“Here we are again… Almost a year since we first set out, we’re ready to hit the road again. Destination Greece
We couldn’t wait to be back on the road to see what we could find in Europe.
The first 2 days, our main aim was to get to Gmunden in Austria as fast as possible to see our friend Laura. We took the opportunity to see the city before leaving for Slovenia. With a vintage vehicle, you don’t clock up the miles you would with a newer vehicle – you want to look after the mechanics. We always set ourselves a maximum of 500km per day.
First stop Bled. We went around the lake and took in the amazing panoramic views. You just have to stop for the deep blue water and amazing architecture. We then decided to head for the capital, Ljubljana. We loved this city, too. There’s so much to see and, not knowing the area, we didn’t expect to see so many wonderful things. That’s also why we chose that route.
After that, we travelled to Croatia, really slowing down the pace and stopping for 1 week. We took the coast road and it was hard to drag ourselves away. We visited lots of towns and a National Park too. We liked this country a lot. The heat and turquoise waters probably had something to do with it but that wasn’t all. We stopped in lots of places, including Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik... plus the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Wow. We spent the whole day exploring this incredibly beautiful park. If you’re ever passing by, you have to stop there and take a look – you won’t regret it!
Then we took a little detour to Bosnia-Herzegovina to visit Mostar. For the first time, we sensed a real change of culture. You feel the Muslim influence and traces of the past – bullet holes in the walls and abandoned buildings. Destroyed in 1993 as a result of the Bosnian war, Mostar Bridge was rebuilt around fifteen years ago. Bosnia was where we saw the most vintage vehicles. We saw so many T3s. Here, we discovered that driving a vintage vehicle is more of a need than a passion.
We took 3 days to cross Montenegro, which we liked a lot. It was a bit frustrating to travel through these countries without really exploring any further. We promised ourselves that we would go back on another trip.
We didn’t enjoy Albania quite so much. We obviously didn’t stay long enough or pick the right places. It isn’t very realistic to form an opinion - which is always highly individual - in such a short time.
Finally, after two weeks on the road, we arrived in Greece to an amazing sunset. The people were really friendly. Our first stop was Vikos Gorge, and then we spent two days visiting the Meteora monasteries. Important: you have to wear the appropriate clothing. Ladies - you will be provided with a long skirt at the entrance if you have forgotten. After all of these natural wonders, we explored a few archaeological sites, including Vergina, Dion and Delphi. Then we enjoyed the beaches at Pelion, falling in love with the village of Agia Kyriaki, and the beaches at Sithonia with views of Mount Athos. After that, we thought about going to the islands of Santorini and Mykonos, but decided to leave them for a future trip. We’d really like to see all of this lovely country but have to make sensible choices. Then we left for Athens, where we are now.
4,000km and 7 countries in 1 month! A bit of a change from the 7,500km a month in North America. We are really enjoying the shorter distances and taking our time to really take in an area or a place.
Rainette is doing really well and there are no problems on the horizon. We hope to continue our journey in these good conditions."