0মোটরসড়ক উপর ফোর্ড জি.টি.ইউরো Roadtrip 2013

প্রতিটি গ্রীষ্ম আমি ক্রীট সুন্দর গ্রিক দ্বীপ ছুটিতে যেতে। আমি এখনো একা যেতে আছি এবং এই বছরের সেইসাথে আমার সঙ্গী আমি যোগ দেয় 2 সাথিরা, যাদের উভয় সামনে হয়েছে। কিন্তু, এই বছর, বরং বেশি ইউরোপের সবচেয়ে আমরা ড্রাইভ এবং যাতায়াতের উপর ইউরোপ কিছু দেখতে করার সিদ্ধান্ত নিয়েছে উড়ে - আমরা জিনিষ একটু ভিন্নভাবে না করার সিদ্ধান্ত নিয়েছে। আমরা একটি মহান সময় ছিল এবং মোট খরচ সম্পর্কে উড়ন্ত এবং একটি গাড়ী ভাড়া নেওয়ার মতই ছিল, তাই আমরা স্পষ্টভাবে এটা আবার কাজ করব.

জার্নি সারসংক্ষেপ

আমরা যেতে একটি পরিকল্পনা নিয়ে এসেছেন 2 আলাদা রুট স্থান আমরা পরিদর্শন পারে সংখ্যা বাড়ানোর লক্ষ্যে। এই সমস্যা এড়ানোর একটি সামগ্রিক ট্রিপ ফলে 4,300 মাইল। সময় আমরা স্থান পরিদর্শন করার জন্য বিভিন্ন ঘুরপথ বানিয়ে রেখেছে, এবং নিয়ে যাওয়া আরো কয়েকটি নাটুকে রুট আমরা আসলে একটি মোট আপ বিধ্বস্ত 5,159 মাইল 16 দিন। এই যেমন তীব্র যেমন শোনাচ্ছে ছিল না, কিন্তু ভবিষ্যতে আমি মনে করি আমরা একটি অনুরূপ যাত্রা ছড়িয়ে চাই 3 বরং সপ্তাহ 2.

আমরা কেলে এ Folkestone, থেকে EuroTunnel পেতে করার সিদ্ধান্ত নিয়েছে। সেখান থেকে আমরা ফ্রান্স মাধ্যমে ইস্ট গিয়েছিলাম, বেলজিয়াম ও জার্মানির প্রাগ চেক প্রজাতন্ত্রে। প্রাগ থেকে আমরা দক্ষিণ-পূর্ব শ্লোভাকিয়া মাধ্যমে বুদাপেস্ট হাঙ্গেরি দক্ষিণ সার্বিয়া ও ম্যাসেডোনিয়া সাবেক যুগোস্লাভ প্রজাতন্ত্র মাধ্যমে ঘটেছে এবং তারপর (যা আমি স্কোপজে হিসাবে পড়ুন হবে) উত্তরাঞ্চলীয় গ্রীসে থেসালোনিকি করতে। অবশেষে আমরা এথেন্স গ্রীস ইস্ট উপকূল নিচে থেসালোনিকি থেকে চলে যান এবং ক্রীট উপর Heraklion করার Piraeus থেকে গাড়ী খেয়া পেয়েছিলাম যেখানে আমরা এক সপ্তাহ অতিবাহিত শক্তিহানিকর.

For the return jour­ney we took the Ferry back to Pir­aeus and then drove along the South coast of the Gulf of Cor­inth and then turned north towards Ioan­nina in North-West Greece. From Ioan­nina we drove North West along the Adri­at­ic coast though Albania and Montenegro to Dubrovnik in Croa­tia. The fol­low­ing day we con­tin­ued up to the Adri­at­ic coast passing briefly though Bos­nia and Herzegov­ina and even­tu­ally cross­ing through Slov­e­nia before arriv­ing in Venice, Italy. On the pen­ul­tim­ate day we wound our way across the Alps through Aus­tria and down to Munich. Our final mam­moth day found us driv­ing all the way back to York­shire via Ger­many, France and the Eur­o­tun­nel.

I have pro­duced a detailed গুগল মানচিত্র আমাদের রুট

পরিচালনা (1): Sheffield — Prague

EuroTunnel

le শাটল, Folke­stone

This really was the mam­moth jour­ney that it sounds at 936 মাইল যা 17½ ঘন্টার একটি দরজা থেকে দরজা মোট গ্রহণ +1 hour of time change. For­tu­nately as all the coun­tries involved are mem­bers of the EU we were able to cross all bor­ders without stop­ping (except of course our own UK bor­der which is a shame­fully tedi­ous pro­cess thanks to our “little Englander” 1-foot-in 1-foot-out policy on Europe).  The bor­ders are so low-key we missed the sign wel­com­ing us to Hol­land!

