Tuesday, 18 September 2007

The Road to Greece

Was very long - but when you don't leave the campsite until lunchtime every day, it's going to take a while. It was a leisurely trip when all's said and done but remained tinged with stress and worry - and was a knackering drive.

Highlights:
  • Driving on the other side of the road - added novelty value to an otherwise boring drive.
  • French autoroutes - okay, I'm not some kind of weirdo that has "favourite roads" but compared to driving on British motorways, they are quite good.
  • Getting to the campsite each night and cracking open a beer.
  • Campsite at Aubere, at 800m in the mountains of Alsace Lorraine - possibly the quietest place either of us had ever been to. The air hummed and my tinnitus squealed.
  • Chance meeting with an American/Kiwi lesbian couple in a bar who gave us their Jungfrau passes which had a day left to run on them (to us they were worth around £150).
  • Campsite at Interlaken with magnificent view of the Eiger and Jungfrau from our tent.
  • Day out in the Alps around the Jungfrau with our donated Jungfrau passes- trains up mountains, cable cars across mountains, strange train inside a mountain, playing with dogs in snow at 4000m, hiking along the North Face of the Eiger - all stunning.
  • Crazy alpine driving - decided to take the Sudenpass across the Alps rather than long way round by motorway. Not the best idea in a fully laden Nissan Almera but worth it.
  • Seeing Venice.
  • Leaving Venice on the ferry bound for Greece - Katie burst into tears - finally, the emotion came - overjoyed and relieved to be on the final leg.

Lowlights

  • Getting off roundabouts on the wrong side of the road.
  • Alpine driving.
  • Driving.
  • Piece of shite Mont Blanc roof box.
  • Repacking the car every other day.
  • Driving in Italy - arseholes of the highest calibre.
  • Italian campsites.
  • Italian campsite owners.
  • Campsite in Venice which overlooked the runway of the airport - planes every 10 mins from 630am till midnight and riddled with mosquitos.
  • Shit sleep due to having to share a 2 man tent with a long man, two dogs and a ridiculous succession of terrible airbeds.

See our pics here: http://picasaweb.google.com/beormakate/NottinghamToVenice

3 comments:

Rich Edge said...

I've been waiting weeks for some posts, then like buses etc etc. Glad to hear you are both alive and well - trip so far sounds fantastic. Confetti is insanely busy as per usual for this time of year....bet you don't miss us a bit! :)

Rich

Rich Edge said...

Glad to hear you are both well...trip sounds fantastic!

stephanie.bent@confetti-ict.com said...

I hope you both get this. I'm crap at e-mails and blogging and stuff. Hope you're all well (mutts included)and haven't forgotten the weary few you've left behind. All is well; we have 2 new female staff members, Wynne has another son, Deniza (the artist) has another son, Anaya isn't walking independantly but she is still a dream. love you both loads, miss you more. S.x