8 December 2016

A FAMILY ROAD TRIP TO SPAIN WITH THE MERCEDES-BENZ MARCO POLO

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As a child I would daydream about life on the road, adventures on Route 66 and other TV induced rose tinted fantasies. In reality I think I can recall a weekend trip to the Lake District and an epic journey to the South of France, three generations squished into a car with luggage bursting at the seams as we tried to navigate the Ordnance Survey map...oh the nostalgia.


When I became a mama it was very clear that I would install this sense of adventure into my kiddo, willing him to see the world. So when we were offered the chance to embark on a family road trip through Spain with the Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo there was huge yes from us! We planned a simple route which would satisfy our wish list and flew to Madrid eager to start our journey.
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We spent our first day exploring the city, a world of colour, packed with cool cafes, side street bars and bustling squares. We stopped for Churros *you know when in Spain* and went over our route again, Madrid to Valencia then along the coast to Barcelona. Loving my pink and blush tones I was excited the city obliged us with its eye candy architecture and cultural pit stops.

Being a big fan of the Mercedes-Benz brand myself, I was squealing with excitement at the thought of testing the new Marco Polo. At first I was so surprised how compact it looked from the outside and how sleek the camper van was. As the door slid open I was wowed at the design creating a hotel on wheels vibe.
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There was so much space, easily fitting everything away neatly, and with the addition of under seat storage, cupboards, drawers and even a mini wardrobe it felt as if Mercedes had really thought of everything to create luxury on the road.

The transition from the sprawling city to the burnt orange countryside and dusty tracks fulfilled those childhood route 66 dreams, and we couldn't have felt more safe especially with the excellent navigation system and various cruise controls. After attempting my pigeon Spanish at the service station to stock  the fridge *yep think fully fitted mini kitchen in a van swoon* with treats, we wound our way to the coast.

Oh the palm trees! Valencia was everything I imaged a Spanish city to be, we'd pre-booked a bay at the Coll Vert Campsite allowing us to park up for the night and transform it from van to home in a few minutes, with the back seats sliding into a bed and the pop up roof creating a bed for the boy.
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Valencia welcomed us with fresh tapas and strong coffee, the old city alive and music filling the streets from local buskers. We decided to stay an extra two nights so we could head out and explore the surrounding countryside and orange groves before checking into our next stay along the coast.
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Travelling by road can be liberating, the freedom to explore as you please with no restrictions is definitely a huge plus, and the compact size of the van allows you to comfortably park in the city, making a trip to Barcelona a breeze.
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Roadside cooking, impromptu picnics, armchair style seats and oodles of style, the Marco Polo gives you everything you need for last minute adventures, and if you ask F what his favourite part of the trip was, he still talks about the transforming roof!
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If you want to see more, then check out the short film we made of our adventure with the Marco Polo! Where would your favourite place to explore be?


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22 comments

  1. stunning photos and annoyed the video too. We go to Spain a lot but not been to the Madrid area - have been to Valencia before, though. The van looks epic - so fun to travel in!

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  2. Lori this road trip looks incredible!!!!! I love all the photos and the vid is just wonderful!!xxxxxxx

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  3. Beautiful photographs, it looks like you had a wonderful time. The video is fabulous too! x

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  4. I loved your YouTube film of this. Fab photos too X

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  5. Wow your photos are stunning. And such a great car. I didn't even know Mercedes Benz is doing kinda camper vans. The interior looks beautiful. I love the bed. It's class.

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  6. Oh my goodness! What a wonderful way to travel. It looks so luxurious too xx

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  7. looks like such a great time, and makes a huge difference getting to travel in comfort especially with the kids.

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  8. That car is the bomb. My eldest Charlie just started watching this film over my shoulder and said "oh wow I wish we had that!". Nuff said! Amazing video xxx

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  9. Such a memorable trip! Gorgeous photos and I still love that van

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  10. Lori this is such an incredible post!! Your vlog is amazing - how talented are you lady?! Your trip sounds like such an adventure - when you said you going to Madrid with Mercedes I had no idea you were staying in the car/campervan-ish, so this was such a treat to learn!! The car is amazing! That roof - so nifty and love the shots on your vid showing the compartments for storing clothes etc. Marvellous stuff lovely lady xx

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  11. Wow what an amazing way to travel! Valencia looks fab too x

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  12. What beautiful photos! It looks like you had an amazing time x

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  13. My son is watching this next to me and really wants a holiday in one of these! Great pics and video, it looked like great fun!

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  14. Really enjoyed your post and the stylish Merc you got to travel in!
    Have linked up to all of your channels as i think you are a blogger who i am really interested in following. Love your creativity x

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  15. What a great vehicle for an adventure loving family! We have been to a festival in a camper van like this and it really does have everything in such a compact space. I love the look of the Mercedes too - we want it for our next car!

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  16. What a great way to travel!

    Your photos are amazing x x

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  17. Fab photos! Looks like an awesome way to travel. Glad you stopped for churros, they are my fave! xo

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  18. Oh I have wonderlust after looking at your vlog!

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  19. What lovely pictures and what a car for a family adventure :) x

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  20. Oh that looks brilliant - we've been looking at camper vans but it never crossed my mind to look at Mercedes Benz ones - will have to give it a bit more of an in depth look!

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  21. Beautiful pictures And your car also nice .i think you are a blogger my identity truly inspired by taking after. Cherish your imagination

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