We set off from Shef­field at 6.30am, col­lec­ted one of our party from South Mimms ser­vices on the M25 at 9.00am and arrived at the Eur­o­Tun­nel just before 11.00am. After a slight delay to the Eur­o­Tun­nel ser­vice we set off from Cal­ais around 1.30pm UK time (2.30অপরাহ্ন ইউরোপীয় সময়).  We then pretty much remained on sched­ule, cross­ing the bor­der into Czech Repub­lic at around 11.30pm European time after 2 short stops at Motor­way ser­vices in The Neth­er­lands and Ger­many.

Just before cross­ing the bor­der we were stopped by Ger­man police who checked our pass­ports, drivers license and car regis­tra­tion doc­u­ment. They were very help­ful and friendly and dir­ec­ted us to where we could buy a tax vign­ette for the Czech roads. The cheapest vign­ette cost 310CZK (~ 10 £) একটি জন্য 10 day pass. We finally arrived at our Hotel in Prague at around 1.30am loc­al time.

All of the roads had remark­ably light traffic, if there had been sig­ni­fic­ant delays we would have arrived very late. In future I would recom­mend doing a short­er jour­ney, or get­ting one of the Flexiplus tick­ets for the Eur­o­tun­nel. This would have cost us around £200 more (doub­ling the cost) but if we had bought a flex­ible tick­et we would have arrived at least 1½ hours earli­er (বা আরো সম্ভবত একটু পরে ফাটান যেত).

প্রাগ

প্রাগ

প্রাগ

Prague was a very attract­ive city. We didn’t see quite as much as we would have liked as there was a heat wave with the tem­per­at­ure around 40°C which quite lit­er­ally sent us scur­ry­ing back to the air-con of the car!

আমরা একটি জায়গা বলা থাকুন Pen­sion Karel যার জন্য মোট £ 63 কাছাকাছি আমাদের খরচ 4 জন্য মানুষ 1 night. This included free secure park­ing and free break­fast at a time to suit usThe own­er was very friendly and didn’t mind that we had arrived so late. He also provided a very lovely break­fast in the morn­ing — toast, চা, সিদ্ধ ডিম, ham and a few oth­er things I’ve for­got­ten. The rooms were clean and com­fort­able and the shower was good. Our only “com­plaint” would have been the lack of air con­di­tion­ing — but I had known this when I had booked. We just hadn’t anti­cip­ated such an intense heat­wave. The web­site for the accom­mod­a­tion wasn’t work­ing when I booked, but thanks to Google-cache I was able to get an e-mail address to con­tact them dir­ectly on info@pension-karel.com (উত্তর avrora@volny.cz থেকে এসেছিলেন যাতে আপনি যে খুব চেষ্টা করে দেখতে পারেন).  There wasn’t an option to pay with card, শুধুমাত্র নগদ, but both the loc­al Koruna and Euros were accep­ted.

After break­fast we walked about 10 minutes to Lužiny metro sta­tion and caught a yel­low line (লাইন 2) train to Můstek sta­tion. Fol­low­ing the advice of the own­er of our accom­mod­a­tion we then changed onto the green line (লাইন 1) and went to Hradčanská which is at the top of the hill where sev­er­al of the main sites of Prague are found.

We didn’t entirely fol­low the মানচিত্র I had made but it was a use­ful guide to the loc­a­tions of some of the monu­ments. We strolled across the tram lines, through some beau­ti­ful gar­dens and past St. Vit­us Cathed­ral and then headed down the hill and across the Charles Bridge (Karluv সর্বাধিক) into the old town. We then headed back to Můstek sta­tion and onto a Metro back to our accom­mod­a­tion.

I would recom­mend a vis­it to Prague — we would have liked longer to see some more of the sites. Every­one was friendly, and whilst there were a lot of tour­ists it wasn’t as over­crowded as I’d expec­ted. I would also stay at Pen­sion Karel again, although I would prob­ably check the weath­er fore­cast first and con­sider look­ing for some­where with air con­di­tion­ing if it was likely to be so hot again.

পরিচালনা (2): Prague — Tatabanya

একজন Eurobus

Euro­bus

এই ড্রাইভে একটি নিছক 4½ ঘন্টা ছিল 300 mile jour­ney via Slov­akia. There were no bor­der con­trols to nav­ig­ate as all coun­tries were prop­er EU mem­bers and the roads were all decent. We needed anoth­er vign­ette for the roads in Hun­gary, কিন্তু আমি ইতিমধ্যে থেকে অগ্রিম এই কিনেছিলেন tolltickets.comThe cheapest vign­ette is a 1-week vign­ette which costs 2,975 ফুট (~ 10 £).  The Hun­gari­an sys­tem is fully elec­tron­ic and uses ANPR so we didn’t even have to dis­play a stick­er.

