Colette and Axel
met in 1977. Two years later they married and decided
in France with their Volkswagen Beetle (Bug) and almost got into the
only throwing a tent in the luggage compartment. They are small and fit
the car, but in 1980 behind the Beetle is a small caravan bound and
camping. Recent years have passed, and the children were born: a boy
girl. Years later, he bought a camper van complete. The time went on,
children "aged," and traveled self without the parents... but Colette
and Axel do not give up the camping!
to the '70s
von Attila Vendel
Carpe diem - live
out our dreams! Do not wait until tomorrow life just happens to us -
and the journey of desire
for new knowledge keeps you young - says the German couple, who are on
kind of modern Hoboken today on Europe's roads.
Touareg commitment and
nostalgic tendencies car then woke up again when their
son - following the traditions of parental
- First car also elected a bug
where road Eriba Pan to passing caravans. After
the children flown home, the
family camper van is a T3 Transporter replaced, and the
memories brought forward everyday car is again a Beetle started out.
fond of this
type of driving, and so on, it
also became almost inevitable felt that the
T3-ast an older Transport this exchange.
Exactly bought it the Christmas
evening of 2009 a T2,which - after a 1 ½ year
renovation - their recent European tour the
In May 2011, the market managed
to oldtimer registration number place, and
almost shortly after it was decided to also the journey. “I have always
to someday transit through
the whole of Europe. But when?”
They ask themselves the question.
They thought if they become too
old, you may have been will be late, it is best
to cut it immediately.
The husband is an economist,
lecturer, journalist and wife medical professional
worked in consulting, associate professor job. In recent years, very
intensive work began. But unfortunately an important client of their
and only later did that actually worked without pay for three months.
"Then we made the best of the
situation fast pace solving "- Axel
remembers. "The house we rented, be able to finance a portion of the trip,
the furniture and gave away a large part
of the household, the most important personal belongings, memories and
bedobozoltuk and we started for the unknown. "
Since then spend most of their
time in the old bus! In the last year first in
Italy, then in summer until Christmas in
Spain cruising. Current European túrájukat about planned for 5-7 years and possibly all
countriesI would like to explore the
continent, from Ireland, Scandinavia,through the Baltic states,
the southern Mediterranean countries
The planned route
themselves, often using the Internet, browse forums, information scored
ADAC (German Automobile Association) website. From regardless of the
very flexible because it does not travel exact schedule. If you want to
the destination. If you like somewhere, you remain there longer. Now,
the largest and longest journey of their lives facts. Starting from the
of the Danube (Black Forest, Germany)
the Black Sea, the Danube Delta is located go. Actually wanted to
and Kiev over return home through Poland, but the current Ukrainian was
abandoned due to the
situation. Konstanzából south to take in the direction of
s visit to Bulgaria,
Sofia, and then further south to Greece. Thessaloniki go west, south
the Adriatic, where a ferry crossing to Italy.
I expect that may come in the middle of November 2014 home to Germany.
the road will be seven months in a row, but we are also able to start
again before Christmas:
France and Spain via Morocco. Christmas - connected to the business and
pleasure - the Iberian Peninsula meet the children.
"This is all a big adventure when you need a new one every receive. Of
course if you are not able to live a long narrow room, it is better if
not you start such a journey. "explains Colette, then adds:
"European travel motto: 'The stars along the border' - if you know the
EU flag then you know what
you're thinking: EU posy of stars. The one flag, the stars and the gold
of the blue sky and the symbolizes the sea, there must be freedom of
the main ship!
"For us, freedom is the most
important, and this includes the travel
without borders. But freedom is also responsible, Keep a variety of
cultures, respect ensures open everywhere, friendly people see you. "
During his long journey few bother them for it, so there are because
experiences as well. Three times they broke up the bus, Spain twice,
in Budapest. Thanks to the built-in alarming fortunately the culprits
unfortunately the door lock brutally destroyed.
But, there is something good in all evil: so we knew them. Miklos Szabo
& Szabo Beetle workshop) sacrificed after closing time, and fixed
The shop next door, Andrea and Gregory garden
"Otherwise we could not do without the help of what Gyula F. start the
technical problem. Gyula a gas station met. Thanks to him and the great
Zultan.Balaton other night, for the accommodation and delicious
breakfast. We spent more than three weeks in this beautiful country. Very
helpful, spontaneous and
friendly people we the Hungarians. This day also came across an example
Pécs. One car (In which mother and son traveled) the traffic
stop. He got out and
began to push the car. I immediately stood next to a man to help and by
time I pulled over to the curb to join, two young man ran up to take by
It might have helped someone in Germany, but be sure to not so fast.
usually try to get people to help. "- says Axel.
On their way they are often only able to eat simple meals the bus, but
Hungarian praised: "In Hungary, the fine frost, fried meat, noodles and
course, goulash soup I liked the most. "
In addition, we took them in our country the best?
Colette begins to be listed, and then adds a list Axel: "To be sure,
Budapest is the gem. It has been we were here, but then by plane, and
day we spent in the city. Fisherman's Bastion, Buda Castle, Parliament,
Bridge, thermal baths and so on. The famous tourist
much of what we visited destinations. The second of our stay here.
Then finally proved that it is one of the most beautiful major cities
Europe. We got to know new places. Particularly we were impressed at a
where the shoes were lined Danube.
thought-provoking work ... On one I wondered, be thankful that today
peaceful, free, we can live in a democratic Europe.
We visited Sissi in Godollo Palace, then to Lake Balaton in this
which was also amazing. Several thermal bath. We also visit the
as Heviz, Zala lever, Kaposvar, Harkány. "
On the southern border, came over Croatia, and Duna traveled further
inserted a one-stop
Osijek and Vukovar - Serbia then came to the iron gate and Belgrade,
wanted to participate in the May 15 June Beetle meeting. However, this
raging at that time judgment time washed away. Nevertheless, I met
local bogarasokkal and also with
T2 bus. Then, Romania has occurred:
Timisoara, Sibiu, Arad, and introduced themselves as the
you will be held upon completion of this article, but by the time the
likely to have been in another country. Plans are to hold talks later
adventures, and perhaps also issue a book about the journey "Back to
1970s ", in fact, since around 50 years are on the way.
continues here: http://europa-im-vw-bus.blogspot.de
km are on the speedometer, of which they have traveled 61,000
kilometers by bus.
70 HP aircooled box engine with extra oil cooler.
with stove, sink, refrigerator, WC and a Truma heating system, tested
at -17 degrees outside temperature and inside 18 to 20 degrees as a
climate for sleeping like at home.
licence plate :
- for Böblingen (near Stuttgart), CA - for Colette and Axel, the
of construction from the bus and the "H" is the special feature
for a "historical vehicle".