The last two days we have being staying at a beautiful little historic town called Lauf an der Pegnitz just a few kilometres East of Nuremberg, on the Pegnitz river. The history of the town goes back to the 11th century and the architecture reflects that history. While Hubby and I were looking at the map, he made the observation that we have passed within a few kilometres of this town multiple times over the years and we never knew of its existence.
I love road tripping by car or camper and getting to cover longer distances and seeing beautiful scenery along our route. For those who know me personally, you know my happy place is on my bike exploring out in nature, but even at cycling pace I’m less inclined to stop and savour on a micro-level. I have to admit that there is nothing quite like exploring on foot to really get up close and personal with a place.
When you slow down to walking pace you get to observe the little things, the art in nature, the tiny critters, you hear birdsong and have time to smell the roses. When you walk you get to stop to watch a colony of power walking ants as they cross the path, admire when a freshly cut pile of logs makes a beautiful pattern, see and hear the the bees working their way from flower to flower or detour from your route when an exploration of a side alley in a town leads to a hidden courtyard or park.
The early weeks of van life have been a bit more hectic than I thought they would be. This has just been the way it has worked out. I am hoping that as we get further into this travel lifestyle we will get to slow down even further. Ideally we would like to travel to an area, set up in a camping place and spend a week or two and explore and get to know a place at a slower pace, next week we are taking steps to that end as we base Tigín in an area for over a week, in the meantime we get to explore the hidden gems we stumble across as we plan our route cross country.