Tatabánya

Gerecsei ল্যান্ডস্কেপ প্রোটেকশন এরিয়া, হাঙ্গেরি

Gerec­sei Land­scape Pro­tec­tion Area, হাঙ্গেরি

One of our party has exten­ded fam­ily liv­ing near Tataban­ya and we had been invited to stay with them. As a res­ult we didn’t vis­it Bud­apest on this trip (যদিও আমি করেছিল একটি মানচিত্র ধরো যদি) but we did enjoy some beau­ti­ful scenery and some won­der­ful food. The tem­per­at­ure was still really hot so we didn’t do much oth­er than relax, খাওয়া, and drink. And drink. And drinkIt turns out that our hosts had about 20 vari­et­ies of grapes and pro­duce their own wine and liquor and we were invited to try sev­er­al dif­fer­ent vari­et­ies, all of which were excel­lent. For­tu­nately my part­ner excused her­self from any more than a single glass of wine and was able to do the driv­ing the next day!

পরিচালনা (3): Tatabanya — Thessaloniki

সার্বিয়া মাধ্যমে পথে একটি মান গাড়ী

Ser­bi­an motor­way

This was our first poten­tially chal­len­ging jour­ney. Things star­ted off omin­ously when we took a slip road onto a new (and unfin­ished) stretch of motor­way that wasn’t prop­erly coned off and thanks to fol­low­ing the sat-nav (মহান কাজ টমটম!) we took the exit and had to reverse back when we real­ised the road wasn’t yet built!

আমাদের ছিল 3 bor­ders to cross — Hun­gary into Ser­bia, Ser­bia into Skopje, and from Skopje into Greece. We also knew we needed a green card for both Ser­bia and Skopje, but our insur­ance com­pany (along with most oth­er west­ern European insur­ance com­pan­ies) declined to provide one for Skopje. They did how­ever provide one for Ser­bia. The offi­cials at the Ser­bia bor­der were of the stand­ard humour­less type, but they were sat­is­fied with our green card, car regis­tra­tion doc­u­ment and pass­ports and we passed through after about 20 কোন সমস্যা ছাড়াই মিনিট.

The offi­cials at the Skopje bor­der were inef­fi­cient, miser­able and offi­cious — they were in fact only beaten in the “most unpleas­ant bor­der cross­ing exper­i­ence” by our very own UK bor­der con­trol who must be Olympic cham­pi­ons at “provid­ing an unne­ces­sar­ily long and tedi­ous bor­der cross­ing”. So, after an hour of wait­ing (সম্পর্কে একটি কিউ 'র মধ্যে 10 কার) we were sent to obtain some 3য় party insur­ance to cov­er us whilst we were in the coun­try. We had known about this in advance but had hoped to get lucky and get waved through as some people have been in the past. Sadly it was not to be and we had to part with €50 (অন্তত তারা ইউরো গ্রহণ) for the insur­ance cov­er, des­pite plan­ning to cross the coun­try in only 2 ঘন্টার.

Thank­fully our final bor­der cross­ing (back into civil­isa­tion) was a rel­at­ive joy — tak­ing about 5 মিনিট, and included being wel­comed by a friendly Greek offi­cial (although in fair­ness it prob­ably helped that we greeted him in Greek).

থেসালোনিকি

Platamonas এর কাসল, গ্রীস

Castle of Plata­mo­nas, গ্রীস

We were stay­ing on the West side of Thes­saloniki and the things we might have gone to see were all to the East which would have required a time con­sum­ing jour­ney through the city so we elec­ted to set off in the morn­ing to give ourselves more time in Athens before our ferry.

আমরা যার জন্য € 60 মোট খরচ একটি খুব সুন্দর হোটেল হোটেল গালা বলা রয়ে গেল 2 twin rooms. The rooms were clean, the beds were com­fort­able, বৃষ্টি ভাল ছিল, the air con­di­tion­ing worked, and in the morn­ing we were offered some unex­pec­ted free cof­fee by the friendly own­er. I was relieved as this was the only accom­mod­a­tion that hadn’t replied to my e-mail pri­or to our depar­ture. The hotel was dif­fi­cult to find with TomTom, so I resor­ted to turn­ing on roam­ing data (50Meg for £10 — thanks for the awful value EE) এবং Google Maps ব্যবহার করে (please get prop­er off­line maps sor­ted out Google!) which got us near enough that we could see the bright neon sign at the front of the hotel. I would def­in­itely stay at Hotel Gala again.

পরিচালনা (4): Thessaloniki — Athens

E75 মোটরওয়ে, পূর্ব গ্রীস

E75 Motor­way, East­ern Greece

This was one of the easi­est drives at only 320 মাইল 5 hours. Whilst the Greek motor­ways aren’t West­ern European stand­ard they are a lot bet­ter than every­where else we drove though out­side of West­ern Europe. There were annoy­ingly fre­quent tolls for small amounts (come on Greece — get a sys­tem imple­men­ted where we can pay it all in 1 go when we exit the motor­way!) which totalled to just under €25. These prob­ably added 30 minutes or so to the jour­ney.

