Monday, 15 September 2014

What have we been doing?

Another Greek Odyssey.

Reflections on another Greek trip's been a while since I posted anything but that's because we've been away  in Greece yet again!  We left at the end of June and had a lovely journey through France, a bit of Belgium, Luxembourg, France again. down through Italy then caught the ferry from Ancona to Patras. We spent a while at Camping Aginara- a favourite site, a few days at Methoni, another favourite , then we spent all of the rest of our time in Greece at Camping Thines in Finikounda.

We didn't set out to stay a long time on one site, but circumstances influenced our decisions. Pete's mum was taken into a home where she was really poorly and we knew before we left England that she was in decline. That meant that we should stay somewhere where we could leave the motorhome safely and in easy reach of an airport. Camping Thines fulfilled those requirements with the added bonus of the wonderful family who run the site being so helpful and kind. We also had visits from friends from England,Greece and Russia, and friends who came with us last year, came out for my ( significant) birthday. Sadly Pete's mum died at 98 years old and we returned , but having had an amazing time. Thank you to all the wonderful people we met and those we knew already for making this holiday so super.

DFDS Dover to Dunkirk

view from my door Remich,  Luxembourg

The Route

Our route was almost the same as previous years, but we gave up going along the lovely French route to Stenay in favour of a motorway trip to Luxembourg.

Dover-     a stay overnight on Marine Parade, Wetherspoons dinner 
                 DFDS ferry to Dunkerk- Lille , Tournai, Mons to

Remich-  big lay by near the town next to the Mosel, east flat walk 
                  into town and good public toilets- overnight then 'garage
                   hill' to fill up and  to supermarket for cheap coffee and 
                    gin, plus some lovely local Rivaner wine.

Breisach am Rhein 
                via Metz, Nancy, St Die and Colmar. Over the Col down
                 to Kayserberg stopping in the bakery in Fraize. Filling                     and emptying in the aire at Kayserberg before shopping
                   in Colmar at Leclerc and diesel filling. Stellplatz by the
                     river overnight.

Soragna  via Basle, St Gotthard, Milan, Bologna getting off the
                      autostrada at Fidenza. Sosta in Soragna town centre, 
                         emptying and filling available. Diesel in Fidenza

Fano        an autostrada day to Fano- about an hour from Ancona.  
                   Sosta by the sea at Sassonia. 

Ancona    to catch afternoon Anek Superfast ferry to  
                 Patras.Overnight on ferry- Camping on 

Patras       Off ferry, Lidl stock up and down the New National
                  Road to Glyfa and Camping Aginara.

Methoni    Municipal campsite- updated more from last year with                       further improvements going on.

Finikounda  Camping Thines. 

Patras         for ferry- overnight

Coldrerio   stayed in Coldrerio services just into Switzerland

Kayserberg   overnight in aire 

Remich          overnight in layby.

Dunkirk          via Leclerc at Bergues junction 16 to fill up before                            ferry to 

Dover             overnight on Marine Parade.
Sorogna Italy - free sosta

Sosta at Sassonia , Fano, Italy  

waiting for the Greek ferry Ancona Italy

the camping on board deck

on board

camping Aginara , Glyfa, Greece

Camping Aginara

fab meal just a cycle away from camping Aginara at Arkoudi

amazing bougainvillea at Aginara 

Municipal campsite Methoni

friends at Camping Methoni


one of the world's best beaches Voidokilia near Pylos


Koroni castle


friends playing music at Camping Thines Finikounda

hanging about at Camping Thines

a great parking spot! Camping Thines

the 'everything' shop in Methoni

dance festival Finikounda

Happy days at Thines and around
chair cricket


  1. Beautiful and sunny pictures, thanks you so much for sharing them. Brought me back to my summer in 2015 when I went to Greece for the first time. It literally became a breking point in my life, since then I'm only thinking and planning to get Greek residence permit for starters and settle there. Wish me luck!

    1. Thank you! I wish you lots of luck. I would love to live in Greece but for now we have some responsibilities that mean we need to be here. I adore Greece and Greek people and we are made so welcome. Hoping you have a wonderful new life!