Our Exit Before Brexit


While the latest Brexit deadline of Halloween would not prevent us from entering the EU, there was a good chance that it would scupper freedom of movement for The Fab Four.

As such, we left early for our ski season and embarked upon a leisurely trip to the Italian Alps. Here’s how it went.

Our Out-of-Season Odyssey


  1. Our Exit Before Brexit – to guarantee a clean exit from the UK , we are definitely leaving before the deadline, no ifs, no buts, come what may.
  2. The Fur-Friendly Ferry to France – we travel in style in a dog-friendly cabin. 
  3. Hints on Heating, Heroines and Horses – Radon to Jargeau, France – we run into lots of problems – and run out of tea! 
  4. The Magic of Morvan; Jargeau to Vézelay, Bourgogne, France – we explore the magical, medieval bastions of Burgundy. And drink some wine. 
  5. Wine & Wonder on a Wet Thursday – Noyers-sur-Serein, Bourgogne, France – we play satnav roulette & discover the inspiration behind Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’. 
  6. Vents Violentes, The Beautiful Village & The Eternal Hill – Vézelay to Les Abrets, Isère, France


  1. Barolo or Bust – Camping Sole Langhe, Vergne, Italya lesson in leccy and a trauma in the terroir! 
  2. A Dog-Friendly Wine Tour, Barolo, ItalyThe Fab Four at large in the land of fine wines and Ferrero Rochers. 
  3. Dogs in Barolo Wine Museum & A Template for a Long Lost Tattoosome nasty surprises as we revisit Barolo castle!
  4. The Battle of the Oranges – The Carnevale di Ivrea – we have fun with the phantom fruit flingers!
  5. The Italian Jobsworth – A Brush With The Law in Coronavirus Lockdownhow life changed in a few short weeks. We come to terms with bureaucracy at its most bizarre.

Life in Lockdown – Coronavirus Survival Strategy

I have said before that if you want to make the gods laugh, tell them your travel plans. We ecaped Brexit – and found ourselves in quarantine!

To see how we’re coping, check out The Coronavirus Chronicles

Building The Beast – Our Brexit Busting Plan for 2021

  1. Our Brexit Busting Planour strategy to continue our travels, now that Brexit has happened. 
  2. Carbon Footprints & The Beastwe justify our choice to live in a thirsty truck.
  3. The Birth of The Beast – How To Source & Spec. an Overland Truck
  4. Squaring The Circle – How To Import an Unregistered Belgian Truck from Holland into the U.K. – there were a few hoops to jump through…!
  5. Collecting The Beast, Our New Expedition Truck: Part 1 – Staffal to Rotterdamchange at Paris for Rotterdam. It should have been so straightforward…
  6. Collecting the Beast, Our New Expedition Truck: Part 2 – Rotterdam to Bournemouthwould our 30-year old army truck start & be roadworthy? That was the least of our problems! 


If You Are Worried About Brexit

  1. Pet Travel After Brexit – the only certainty about Brexit is uncertainty, but here are the three possible outcomes and how to deal with them. 
  2. Brexit Blues – How Brexit Will Affect European Travel
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