We could have taken a detour to vis­it Mt Olym­pus but decided we’d rather have a little time in Athens and not have to rush to get the ferry.

এথেন্স

পারথেনন, এথেন্স আক্রোপলিস উপরে

The Parthen­on

Athens was fant­ast­ic. We vis­ited it briefly before get­ting the ferry from Pir­aeus to Herak­lion, and then we had a much longer vis­it in the morn­ing when we arrived back on the return ferry.

We didn’t see any evid­ence of any trouble at all and every­one was as friendly and wel­com­ing as I’ve always found the Greek people to be. I highly recom­mend tak­ing all the “riots” on the TV news with a truck load of salt and vis­it­ing Athens if you have a chance.

The metro ser­vice was quick and ran on time (which did sur­prise me a bit), the only down side was the tin­nit­us-indu­cing level of noise. I would advise get­ting ear plugs if you plan to use the Athens metro!

On our first vis­it to Athens we arrived in the late after­noon and most sites were closed so we just had a little wander around and then had a beer in a nice bar over­looked by the acro­pol­is.

We were lucky to see Athens in the morn­ing on our second vis­it. After get­ting the ferry back from Crete we arrived at 6.30am and used the মানচিত্র আমি করেছিলেন এবং সবুজ লাইন পেয়েছিলাম (লাইন 1) metro dir­ectly from Pir­aeus to Mon­a­st­iraki. We were in the centre of Athens for 7.30am before any oth­er tour­ists arrived.   We opted to see the Parthen­on first so we could get the uphill walk done before the day star­ted to get really hot. We walked through the ancient Agora and arrived at the entrance to the Acro­pol­is site just as it opened. We then man­aged to out-pace the coach load of Amer­ic­an “campers” who had also just arrived and were the first people at the top. As you can see from the pic­ture I’ve included we were able to get pho­tos of all 3 major monu­ments on the acro­pol­is without any­one else in sight — an almost unique exper­i­enceWe then walked back down and walked to the temple of Zeus via the Roman Agora. Once we’d seen the temple of Zeus we’d had enough walk­ing, and it was get­ting hot, তাই আমরা একটি দ্রুত পানীয় ধরলাম এবং তারপর ফিরে মেট্রো নেতৃত্বে.

We will def­in­itely go back to Athens, the soon­er the bet­ter.

গ্রিক ফেরি

Festos প্যালেস ফেরি, গ্রীস

Fes­tos Palace Ferry, গ্রীস

The Ferry to and from Crete was really good. It is pos­sible to travel through the day or the night. We elec­ted for a night cross­ing with a 4-bunk cab­in, as whilst this was quite a bit more expens­ive, it meant we didn’t lose a anoth­er day to travel. It also meant that myself and my part­ner, who both suf­fer from sea sick­ness, could get to bed in a cab­in (which in both our cases pre­vents us get­ting sea sick).

We all had some food and a couple of beers before the ferry left which pre­dict­ably set us back nearly €100 — not great value, but not as bad as sim­il­ar “cap­tive mar­ket” situ­ations in the UK. Both fer­ries left slightly late and arrived slightly late (~ 30 মিনিট) but oth­er­wise ran well and as expec­ted.

The only piece of advice I would give is not to book too far in advance. I was reg­u­larly check­ing the price for 6 months before we depar­ted, and then when I even­tu­ally came to book 6 weeks before depar­ture the total return price had sud­denly dropped from €577 to €400I also found “inboard” cab­ins were cheap­er than “out­board” cab­ins, and that the slightly earli­er ship was a little cheap­er than the later ship (আছে 2 জাহাজ প্রতিটি রাত).  It was worth book­ing these cheap­er options as in real­ity we ended up with an out­board cab­in and the two ships depar­ted and arrived only 10–15 minutes apart.

ক্রীট

উত্তর-পূর্ব ক্রিট vai সৈকত

যান বিচ, ক্রীট

Crete was lovely as always. We had great com­pany, great food and a nice relax­ing time. Prices since last year have fallen dra­mat­ic­ally (which is for­tu­nate giv­en how much wages have been cut there).  A 500ml bottle of Myth­os was down from ~€2 last year to €0.95 this year. Alpha beer was down to €0.85 for a 500ml bottle. Our main super­mar­ket shop­ping trip was only ~€50 (I’d anti­cip­ated €80 based on pre­vi­ous exper­i­ence).

We took a trip to Vai beach on the North-East of the island and also went to the Aquar­i­um near Herak­lion. We had planned to vis­it the Water­City water park but they have stopped doing the “half day” price they used to offer, so it is now a full €25 full day or noth­ing. A full day is too long really and €25 for ~3 hours is just far too expens­ive. Per­son­ally I think this is a really short-sighted move, espe­cially giv­en the tough eco­nom­ic cli­mate in Greece at the moment. Three of us also found and explored theSarak­ina Gorge which I have writ­ten about in anoth­er art­icle.

