This skating man brought the brunch from the van out to a sunny place in the harbor where we had stayed for the night ❤️

Pain du chocolate (because we're in France) and some kind of chocolate cake. Unfortunately someone dropped the cake on the ground... it looked better before that 😄

Posing with Styrbjörn the van in the background ❤️

Later that night we went out for a drink. Niklas was skating in the middle of the world.

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Vanlife on French Riviera, free camping, kringla bikes foldable

We stoped for lunch at the French Riviera, took our new bikes and went for picnic with an amazing view.

How cool isn't our bikes by the way?! We bought them before we left Sweden, they are foldable and fits perfectly into our tiny rolling home. Even though we loved our old vintage bikes those fits better for us in the van ❤️

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We have left Italy and continued our driving towards Portugal and surfing. We were first thinking that we would just drive fast through France like we did last year, but this amazing weather made us change our minds. The sun is shining and it's warm outside so we decided to take the coastal roads this time.

Vanlife French Riviera free camping onlylifeweknow Barlingbobryggeri

Enjoying a Swedish soda from Barlingbo

Slowly driving the winding roads and taking quick stops just to enjoy the view, having a snack or stoping for lunch. Vanlife in France is great this time of the year. We can stop almost anywhere, there are no tourists (other than us) and most of the parking spaces only have payment during the summer months = it's free for us to park 💗

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The last days in Italy and its time to move on to the next country on the list - France. We have enjoyed the sunny days here on the "Riviera dei Fiori" in Sanremo and Ospedaletti. It looks like the spring is finally here ❤️

We have spent some lazy days by the van just enjoying the sun, together with some exploration of interesting places around us.

Coffee in the morning...

... and pizza in the evening ;)

Here comes the fun story behind this pizza:
Niklas went to buy this in a pizzeria nearby, he ordered a "margarita" to take away - he got a drink in his hand in a plastic cup...

A bit confused he stood there drinking it thinking that was nice of them giving him a drink just like that, while the people working there were like "😳what is he doing?"

After a few minutes he understood that they thought he wanted the drink "margarita", not a pizza, to take away...

some good laughs both for us and the staff 💜

The pink sunset at Ospedaletti Beach 💗

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Balestrino, in Liguria, the Italian riviera is one of the most mysterious ghost towns of Italy. There is not much information about the history of this town and what happened when it was abandoned.

It's a medieval town from the 11th century and it's located by a village where people live side by side with this ghost town. From a cafe not more than 100 meters from the entrance to the abandoned town you have a great view of the old castle on the highest point, one of few buildings that still looks like its standing. The rest of the small houses and buildings have fallen apart and it sure looks risky to enter the town.

All the entrances is fenced to keep people out, either for the risk of getting things in your head if you enter or are they hiding something else? There is no way in, there are video cameras which monitors every step you take.

It is believed that the main reason the old town was abandoned was because of the earthquakes, in the 19th century there were a number of earthquakes that made the inhabitants to flee. In 1953 the last people left which made Balestrino the ghost town it is today with a mysterious and unknown history.

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We're in Italy after all, no matter the time of the year we always take a bath if there is water around.

This time, in the middle of the Italian winter, the water was brain freeze cold 🖤

But it looks pretty nice in the pictures right?! ☺️

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Winter in Santa Margherita Ligure, vanlife, onlylifeweknow

We had a long walk trough this small beautiful town in the Italian riviera, one of our favorite places in Italy since we were here last year too. Read about our last visit in Santa Margherita Ligure. A big change in the weather from 2016s December to now in January/February.

Winter in Santa Margherita Ligure, vanlife, onlylifeweknow

The fishermen's boats in the harbor, going out on Golfo del Tigullio/the Mediterranean Sea. There is always fresh fish available to by on the fish markets ❤️

Winter in Santa Margherita Ligure, vanlife, onlylifeweknow

We want one of those. Not the man obviously but this car that is called "ape". Great compliment to Styrbjörn the van, maybe it's possible to do vanlife in this too? ;)

Winter in Santa Margherita Ligure, vanlife, onlylifeweknow

We were not the only one enjoying the sun this day!

Winter in Santa Margherita Ligure, vanlife, onlylifeweknow

Far away on the highest mountains there were snow.

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Time to get ourselves down from the "dangerous road" Passo del Bocco and drive to the Mediterranean Sea and Ligure. We had a great night at the top and an awesome day with urban exploration at the Colonia Devoto


We kindly asked Styrbjörn the van to take us down safe.
We was a little bit nervous, or maybe just excited, for this part on the picture with at least eight hairpins. We have driven similar roads before, but it's still exciting!

