Sunday, 10 June 2012

Lady Marmalade

I’m home from my trip to Cornwall, and we’ve had a wonderful little adventure along the way. A break from reality is sometimes all you really need to remind yourself of who you really are.



Now onto the most memorable and significant piece to our holiday… Lady Marmalade, a 1972 Type 2 Volkswagen campervan.



Now let me tell you nothing quite compared to the feeling of first jumping into the T2 and setting off out onto the open road. It’s been a dream for years now, we’ve always admired their retro appeal and the fact everything is so compact and you can literally move from place to place at a moment’s notice.



From the outside she was stunning, and like many campers got lots of admiring glances and attention. The inside was very compact, I don’t think we quite realised just how little space we would have to call home for the next week, and we made the unfortunate mistake of lugging two suitcases into the back of the van with us. Major fail.

Now it may have been naïve of us to think we would have plenty of room, if we were to do it again we would definitely travel as light as possible. The van came with some basic kit included, kitchen bits and essentials such as plates, mugs, camping chairs etc., but all of this stuff took up most of the storage room, meaning we had very little room for our own stuff.



If we were to have our own camper, there would be a place for everything and I know this would mean a lot more space and the less living out of a suitcase feeling, but it has made us really think about the way we would design our own interior and how we could best utilise the space.



I luckily opted to be passenger for the duration of the trip; it was the Mr’s challenge to drive this thing! With a left hand drive and no power assisted steering it sure did make for some getting used to, but he managed just fine.

I found myself in fits of giggles every time we would pass either another camper or even a retro Beetle on the road, as the drivers would always wave and flash at us. This I found completely alien, but by the week was out, I was quite used to it and found it to be quite normal! I kind of miss it already.



All in all a completely enjoyable experience and one I would thoroughly recommend doing.

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26 comments

  1. I've been waiting for the beautiful post and i'm so glad to hear you're happy and healthy Miss Alice, and had a wonderful time away! :) I missed you!

    K xo

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  2. Lady Marmalade is amazing! I'd love to do something like this one day.

    Penny Dreadful Vintage

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  3. That looks so fun! What a gorgeous way to travel around!

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  4. wow i'm so jealous! i'd love to do that, what a great idea!
    i hope you had lots of fun :D
    Rosie xo

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  5. She's gorgeous! It sounds so much fun. Maybe next time just pack pants and drive to a new shop for clothes every day!

    Thanks so much for the postcard, always lovely to get post xx

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  6. I always vote to be passenger any day. What a beaut is Lady Marmalade! So glad you enjoyed yourself Alice, I bet your house on wheels was great fun :) x

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  7. aaw glad you had a great time, you could do this kind of trip over and over but in different parts of the UK. I want to do a tour of the North next summer and visit York, Leeds, Liverpool and the Lake and Peak District and a campervan would be perfect.
    Picked something up in Hay on Wye for you :) xx

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  8. oh oh oh, I am so excited to read all about your trip! Lady Marmalade is a beauty, it must have been amazing x

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  9. Lady Marmalade was made for you! What a magical way to travel around on your week away! The colour is stunning :-)

    Jem xXx

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  10. What an amazing colour! Glad you had a fabulous time!
    Barrina x

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  11. Lady Marmalade is gorgeous! We have a modern VW T5 that we are slowly converting into a camper, but at least by doing it yourself you can make it to fit your needs :)

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  12. She has such an awesome name! I bet it was a dream come true for you! I think a weekend away in it would be lovely but I don't think I could live in such a confined space for a whole week! I'd be forever smacking my head on the roof haha! Glad you had a lovely time away - I hope there are plenty more pictures to come! xxx

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  13. Woo wee! Totally jealous. glad you had a great time! Love Katie xxx

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  14. Welcome back! I loved my retro postcard and the fabulous parcel of joy, you are a star!!
    I'm so glad you had a wonderful trip. There's little to beat the camaraderie of vintage VW ownership! We love waving at other camper van and Beetle owners when we're out and about to. It took us until our 40th birthdays to get Gilbert, I wish we'd done it sooner.
    That picture of you two is just gorgeous and Lady Marmalade's a bit of a looker, too! xxx

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  15. Wow, sounds totally amazing! Very jealous! Glad you had a great time! The colour is amazing! xx

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  16. Oh we really want to do this too but as a (soon to be) family of 5, I think a campervan like this would be too tight a squeeze.

    I hope you and your mr continue to live out your dreams though and own yours one day. xx

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  17. How amazing is this campervan?! I love the colour and its so sweet and cosy :) I'd love to have a little mini/travel adventure. Sounds like you had a fab time :) Xx

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    1. Yeh it's pretty cool right? If only she was ours to keep! xxx

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  18. great post!

    XXX,

    WMBG
    wiebkembg.blogspot.com

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  19. Glad you had a brilliant time - I do so hanker after a camper van. Linda xxx

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  20. Interesting post. I enjoyed it.
    Love, Joann
    xxxx

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  21. I love the camper van! It's so lovely! I would love to have a holiday like that but think it would take more amazing powers of persuasion to convince john then I have! xxx

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  22. Oh Alice it sounds and looks like a truly amazing holiday! Whereabouts in Cornwall did you go and what did you do? Or are you saving that for another post? Thank you ever so much for my postcard by the way. It was a lovely surprise to get it.

    ps - love that photo of the two of you!

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    1. We travelled around from place to place :)
      Newquay, St Ives, Falmouth, Padstow, Ilfracombe, Tintagel and a few more!

      I will most likely post a little more about our trip soon xxx

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  23. Lovely blog.
    http://xtheperfectmess.blogspot.com.au

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  24. New follower! I had to comment on this because the van is AMAZING. I would love to take a holiday this way =)
    xx
    emsipop.blogspot.co.uk

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