লোড আরো কিছু ক্রীট উপর কি আছে, but we had done most before and just wanted to have a few days of “down time”. If you want to know more about things to do in Crete take a look at the গুগল মানচিত্র আমি কয়েক বছর আগে তৈরি.

It goes without say­ing we’ll be going back to Crete again next year.

পরিচালনা (5): Athens — Ioannina

রিও-Antirrio সেতু, গ্রীস

Rio-Antir­rio bridge, গ্রীস

This was anoth­er easy drive at only 260 মাইল 5 hours. There were no bor­ders to cross but there were a few tolls and the spe­cial toll paid to cross the 1.8mile long Rio-Antir­rio sea bridge which is a mag­ni­fi­cent con­struc­tion across the entrance to the gulf of Cor­inth. In total we paid about €25 in tolls, of which €13.20 was for the bridge. The South side of the gulf of Cor­inth was espe­cially attract­ive and we had the oppor­tun­ity to vis­it ancient Cor­inth. We decided not to vis­it on this occa­sion as we wanted as much time in Athens as pos­sible and hadn’t set off until 2pm. The rest of the jour­ney was easy. As we got fur­ther North the land got green­er and more moun­tain­ous, but oth­er than that North-West Greece was like the rest of the coun­try — rugged and some­times scruffy, কিন্তু সবসময় চোখের উপর সহজ.

Ioannina

Vikos ঘাট, গ্রীস

Vikos ঘাট, গ্রীস

We actu­ally stayed 15 miles North of Ioan­nina in a vil­lage called Ano Ped­ina. This was only a few minutes in the car from the little-known Vikos Gorge which we vis­ited. This gorge holds the Guin­ness World Record for “Deep­est Gorge” in the world as oth­er, deep­er gorges are much wider. The Vikos Gorge is almost as deep as it is wide and was con­sequently pretty spec­tac­u­lar. We viewed the Gorge from the West­ern side just past the vil­lage of Mono­dendri as this was a quick jour­ney and we arrived not long before sun­set. If we vis­it again I plan to try view­ing from the East­ern side near Vradeto. We didn’t do any hikes into the gorge or see any of the fam­ous hump-backed bridges, but I would def­in­itely vis­it them in future as the wild­life at the bot­tom of the gorge is appar­ently spec­tac­u­lar.

We stayed in won­der­ful accom­mod­a­tion called Hotel Ame­liko.  ছিল 2 men run­ning the busi­ness who were very friendly and help­ful. We were invited to join them for an even­ing meal which we gladly accep­ted. They don’t offer a menu but said what they were plan­ning to make — roas­ted veget­ables and Greek salad for a starter, and giouvet­si for a main course. I actu­ally have a giouvet­si recipe myself so knew how good it can be and was delighted when they men­tioned it. One of our party is a veget­ari­an but our hosts said this was no prob­lem, they’d make him some­thing spe­cial — this turned out to be stuffed pep­pers which he really enjoyed. Almost all the food came from the hotel garden and the food was in the top 5 most deli­cious meals I’ve ever eaten. The bill was an almost com­ic­al €8We did also drink plenty of beer and wine how­ever, for which the bill was a slightly expens­ive €57. Over­all though €65 for food and drink com­bined was excel­lent value.

রুম নিজেই পরিষ্কার ছিল, the beds com­fort­able and the shower excel­lent. There was also free park­ing on the street, which in such a small rur­al vil­lage in Greece required no secur­ity. We paid a total of €98 and will def­in­itely vis­it again.

পরিচালনা (6): Ioannina — Dubrovnik

ঘোড়া ও আলবেনীয় রাস্তাঘাটে কার্ট

ঘোড়া & কার্ট, আল্বেনিয়া

This was the jour­ney I had been most con­cerned about. When I was plan­ning the trip I really wanted to see the Adri­at­ic coast, and Croa­tia in par­tic­u­lar, but couldn’t find any way to avoid driv­ing through Albania. I have noth­ing against Albania itself (in fact I under­stand it is quite an up-and-com­ing tour­ist des­tin­a­tion) but I had heard first hand stor­ies (এবং এমনকি আরো অ্যাকাউন্ট অনলাইন পড়া) of the dangers of Albani­an roads and Albani­an driversAfter some delib­er­a­tion I decided that I had man­aged to sur­vived the Cretan roads in the 1990’s and seen the roads of Rome and Boston, which soun­ded com­par­at­ively bad and thought that we should go for it. It did mean that I felt obliged to volun­teer to drive the entirety of this leg of the jour­ney — 360 8½ ঘন্টায় মাইল!

