Journey undertaken by myself in Chausson motorhome from 2nd May to 20th September, 2011, various comments about journey. Had a great time, a few traumatic events, nothing serious, apart from a few overly attentive elderly gentleman who just couldn't work out why I was on my own! Found all of the countries very safe to travel in and found no difficulties with the languages at all, most of the youngsters spoke English at school and wanted to practice! Did have all phrase books though!
DATE, TOWN, MIILES, (DAILY), NAME, LATITUDE, LONGTITUDE, COMMENTS
02/05/11 Sandy, Beds 30391
03/05/11 Dover 30549 (158) Port
03/05/11 Eupen 30766 (217) Reservoir N50.62180 E6.09148 Free
04/05/11 Hymerring Eurocamp N49.77368 E9.58034 Free/Elec € for ? Hours
05/05/11 Altotting 31348 (582) Town Car Park N48.22953 E12.67449 Free for 3 nights
08/05/11 Orth/Donau 31483 (135 )Town Car Park N48.14523 E16.70383 Free. Wonderful trip along Danube
09/05/11 Deutsch Jahrndorf 31516 (33) Town Camping (CL) N48.00777 E17.11073 Donation €6 Lovely spot looked after by villagers
10/05/11 Pannonhalma Monastery 1800 florints
10/05/11 Gyor Diesel £52.80 Vignette £6.22 1 week for motorways
10/05/11 Budapest Haller Camping N47-28-33 E19-4-59 €15 per night Good site. Tram/buses free for over 60's take passport. Wonderful city, lots to see.
13/05/11 Carie Thermal Camping (N47-40-27) ? (E22-26-42) ? not open 5/5/11 -? GPS not correct
13/05/11 Coluic Popas Touristica 31992 (476) Parking space outside Hotel. Got there late
8.30pm, slept very quickly. Woke early to sound of pack of dogs barking. Clock went forward another hour.
14/05/11 North VLADIMIR Suczawa N47.49632 E25.26106 French/English spoken motorhome dump point sign not sure if open, didn't stay.
14/05/11 Suczawa 32121 (129) Cristiana Camping N47.60257 E25.85236 Eng/Fr/Ger – my GPS not book!
18/05/11 Touring Monasteries Cristiana Camping. Many monasteries easily found, chose main ones. Fees charged in order to take photos at various sites.
19/05/11 Sighisoara 32461 (340) Aquarius Camping N46-13-24 E24-47-45 2 nights 80 Lei (Ron!) Very interesting city.
21/05/11 Bucharest 32667 (206) N44-31-01 Banesa Camping E26-05-34 city. 80 Lei per night, expensive, only site available 2 nights. Bus Tickets obtained from reception. Walk up to main road, turn left onto main road for bus stop. Little adventure! Got on wrong bus from city, however, one driver deposited me in front of another bus, whose driver promptly took me to spot near correct bus back to camp. Thank you to those Bus Drivers, no English spoken!!!!!
23/05/11 Nr Veliko Tarnovo 32810 (143) Camping Veliko Tarnovo N43.04.01 E25.45.11 €104 for week, including 1 meal, 2 drinks per day! Went to main town for Son e Lumiere, taxi to town. Good site to chill out, or warm up as weather very summery!
31/05/11 Road 55 Lakeside freecamp N42-35-15 E25-52-13 Looked good but not surewhere the entrance was!
31/05/11 Nr Harmanli 32984 (174) Sakar Hills Camping N41 52.247 E25 59.497 4 nights. Had great time with owners of site and their son who ran it.
02/06/11 S of Haskovo 33122 138 Perperikon N41-43-01 E25-28-09 3 L entrance and parking, wonderful scenery. Should have explored more but was impatient to get on road to Turkey.
04/06/11 £10 Visa or 30TL, or 15€ Border. Motorway Toll 20TL on card
04/06/11 Kilyos 33332 (210) Mistic Camping N41-14-59.30 E29-2-15.19 €12 Disco/bad bus service (3 Buses to Istanbul)
07/06/11 Istanbul 33366 34 Wharf Fisherman's N41-00-05 E28-58-38 30TL per night my GPS!
09/06/11 Istanbul Turkey Touring Org Insurance for 2 months – vehicle docs needed
Oto Sanayi Sitesi Yani 1, Seyrantepe Yolu, IV Levent, Istanbul.
Tel: 0090 212 282 8140 Fee 120TL . Motorway Toll 50TL another company!