We just wish we could understand those Italian signs... or maybe it's better we don't know...

At least we had a lot of those "rallentare" which means extremely curvy roads we guess?!

Those hairpins!

And those beautiful donkey trails. Love Italy 🙈

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colonia Antonio Devoto Urban exploration Italy Passo del bocco abandoned haunted building

On the highest top of the dangerous road Passo del Bocco there is an abandoned building perfect for urban exploration - Colonia Antonio Devoto .

We thought that we could drive almost the whole way there, but we were wrong. This donkeytrail wasn't ok to drive even for Styrbjörn, so we parked him and started walking.

And walking and walking and walking, higher and higher... finally we reached a house in the middle of nowhere and we met an old man who we asked for directions. He pointed us in the right way, and walked in to his home. How is it even possible to live up there?! Anyway, we got to a gate that probably once have been closed and locked but now there were only a part of it still there.

colonia Antonio Devoto Urban exploration Italy Passo del bocco abandoned haunted building

Behind a hill in the middle of the forest by the mountain Zatta we saw this: the abandoned old fascist building, built in the 30's, that once served as a home for children. For those who couldn't be a part of the society. Later on it became a nursing home and after that a drug addiction recovering center. Then it was abandoned.

This former Devoto colony looks completely taken out of its context, standing all abandoned in the forest on the top of a distant mountain.

colonia Antonio Devoto Urban exploration Italy Passo del bocco abandoned haunted building

It's magnificently big with its 5 levels and 365 windows (!!!), one window for each day of the year.

colonia Antonio Devoto Urban exploration Italy Passo del bocco abandoned haunted building

The only thing left today is the empty corridors and rooms with abandoned and vandalized furnitures. It's crazy to see all of these Italian design steel furnitures from the Art Deco era, today they would be worth a lot of money.

Old children's beds are stacked on top of each other creating some kind of wall. Blue colored bedside tables are thrown out from the windows and the garden is filled with them, we are not the first to be here.

colonia Antonio Devoto Urban exploration Italy Passo del bocco abandoned haunted building

As we enter the second floor we starting to think that we're not alone in the building. The corridors is sealed off by a bunch of furnitures like there is someone or something living there. We can also here some kind of sound as we get closer. It's the same thing on the third, fourth and fifth floor, the corridors are sealed off in the middle. We decided to not investigate that any further.

colonia Antonio Devoto Urban exploration Italy Passo del bocco abandoned haunted building
colonia Antonio Devoto Urban exploration Italy Passo del bocco abandoned haunted building

There have been some paranormal investigators here at Colonia Antonio Devoto. It is said that the house is haunted, that when you enter it will drain you on all of your energy and take everything from you, both the good and the bad.

colonia Antonio Devoto Urban exploration Italy Passo del bocco abandoned haunted building

What are those walls hiding? All people that have been living here, sleeping in the beds and using the old furnitures, going to the church on the bottom floor. Are their souls still here, wandering around in this absent building?

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Passo del Bacco Italy dangerous roads scenic mountains vanlife free camp onlylifeweknow hairpins donkey trails tour d'italia

We reached the top, one of Italy's most dangerous roads "Passo del Bocco" where a Belgian cyclist died during the Tour d'italia 2011.

Passo del Bacco Italy dangerous roads scenic mountains vanlife free camp onlylifeweknow hairpins donkey trails tour d'italia

We were welcomed by this broken holy icon... should we take this as a sign maybe?

Passo del Bacco Italy dangerous roads scenic mountains vanlife free camp onlylifeweknow hairpins donkey trails tour d'italia

Made a stop by the famous "Passo del Bocco" sign covered in stickers from different vespa- and motorcycle clubs.

Passo del Bacco Italy dangerous roads scenic mountains vanlife free camp onlylifeweknow hairpins donkey trails tour d'italia

We decided to stay here for the night, 956 meters above sea level, with the clouds under us and a beautiful view to wake up to. We didn't feel like driving the coming path with hairpins and donkey trails in the dark.

Passo del Bacco Italy dangerous roads scenic mountains vanlife free camp onlylifeweknow hairpins donkey trails tour d'italia

Dinner in the making and the forest right outside our door. Couldn't find a better place to free camp, this is vanlife at its best ❤️

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