প্রথম হার্ডল যে আমরা আলবেনিয়া জন্য একটি সবুজ কার্ড প্রয়োজন ছিল, which our insur­ance com­pany didn’t provide. This meant we would prob­ably need 3য় party cov­er bought at the bor­der for €27. I had read many cases online of people just being waved through the bor­der without an insur­ance check so we hoped we might get lucky. The bor­der was reas­on­ably quick and we were waved through without requir­ing insur­ance — a pos­it­ive start!

The roads were imme­di­ately some­what worse than the Greek roads we had left, but they were still a good width and smoothly tar­ma­ced so we were able to make decent pro­gress. How­ever after about an hour the sur­face of the road sud­denly ended and we found ourselves driv­ing on a 4 গলি নুড়ি ট্র্যাক, along with oth­er (খুব ধীর) tour­ists, loc­al (খুব দ্রুত) Albani­ans, and a large num­ber of huge lor­ries. This las­ted about 30 মাইল, যা একটি দীর্ঘ সময় লাগে 20 প্রতি ঘন্টায় মাইল!  After this excite­ment the roads remained sur­faced for the rest of the jour­ney with most being new and good qual­ity. The only remain­ing excit­ing parts of the jour­ney were the lack of bypasses for urb­an areas, mean­ing we had to drive through sev­er­al towns. We delib­er­ately took the most West­ern route which avoided Tir­ana and instead passed by Dur­rës. We saw quite a few very dan­ger­ous over-takes and at least 1 ঘোড়ায় টানা কার্ট, con­firm­ing our ste­reo­types of Albani­an roads. Hope­fully the con­struc­tion of all the new roads cur­rently under­way will be fin­ished in the next 3–4 years and things will improve con­sid­er­ably as they have done else­where (উদাঃ. ক্রীট)

এড্রিয়াটিক তটরেখা, মন্টিনিগ্রো

Adri­at­ic coast­line, মন্টিনিগ্রো

Fol­low­ing Albania we crossed into Montenegro on the Shkodra — Bar road. The bor­der was reas­on­ably quick (কাছাকাছি 10 মিনিট) and this time we had the required green card and were able to pass without sig­ni­fic­ant delay. The roads in Montenegro were ini­tially the second worst roads we encountered (beaten only by the Albani­an gravel) — sim­il­ar to a nar­row coun­try lane in the UK. When a lorry came the oth­er way we had to slow almost to a stop and bump off the tar­mac onto the gravel at the side of the road so it could get past. The roads improved after a few miles and remained accept­able for the rest of the drive through Montenegro. The speed of the drivers also decreased back to safe levels and the num­ber of “excit­ing” over-takes was almost neg­li­gible com­pared to Albania.

The coast­line of Montenegro was espe­cially beau­ti­ful, but sadly over-pop­u­lated with tour­ists. Some of the best look­ing beaches were so covered by sun loun­gers and umbrel­las that we couldn’t see any of the sand. I would con­sider a stay in Montenegro if we could find some­where without so many tour­ists, but with such a short coast­line I think it may already be too late.

পরিশেষে, we crossed the bor­der into Croa­tia near the coast and got through without prob­lem. This bor­der took around 30 minutes which was a little irrit­at­ing as we didn’t want to miss the sun­set on the coast. We could under­stand the import­ance of the check how­ever as this is now an EU bor­der. In the event we man­aged to see 3 sun­sets and get lots of pho­tos.

Dubrovnik

ক্লক-মিনার, Dubrovnik পুরোনো শহরে

ক্লক-মিনার, Dubrovnik পুরোনো শহরে

Dubrovnik was stun­ning. It is the place all 4 of us most want to go back to. Things didn’t start off all that well — find­ing our hotel and some­where to park took nearly an hour of driv­ing round 1 way sys­tems dur­ing which time I swore quite a lot. Even­tu­ally we man­aged to get the car into the car park and found our way to the Kus­alo Gues­t­house. The Gues­t­house was nice enough, with reas­on­able beds, func­tion­al air con­di­tion­ing and a reas­on­able shower, but although I can’t find any­thing par­tic­u­larly bad to say I think next time I vis­it Dubrovnik I would look for some­where else to stay. The fairest way to put it was that there was noth­ing par­tic­u­larly wrong, but com­pared to the oth­er places we had stayed on the hol­i­day it just wasn’t as nice. The shower in the morn­ing was also cold which didn’t go down well with a couple of our party.

Fol­low­ing মানচিত্র I’d made we walked from the guest-house south-west towards the old town. Before explor­ing the old town itself we looked for some­where to eat. Ini­tially we decided to try a res­taur­ant on the right-hand side of the little square, but after wait­ing for 15 minutes for any ser­vice we left and decided to try the pizzer­ia at the oppos­ite side of the square. Ser­vice here was much bet­ter and the food was also good.

