I thought it was decided, but apparently it seems not. Last year, during my tour of Italy, I determined that my summer 2017 trip would either be to Spain or Greece. I opted for Spain because I thought it would be easier for me to learn to speak Spanish than Greek. I bought numerous Spanish language books and CDs, and started, and continue to learn the language with the aid of an English – Spanish language exchange agreement.
A chance encounter with a Belgian couple in Arles (Provence) and conversation about the merits of finding places to park overnight in Spain ensued. It was their opinion that it wasn’t easy to find places to park a motorhome overnight (campsites excluded) there. I have to admit, I didn’t do my own research, but I find the views of fellow motorhomers quite valuable. I thought, if I am going to struggle to find alternatives to campsites in Spain, why don’t a really go for it and struggle somewhere, where the struggle counts. Greece! After 8 months of gearing up to travel to Spain, I change my mind and do a complete U turn…Madness!
I bought every road map, tour guide and camper stop guide for every country between Germany and Greece. I don’t do things by halves (rest assured, I have the rest of Western Europe already covered). I followed this with a conversation with a work colleague who had toured Greece some years before.
It wasn’t too long, with my notes from recommendations and guide books that I had created a list of must see places in Greece. Most of which are in the Peloponnese, which coincidentally, is where most of Greece’s ancient sites are. Perfect!
- Ancient Eleusis
- Cape Sounio and the Temple of Poseidon
- Ancient Corinth
- Corinth Canal
- Ancient Tiryns
- Kalavryta and the Diakofto Railway
- Lousios Gorge
- Nestor’s Cave
- Rio–Antirrio Bridge
- Ancient Delphi
This list is somewhat adventurous considering I have 3 weeks and possible 4000 miles to drive, but I’m quite a determined person. I have planned two possible routes, although I think my actual route will combine parts of both, but this will be finalised en route.
I arrive in Dunkerque at 3am on the Saturday morning and will cover the 64 miles to Tournai for a brief sleep. My next overnight stop will be somewhere between Zagreb and Belgrade, a journey of 850 – 1100 miles. Leaving a second day’s travel of somewhere between 500 – 800 miles. It seems crazy to commit to such an undertaking, however, there is logical reasoning behind it. Travelling to the Peloponnese as quick as I possibly can, means that I can make decisions based on what I want to do and experience with the maximum amount of time I have available. Once I am there, I will take my time to explore the region and if I decide to take a slower route back, I have that option available to me.
If you want to know how I fared on this trip, be sure to look out for my future posts. Until then Αντίο για τώρα.