There is an author named Susan Toth that uses the thumbprint theory of travel. That is she spends at least a week in an area no larger than she can cover with her thumb on a large scale map. (A large scale map shows only a small area but in great detail - a small scale map shows a lot of area with little detail). Excursions to nearby places are OK as long as the trip to get there is no more than an hour.
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Plitvice Lakes is a good choice, it is a great place and recommend going. I stayed in Falling Lakes Hostel in korenica, 5 mins from the lakes and i recommend staying their and doing their hike up the mountain which has the biggest abandoned military base in the world there. I saw an eagle, wild boar, a beautiful hawkmoth and other great plants there.
Also, near a place called Arles in south France is a ornithological park which is a great place to go. Numerous flamingos and other birds but also a great abundance of lizards and snakes if its good weather.
The place near Arles is one of our favorite places in Provence. We always plan a day there and on our last trip, our oldest daughter had her birthday in Provence and her request was for the ornithological park. We were happy to take her. Here's their web site: http://www.parcornithologique.com/en/welcome.html
And here is my blog entry on the park that day. http://beausoleilinprovence.travellerspoint.com/16/
Highly recommended. It is beautiful and we've always seen many different birds and animals although I must admit never any snakes or lizards.
Wow thank you all for your tips!! I really appreciate it.
I'll certainly keep them in mind when planning a vacation!
I love Italy, I'll watch the video about Wanderlust - Amalfiküste @Trekki thank you .
When you're in Zermatt, you can get your best view of the Matterhorn by hiking on the Gornergrat. One hike I like is to take the Gornergratbahn to the Riffelalp stop, then hiking to the Grünsee, then the Stellisee, then to Blauherd, where you can either take the cable car up to Unterrothorn (and a restaurant with spectacular views), or down to Sunnegga, where you can take the "Alpine Metro" back to Zermatt. If you're up for a more challenging hike, you can hike from the Stellisee all the way up to the Unterrothorn.
I really love the Europe.
As an experienced caravanner you need to do your homework very carefully as the vast majority of campsites are closed as from the beginning of October and that includes the countries you plan to visit
There are also the legal issues of vignettes and emissions issues. Croatia used to require a vignette and Switzerland does. Likewise Germany and certain French towns require you to purchase an emissions sticker - depending upon the C02 emissions of your campervan it determines how far into the centre of the town you can drive. Failure to display an emission sticker [available on line in advance] and vignette [available at border crossings/petrol stations results in hefty fines which are always stringently enforced. Some countries might well require you to carry additional driving equipment such as warning triangles, glasses if you require them, breathalysers [France] to mention just a few items. Check with each individual country in advance as regulations change frequently