After eat­ing we walked into the old town which was stun­ning. My part­ner imme­di­ately swiped my cam­era and star­ted snap­ping away. We made our way slowly through the old town and even­tu­ally I steered us towards a bar I wanted to vis­it called Buza I. This is a bar which is accessed through a pas­sage­way cut into the city wall and over­looks the sea. It was stun­ning and well worth find­ing but it was also a place best to have only 1 যেমন পান আমাদের 4 cock­tails cost nearly €30.

After our drinks we headed back to the gues­t­house to get some much needed sleep. We didn’t have time to walk the city walls or see the Lovrjen­ac, we didn’t vis­it any oth­er parts of the city (উদাঃ. the har­bour) and we didn’t even fully explore the old town. These are all things we want to go back and do.

পরিচালনা (7): Dubrovnik — Venice

এড্রিয়াটিক তটরেখা, ক্রোয়েশিয়া

Adri­at­ic coast­line, ক্রোয়েশিয়া

This was the most scen­ic drive that we did. There is a new road that goes all the way up through Croa­tia, but we wanted to see the coast­line so we took the older slower road along the coast. This did add about 2 hours to the jour­ney but was worth it for the 485 বেশি বার দেখা মাইল 10 hours. We had to pass briefly through Bos­nia and Herzegov­ina as Croa­tia is split in half. These bor­der cross­ings were fairly swift and straight-for­ward and there was no issue about our lack of green­card. The drive through Bos­nia is only 5½ miles, যা কম সময় লাগে 10 মিনিট.

We would have liked to vis­it the beaches on the island of Rab, but there wasn’t enough time. We did drive past in the hope that there may also be a nice beach on the main­land near the island, but sadly this was not to be. On a future trip I would def­in­itely want to find time to try the beaches on the island.

ভেনিস

গ্র্যান্ড খাল, ভেনিস

গ্র্যান্ড খাল, ভেনিস

Venice was our first real dis­ap­point­ment of the hol­i­day. It was basic­ally a huge tour­ist trap, noth­ing felt very real. There was some stun­ning archi­tec­ture and per­haps if the sun had come out soon­er or we had been less tired we might have enjoyed it more, but we all felt that it was an over-hyped rip-off. Now I can say I’ve “been there and done it” I don’t think I’m very likely to vis­it again, at least not when there are so many tour­ists (i.e. আগস্টে).  The only pos­it­ive thing I can say is that it didn’t smell like we were warned it often does in sum­mer.

We again fol­lowed একটি মানচিত্র I’d made and after spend­ing about 30 minutes fig­ur­ing out how to get tick­ets, এবং যেখানে এটি আঁকড়ি (get some prop­er multi-lan­guage signs put up please Vene­tians!) আমরা গ্রহণ #1 vapor­etto (ওয়াটার বাস) € 7 প্রতিটি স্ট জন্য. Mark’s square. From there we walked back, via the Rialto bridge. On the way back we stopped for food at a res­taur­ant which was dis­tinctly aver­age and very expens­ive (4 বৃহৎ cokes, 2 piz­zas and 2 pas­tas came to nearly €80)

We stayed on the out­skirts of Maestre on the main­land at a place called Hotel Villa Dori. The hotel was OK, although the bunk beds provided weren’t par­tic­u­larly com­fort­able and everything the hotel offered cost extra (ভেনিস একটা ম্যাপ ছিল € 2!)  If I ever did return to Venice I would look for some­where else to stay.

The hotel was in an area which didn’t look par­tic­u­larly friendly at night (যদিও এটা গুগল পৃথিবীতে সুন্দর দেখায়!).  We were recom­men­ded a res­taur­ant in the area which we were rather dubi­ous about, but it was actu­ally a very good meal. I don’t know the name of the res­taur­ant, but it was on Via Ven­iz­ia near the junc­tion with Via Ven­eto. I would eat there again.

One final thing to note about Venice is that every bill we received con­tained a “tour­ist tax” of around €2-€3 per per­son. We found it hard to believe and very objec­tion­able that an eco­nomy so depend­ent upon tour­ists so overtly rips them off for a little bit extra each time they pay for any­thing. Between the 4 of us we ended up pay­ing over €30 extra whilst in Venice as a res­ult of this tax. We wouldn’t have found the price so objec­tion­able but for the fact that everything in Venice is already a huge rip off — it was by far and away the most expens­ive place we vis­ited.

পরিচালনা (8): Venice — Munich

ইতালিয়ান আল্পস

Itali­an Alps

We drove from Venice to Munich dir­ectly over the Alps. It had been the plan to take the Gross­glock­ner High Alpine Road, but sadly the sat-nav took us a slightly incor­rect route and by the time we real­ised it would have added an hour to our jour­ney to cor­rect the route. We did how­ever see some stun­ning scenery, and hav­ing missed the Gross­glock­ner we now have an excuse to repeat the jour­ney. The jour­ney itself was about 350 মাইলের কাছাকাছি নিয়ে 6 hours. We used far less fuel than we had expec­ted — hardly any more for the dis­tance than we used on most of the motor­ways. I guess all the down­hill engine brak­ing saved a lot and made up for the fuel used going up.