10/06/11 Ankara 33676 (310) Esenboga Airport Hotel N40-04-26 E32-56-24 my GPS
€19 per night swim/sauna. Got stuck in mud at front of hotel, tiredness sent me the wrong route! Was pulled out by very kind bulldozer driver and me and the van were washed down by hotel employee at the back of the hotel! Great stop. Bus to city down road. Museum of Anatolian Civilization was in there for four hours!
12/06/11 Bozakale 33814 (138) Bashkent Camping N40-01-42 E34-37-09 20 TL Site good, wonderful scenery. Didn't eat in restaurant.
13/06/11 Urgup 33993 (179) Kaya Camping N38-38-12 E34-51-15 24TL per night. Wonderful sites and scenery. Good walking, but too warm for me! Great company, English, New Zealanders and Dutch.
19/06/11 Sultanhani 34113 (120) Kevan – Camping N38-14-55 E33-33-28 50TL 1 night, dinner, 1 wine, breakfast 50TL, my GPS. Wonderful Caravanserai in town 3L. Went south next day to Meke Crater Volcano N37-41-34 E33-38-17 Crater with lake, 2 km off highway.
20/06/11 Konya Cultural Centre N37-52-06 E32-30-54 Whirling Dervishes on Saturday night 9pm parking free, entrance fee. The Mevlana Institute is in town, parked at Cultural Centre and walked.
20/06/11 Konya 34245 (132) Free Camp Site N37-52-11 E32-33-01 TC Karatay Belediyesi, Hobi, Bahceleri, Karavan Park. Konya. On roundabout, bit noisy, but free, water, electricity, toilets free. Very generous. Guard at gate and industrial centre next door. Tents allowed too!
22/06/11 Catalhoyuk Archaeological site SE of Konya Amazing dig 20C BC. Great site and museum. Only person there. Went south and then west to Beysihir, encountered 2km of newly tarmacked road, what a state the van was, extra resealing to base of vehicle!
22/06/11 Beysihir Lake 34401 (156) Free Camp Site N37-40-09 E31-42-48 quiet night no disturbances, near town.
23/06/11 Beysihir Esrefoglu Wooden mosque, smelt very good!
23/06/11 around the Lake 34474 (73) Eflatunpinar N37-49-30 E31-40-28 Spring/shrine – frogs very loud! Lady comes out of house to sell you craft goods, very quickly!
23/06/11 around the lake. Stopped to start cleaning tar from the van! OK spot, except for bird scarer gun, started at 10pm until early morning – not good! Had to retrace steps
didn't like sound of the condition of the southern road around the Lake back to Konya.
24/06/11 Konya 34604 (130) Camp site above N37-52-11 E32-33-01 and parked. For Whirling Dervishes met Belgian couple, took van down to Cultural Centre. Wonderful experience.
26/06/11 Civlic 34970 (366) Parked for night, bit noisy not disturbed though. Sunday night festivities. Place a bit grubby, decided not to hang around.
27/06/11 Karatepe 35126 (156) Archaeological site N37-15-00(06)! E36-13-10 Amazing Hittite site with museum, road from Kadirli awful, TT took me that way! Missed signs when on initial road out of Osmaniye.
28/06/11 Kastabala Archaeological site Personal guide. Small site wonderful scenery.
27/06/11 Adana 35209 (83) roadside parking N37-01-36 E34-19-27 Parked for night, not
disturbed. Walked across road from parking spot outside Museum, to look at Roman bridge. Went into largest mosque in Turkey. Museum was shut for
27/06/11 Adana Museum – shut upgrade.
27/06/11 Tarsus St Paul's Well Small site, didn't stay long. Got in pickle with parking wardens!
28/06/11 Kanlidivane Archaeological site Big hole in ground, religious site.
28/06/11 Dioceasarear Archaeological obtained site guidance sheets from guardian.
28/06/11 Silifke 35323 114 roadside parking N36-27-31 E34-08-14 Silifke, next to sea and hotel.
29/06/11 Alanya 35528 (205) main route N36-30-30 E32-04-34 On side road, near hotels. Not disturbed.
29/06/11 Manavgat/Side 35564 (36) Archaeological site N36-46-17 E31-23-47 Large free carpark heading off to turtle site.
