This Tiny, Bohemian Life

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The tiny house movement is undeniably romantic. Toss out your nonessential belongings, leave the responsibilities of your sprawling suburban home, and <a href=”https://www.utne.com/environment/home-sweet-tiny-home.aspx” target=”_blank”>embrace the freedom and clarity of an unfettered life</a>. Need more romance than that? Make your tiny home a real-life gypsy caravan.</p>
<p>In nineteenth-century Europe, elaborately painted wooden wagons, or <i>vardos</i>, were used by the <a href=”https://www.utne.com/community/forgotten-roma-gypsies-ben-judah-malcolm-garcia.aspx” target=”_blank”>Roma people</a> (pejoratively called “gypsies”) as living quarters and work spaces. Several companies today, including <a href=”http://www.gypsyvans.com/” target=”_blank”>Gypsy Vans</a>, <a href=”http://www.windysmithy.co.uk/html/wagons.htm” target=”_blank”>Windy Smithy</a>, and <a href=”http://www.gypsy-wagons.com/restoration.htm” target=”_blank”>Ingham & Fallon</a>, produce modernized or replica wagons for sale.</p>
<p>Perhaps most appealing is <a href=”http://www.roulottes-de-campagne.com/index_uk.html” target=”_blank”>Roulottes de Campagne</a>, who offers caravans for rent in more than 75 windblown and wildflower-thick locations throughout the French countryside. “Roulotte de Campagne has redesigned the circus caravan, country caravan, or so-called gypsy caravan as a high-comfort way for city-dwellers to get away from it all and <a href=”http://www.faircompanies.com/videos/view/country-caravans-as-tiny-bohemian-shelters-in-rural-france/” target=”_blank”>tap into their Bohemian spirit</a>,” writes Kirsten Dirksen for <b>*faircompanies</b>.</p>
<p>”The Bohemian spirit is definitely a growing trend,” concurs Roulottes de Campagne. “More than ever before, caravans are the symbol of freedom without frontiers.” </p>
<p>Watch a video tour of one of their diminutive 10-foot by 26-foot dwellings below, and start cultivating your own bohemian dreams: </p>
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<b>Source: <a href=”http://www.faircompanies.com/videos/view/country-caravans-as-tiny-bohemian-shelters-in-rural-france/” target=”_blank”>*faircompanies</a>
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<i>Images via <a href=”http://www.roulottes-de-campagne.com/discover-roulottes_144_page_uk.html” target=”_blank”>Roulottes de Campagne</a>.</i>
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