OK so last year I asked my boss if I could take three and a half weeks off of work to go around Europe in the bus. The timing of the trip (in the middle of July and August) worked so I was given the green light and duly booked the Eurotunnel outward and return legs. Only to realise afterwards that I’d booked the departure date to coincide with my 8 year old’s birthday!! This went down badly. After much planning and discussion though we decided that we wanted to try and get down to Italy and stop off on along the way to break the route up a bit. We ended up with a plan that looked a little like this: [/ Campsites and hotels were booked as I didn’t fancy getting all the way to Italy without having somewhere to stay and then we counted down the days to the actual event. I got the bus serviced, ensured we had full gas bottles and we invested in a 12v coolbox to supplement the fridge as we suspected it might get hot in Italy and we wanted to ensure we had enough cold drinks on hand. We were not wrong on this front - more later. Setting off early we made good time to the Eurotunnel terminal and got on an earlier train. We let my 8 year old open his pressies under the sea on the train which he loved. We then cruised down to a place called Langres which is just North of Dijon. We have stayed in Langres before and had a bed and breakfast booked as we didn’t want to pitch camp just for one night. The couple running it were Spanish and American and cooked dinner for us. When they brought out pudding the put a candle in my sons chocolate tart and everyone sang Happy Birthday. We nosed around the town for the evening then went to bed. Up early for breakfast in the garden then on the road to Annecy where we were camping in their municipal campsite for 4 nights. Its at this point we started to have some fun with the bus. She had started to become difficult to start even though I have a hot start relay fitted. Coming into Annecy she started cutting out at low revs, backfiring and dropping in power. We limped into the campsite and set up camp. The next day we headed down into Annecy itself which is beautiful and swam in the lake and took pictures. There was a market on selling everything we needed for a barbeque that evening so we got stuck in. My son treated the sausage stall like a buffet!! That night I went online and started to swap messages with the late bay. An air leak seemed to be the most likely cause but I could not see anything. Next day we went out in the bus and she seemed to be behaving herself. So I let it ride - bit of an error that.