30/06/11 Degirmenozu, Koprulu Kanyon Milli Parki, Roman Bridge, Selge (not actually seen, couldn't park in order to go on foot) Archaeological site Don't know how I got on wrong road, but landed in Degirmenozu, advised to go back. Turned right to gorge, Wrong! Had to negotiate narrow Roman bridge with right angled entrance and exit. Helpful young Turkish lad helped me, but not a good way to proceed. (Missed left turn quite early on journey.) Hill out from bridge smooth stones, bad if wet! I went back to say thankful whereupon he tried to sell me a trip down the gorge on a strange boat! Bad enough driving through! Needed better map!
30/06/11 Aspendos 35690 (126) Archaeological site N36-56-22 E31-10-25 Car park 10TL, Adm 15TL, 16TL magnificent site map/guide/postcards, good night
01/07/11 Sillyon Archaeological site N36-59-35 E30-58-37 Didn't get to site, parking very restricted for motorhome. Bit hot, decided to travel on.
01/07/11 Perge 35728 (38) Archaeological site N36-57-34 E30-51-12 Fantastic site, long time discovering everything.
01/07/11 Antalya 35741 (13) Museum N36-53-03.9 E30-41-00.6 Car park next to area of restaurants with live entertainment. Bit noisy at night! 3TL cheap. Museum15TL Not a lot of English! Tram to old town, small fee, good just for sightseeing.
03/07/11 Termessos Archaeological site N37-01-06 E30-30-29 History of site lead methere. Entrance GPS Long road upwards single track. Long walk up, not a lot of
renovation, however wanted to see the Tomb of it's hero Alteacea, one of Alexander's Generals.
03/07/11 Kemer, Onno Tunc Caddesi 35809 (68) Bus Carpark N36-35-49 E30-34-08 Large free car away from tourist centre. Not disturbed at all.
04/07/11 Phaselis 35820 (11) Archaeological site South of Kemer, sign posted. Beautiful setting, parking close to sea, 3 bays, tourist boats, good swimming, reasonable ruins. 8TL entrance.
04/07/11 Cirali-Kumkuca 35846 26 Town N36-24-13 E30-28-22 I think there may have been campsite, but I couldn't get on! Found this GPS space right by a parked mobile bank, stayed 2 nights, not moved on.
05/07/11 Olympos Archaeological site Walked along beach to site, quite pleasant, went early morning. Tried to walk to Chimera, followed map near bridge, signposted, but quite a long walk from town, narrow road. Decided to drive that evening. Big carpark at end with hospitable guide! Long hard walk up and down, torch needed at night, and better to go then you can see flames at their best.
05/07/11 Chimera Flames from rocks Could have parked here for night, decided against it!
06/07/11 Myra 35897 (51) Archaeological site N36-15-27 E29-59-12 Arrived just before site closed, found free car park, could have stayed night but didn't. Visited the Church of St Nicholas until closing time then decided to go on to Kas.
06/07/11 Kas N36-11-57 E29-37-58 Kas Kamping, recuperated. 30TL night ACSI Arrived 8pm. Set up near entrance, good places near sea had gone! Quite steep hill. Not well, heat finally got to me, rested my GPS!
10/07/11 Kas Olympus Mo Camp N36-12-26 E29-37-03 Flat, on beach, wished I'd been here! Bike ride to Kas, 2/3 km (could go back here liked it).
10/07/11 Dalyan/Ortaca 36088 (191) parking space N36-50-28 E28-39-03 Next to Municipal Building, being Sunday no one to object.
11/07/11 Aphrodisias 36140 (52) Archaeological site Car park 10TL, Adm 8TL Guide 5TL Food 8.5TL. Enjoyed site and museum, bumpy trip from car park to site, compulsory, or walk!
11/07/11 Pamukkale 36258 (118) Baydil Camping N37-55-05 E29-07-16 Waved down by site owner at entrance, 25TL a night for single person negotiated. Unwanted attention by his brother! Cafe, souvenirs adjoining site. Main entrance to site opposite, 20TLentrance, other charges inside Hieropolis cafe/restaurant/swimming
pool quite high. Take off shoes to go through travertine, take good pair for walking through archaeological site.
12/11/11 Pamukkale North Entrance Hieropolis N37-56-27 E29-07-00 If you park here, then it's a very long walk through the ruins to the travertine. Don't know whether you can actually stay here the night!
14/07/11 Bodrum/Didum Temple of Apollo N37-23-06 E27-15-14 Large car park outside restaurant, very full, music till 12. Everybody obviously enjoying themselves.
