My boyfriend and I are two professionals from Sydney, Australia and will be spending 7 months this year on 'sabbatical' travelling through Europe and the UK. We will start our trip in Lyon where we will undertake an intensive French course. From there we will hire a car and drive through the rest of the country, immersing ourselves in the culture and improving our French, before moving on to the rest of Europe and the UK.
We have both travelled in Europe before and have seen many of the big tourist attractions. We did this on a backpacker budget, staying in hostels and living on tinned tuna! This time we would like to spend more time in smaller towns and hopefully see them as locals do - eating at local restaurants, drinking in small bars and cafes.. We hope that staying in apartments, and not hotels, will make this experience more authentic for us!