-Glane occurred on June

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A meander through France…

After a fantastic few days in the Pouancé area of France, it was time to move on. But it seemed rude to leave without one last visit to the lake… Laundry day!! I spent a good hour in the water

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My eyes are opening…

The beauty of travel… it’s a completely personal experience. This time away, I feel I’m travelling rather than on a holiday. I have no real time constraints and that’s giving me opportunity to slow down and experience a lot more.

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The adventure has commenced…

My ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe went very well, despite announcements of rough sea, I’d say it was my best crossing yet. Also, I highly recommend DFDP Seaways. They were very friendly, the wifi was good and in fact, when

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We’re Back! And we’re off…

It’s been a while. My recent blog update skills have been pretty poor – well, non existent! My apologies – must try harder – as my school reports always stated! Firstly, another new Beyond has been born. Well, it was

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Off Grid Living

Boxing Day… When better to head for the hills, go back to basics and enjoy Wales? Bike loaded up, time to head off! Ted and I headed to Snowdonia and parked up next to Bala Lake when we arrived after

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