15/07/11 Didyama Miletus 36526 (268) Archaeological site N37-31-49 E27-16-25 Large shaded carpark. Large site, lots of walking, pack of dogs. Museum about 1km from carpark very informative. Air conditioning – wonderful.
15/07/11 Priene 36559 (33) Archaeological site N37-39-36 E27-18-03 Long walk up, very hot still. Wonderful views from top, especially with mountain behind the Temple of Athena. Enjoyed it.
15/07/11 Kusadasi 36584 25 Yat Camping N37-52-05 E27-15-59 Very unwell, recuperatingagain. Finally advised to get rehydration tablets by my marathon running son. Worked a treat, ankles had begun to swell up. Shops close. Didn't do a lot really!
Spent time pondering on where to go next. Getting close to driving through Greece, to go home.14TL per night. Discovered when back in UK Thyroid/Kidney problems needed attention!
21/07/11 Ephasus 36588 (4) Archaeological site Car park 7.50TL site 20L very crowded. Magnificent site, well worth coming. Left late, went to cafe and then travelled on.
21/07/11 Sirine Uninhabited Greek Village Bad move, went through village up very bad road, just had to keep going, couldn't reverse or turn round. Finally found somewhere. What trauma.
21/07/11 Red Basilica, Bergama 36725 (137) Wide parking space at side of roadN39-7-18.03 E27-11-3.81 Not disturbed. Saw camping site down road, but late so didn't go in.
22/07/11 Bergama/Asclepion Acropolis/Pergamon Archaeological site Drove to top of Acropolis, parking 14TL, entry 20TL magnificent view, grand theatre, good ruins.
22/07/11 Behramkale/Assos 36840 115 Carparking on hill N39-29-08 E26-20-01 Man waved me down, said “no down hill”, 10TL he actually stayed the night to guard me/the carpark. Overlooked Lesbos. Lovely meal in town with free wi-fi.
24/07/11 Troia 36904 (64) Troia Pension & Camping, Tevfikiye N39-57-21 E26-15-01Got here very early from Assos, Entrance and guide tomorrow morning. Stayed
2 nights only, had meals, drinks and souvenirs 175TL all in. Met Dutch and Greek
25/07/11 Troia 36930 (26) next town Trip to get cash ATM
26/07/11 Canakkale Museum/Ferry Gallipoli Museum 5TL, Ferry 35TL Eceabat
26/07/11 Gallipoli 37039 (109) French Cemetery N40-03-14 E26-12-28 Road in front of cemetery. Didn't get moved on. Signs saying no camping when near the historic cemeteries. Fridge not working at all. Karatepe Campsite just would not let me in at 8.30pm.
27/07/11 Gallipoli Free Camp Site N40-03-07 E26-13-28 Did actually park near the Frenh Cemetery, guard came to lock up and didn't move me on!
27/07/11 Alexandroupoli Car park at beach N40.84342 E25.86477 Arrived late, completelymissed Camp Site.
28/07/11 Alexandroupoli Camp site. Big site, some wifi, €10.89 for single person, couldn'tfind anyone to fix fridge.
29/07/11 Thessaloniki N40-30-10 E22-58-13 Zampetas Caravans. On road after airport, Greek flag flying on forecourt. Fitted new fridge for good price. Very helpful very busy business. Was offered weekend in Halkadiki, but needed rest.
29/07/11 Angelohori Beach car park N40-29-37 E12.67449 Free parking. Storm flooded car park. Bit noisy during Greek matrimonial row! Albanians camping on beach. Was OK kept everything locked, obviously.
29/07/11 Thessaloniki Mechanic N40-35-15.37 E22-58-01.63 Recommended but notused, didn't need to.
02/08/11 Thessaloniki N40-35-38 E22-56-54 The town, Fiat, etc Emergency Service Car Park
02/08/11 Thessaloniki Navainou N40-35-20 E22-56-36 Free parking space. Not used.
02/08/11 Thessaloniki Euoom N40-34-22 E22-57-07 Free parking space. Not used.
03/08/11 Thessaloniki 37474 (435) Fiat/on airport road going south. Fiat looked at Fan, said it couldn’t be done till end of August and €200. Didn't know where I would be end August. Was taken around Saloniki by George, the Greek Taxi Driver who I met in Troia. He wined and dined me very lavishly, had a really great day. He suggested I go to the Halkidiki Peninsular and wild camp, but I really needed a washing machine!
