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  1. paintman

    paintman Read Only Funster

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    .Hi
    We just paid our subs and joined the forum, we have used a family motorhome on and off for a number of years enjoying weekends away often involving motorbike rallies in places like Wales or the Kielder Forrest, in addition to longer holidays in Cornwall.

    Last year we went a bit further afield and linked up two family holidays and a motorbike rally in Serres Greece. My brother left the Uk on his own in August in the Bessacarr E495 with a trailer full of motorbikes on the back and made a spirited drive down to Venice catching a ferry to Igoumenitsa Greece, meeting his family who had flown in to Thessaloniki airport.

    They then enjoyed two weeks on the beach before driving up to Serres where a five star hotel was the base for a six day bike rally in the mountains my brother was an entrant in.

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    Yes I know it seems a bit strange,:Eek!: during the week weddings were performed with a backdrop of a race paddock :RollEyes: on the balcony you can see in the first pic, but times are tough in Greece and as the manager explained you do what you need to to survive.

    We flew out and enjoyed the end of rally party and a few days together before my brothers family had to fly home to get the children back to school.

    Now we could of caught the ferry back to Italy, but decided to travel back by road through Albania, Montenegro, BiH and Croatia etc over a few weeks. It was an eventful, enjoyable and at times stressful journey.

    Here we are at the fabled chain ferry (as seen on Top Gear) by the Butrint Roman ruins in Albania.

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    I did ask on this forum for advice before the trip but received no replies,:cry:now this maybe because its bad form to ask as a visitor to the site, or perhaps not many folk get down that way ? it would be interesting to know, anyway I now have a little knowledge which may be useful to others.

    We are in the planning stages of doing the same or similar holiday this year, that's probably enough for now.

    Cheers John and Debbie.
     
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    Welcome. Sorry you didn't get any answers to your questions... probably no-one knew the answers .... Hope you enjoy your time on here and find many people to share your experiences with. :Smile:
     
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    :fatbuddha:Hi paintman, welcome to MotorhomeFun.:fatbuddha:

    We paid a visit to Butrint, Albania quite a few years ago now.:Cool:
    I remeber the chain ferry.:Eeek: Taking a Motorhome on it is not for the faint hearted.:Eek!:
     
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    I suspect not too many people travel to Greece with their 'van. That's probably why you didn't receive any responses to your initial question(s).
     
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    Hi John & Debbie and welcome to the Fun! :welcomefunster:
     
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    Hello John & Debbie welcome to Fun.
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  13. paintman

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    Now that's a reasonable point of view, and having watched this clip I would tend to agree.:BigGrin:

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3r9AdZBIvsQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    I can't get the link to work, search You Tube for Top Gear raft ferry for a quick
    peak at the potential pitfalls of this ferry.

    We did'nt go on it in the end, taking advice at the border we drove around a big circle to get there as a visit to the ruins is well recommended, we stopped the night right by the security guards shed at the ruins, and would recommend this as a safe wild camp option in this area.

    Later that evening we heard heavy gunfire probably in the hills somewhere, the guard rushed over and using his only two words of English said 'NO PROBLEM':Eeek: those Albanians do love their guns.
     
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    Sorry I can't embed the link, try clicking this.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r9AdZBIvsQ"]Top Gear S16 - The Raft Ferry... - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    hello and welcome to the house of fun.i am green with envy.you are one brave couple.i think you will fit right in.hope to meet you at a meet.oh and thanks for film clip.i can why you did not use it.:Eek!::Eek!::Eeek:
     
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