03/08/11 Thessaloniki N40-35-38 E22-56-54 stayed one more night.
04/08/11 Halkidiki 37603 129 N40-03-05 E25-59-28 Katerina Camping, Sikia. Tried one other place, but it was very crowded and just couldn't contemplate trying to park there. l left and found this one. Owner very helpful. Took dashboard apart found fan part, emailed Soul Garages through Fiat Forum, he sent part to cousin on Andros.Look forward to it!
15th , 16th, 17th week
14/08/11 Halkidiki free camping N39-57-47 E23-55-37 free camping between 2 beaches.
14/08/11 East Coast Greece 38071 (468) Volou Argalastris N39-18-56 E23-04-17 Sign saying Parking. So I did, there were 2 other motorhomes there.
15/08/11 East Coast Greece N38-20-07 E23-42-58 Eikostis Pmptis Martiou Stopped on road for a swim.
15/08/11 East Coast Greece 38102 (31) Leoforas Athion N38-19-21 E23-46-59 Atlantis Disco. Bit noisy, camping on beach.
16/08/11 East Coast Greece N38-17-52 E23-54-10 Kalamos village market bought some fruit.
16/08/11 Rafina Docks 38180 (78) Rafina N38-01-21 E24-00-36 Met Sara, travelled up totheir home in Ramatta, Andros. Had a couple of really great weeks with Sara, John and their zoo of animals, as well as all the Brit ex-pats. Greek hospitality was wonderful. Do hope the country manages to sort out their financial difficulties. Fan part arrived, replaced by John and myself very easily.
08/09/11 Rafina 38192 (12) Kokkino Limanaki campsite N38-1-52 E24-0-0 Very cramped site, stayed 2 nights. €28.60 2 nights.
10/09/11 Meteora 38439 (247) Meteora Garden Camp Site N39-42-31 E21-36-35 Tried Athens, couldn't park, just drove north, had had enough. Got to Meteora to do the monasteries. Still 36C+. Lovely area, majestic scenery. Arrived at Greek Border to find that they were on strike. Met some Austrians who accompanied me to free beach camping, met others who said Albanian roads were not good! Decided to go by ferry to Venice. Left early next morning.
14/09/11 Igoumenitsa Nea Selefkeia N39-30-53 E20-12-46 Free Camping area, lots ofsigns saying No, but nobody took any notice and we were not moved on. Gentleman from Linos Travel told me how to get there.
15/09/11 Igoumenitsa 38610 (171) Ferry Just followed signs to Port by 8am
16/09/11 Venice 38610 Port then Treviso N45.66769 E12.26361 Rd to Treviso for camperstop. Empty loo, didn't fancy doing it on the ferry! Various toll charges along route, €2.50 Venice, €2.80 Belina, €3.10 Bullana. €6.10/€8 Austrian toll, vignette. €7.90 Brenner Pass
16/09/11 Jachenau 38871 (261) Spellplatz N47-34-08 E11-18-09 €5 per night x 3 only. No
WC emptying, although porta loos on sight. Didn't use them. Followed toll road to cousin's house, she had helped to set up this parking space.
17/09/11 Jachenau Visited Kate's cousin's, although they were going off elsewhere.
17/08/11 Hymerring 39127 (256) Eurocamp Spellplatz N49.77368 E9.58034 Another good resting spot. Free.
18/09/11 Eupen Reservoir N50.62180 E6.09148 Free
19/09/11 Dunkirk 39570 (443) N51-01-14 E2-11-37 Ticket Office Carpark Bit noisy but OK for early start.
19/09/11 Dunkirk McDonalds N51-01-23 E02-18-45 free wifi, lunch. Managed to park.
19/09/11 Dunkirk N51-00-23 E2-16-35 Auchan Supermarket good shopping, good parking
20/09/11 Dover 39570
20/09/11 39591 (21) somewhere along road N51-16-14 E01-03-48 Morrison's Supermarket Space for parking, had a nap!
20/09/11 Harpenden 39683 (92) Saw granddaughters, son and Daughter-I-Law
21/09/11 Sandy, Beds 39716 (33) Sandy CL Saw Daughter
original mileage 30391finishing mileage 39716 (9325)
Igoumenitsa to Venice approx 850 land mileage
Rafina/Andros return approx 80 land mileage
English Channel 44 miles (return)