There were tolls on the Itali­an roads, which was espe­cially annoy­ing as we spent most of our time on the toll road stuck in stop-start traffic and lost over an hour. We couldn’t see any reas­on for the delays (i.e. there were no acci­dents we could see).  I would recom­mend avoid­ing Itali­an roads if pos­sible — the drivers are often dan­ger­ous, the prices are a rip-off and pro­gress (in my exper­i­ence) is usu­ally pretty slow — a dis­ap­point­ing com­bin­a­tion.

A vign­ette is required for Aus­tri­an roads. It costs about €9 and can be bought in advance from tolltickets.comSome of the Alpine roads are private or have tun­nels with tolls. If you take the motor­way there are no addi­tion­al tolls but the views are far less spec­tac­u­lar.

অস্ট্রিয়ান আল্প্স

অস্ট্রিয়ান আল্প্স

Aus­tri­an Alps

Aus­tria and the Alps were beau­ti­ful and are one of the places we most want to go back to. The scenery is stun­ning, the archi­tec­ture very attract­ive, and the over­all exper­i­ence really peace­ful and pleas­ant. The roads are well main­tained and no prob­lem to drive in a mod­ern car as long as you are pre­pared to use first gear reg­u­larly for each hair­pin bend. We hope to go back and drive the Gross­glock­ner, vis­it Hall­statt and hope­fully see at least 1 gla­ci­er. I’d also like to sample some Aus­tri­an food as we didn’t stop on our jour­ney to eat. The Aus­tri­an Alps were the most peace­ful and relax­ing place we passed through — they looked to be an ideal loc­a­tion for a week or 2 মৃদু পদচারনায়, eat­ing, read­ing and relax­ing. I believe it is pos­sible to get quite cheap deals in sum­mer as most of the Alpine tour­ist industry is geared up for winter sports so there is lots of empty capa­city in sum­mer.

মিউনিখ

Rathaus-Glockenspiel, মিউনিখ

Rathaus-Glock­en­spiel, মিউনিখ

Munich was bril­liant — the friend­li­est most wel­com­ing place we vis­ited on the entire hol­i­day. Everything was ste­reo­typ­ic­ally Ger­man — it all worked as it shouldWe stayed at Gues­t­house Sid­diqi Pen­sion which was only 5 minutes drive from the over­ground rail sta­tion Karls­feld. Trains from here run reg­u­larly all night to and from Munich city centre and take only 18 minutes. 24 hour park­ing at the rail sta­tion was just €1 and when we nearly missed our train the driver saw us out of his win­dow and instead of set­ting off like a bus or train in UK would have done, তিনি ঢুকে এবং দরজা খুলে দেয়া যাতে আমরা বোর্ড পারে.

The gues­t­house was clean and com­fort­able. There were only shared bath­rooms avail­able (আমি পরিচিত ছিল যা যখন আমি বুক) but we didn’t have to wait long in the morn­ing to get into the bath­room, and the showers were good and hot. We paid €98 in total for our own room with 4 bunks.

We were quite late get­ting to Munich and didn’t arrive in the city centre until around 11pm. The first thing we were greeted with after exit­ing the sta­tion was a group of mildly-drunk­en Ger­man young people sur­round­ing a busk­er and singing Yel­low Sub­mar­ine loudly which was an amus­ing and uplift­ing arrival. We used anoth­er of আমার মানচিত্র and headed for the Hof­bräuhaus hop­ing to get a beer there but it was clos­ing by the time we arrived so we quickly made our way to anoth­er pub nearby. The wait­ress there told us we could only have 1 যদি আমরা দ্রুত ছিল পান তারা বন্ধ করা ছিল 20 minutes. We agreed and had some excel­lent Ger­man lager. We were imme­di­ately greeted by the group of Ger­mans (we pre­sumed loc­als) sat at the table next to us. They spoke very good Eng­lish (অবশ্যই) and wel­comed us to Munich, একটা ড্রিংক এত দেরি পেতে আমাদের বলার আমরা খুব ভাগ্যবান হয়েছে!  After our drink we headed back to the train, stop­ping off at a deli­cious kebab shop which also sold bottled beers and cham­pagneWe got some kebabs and a bottle of beer and con­sumed them on the walk back to the cent­ral sta­tion.

We will def­in­itely go back to Munich, and stay longer. We are very keen to have a prop­er night out there as well as vis­it some of the sites (উদাঃ. বগুড়া যাদুঘর, মিউনিখ চিড়িয়াখানা, অলিম্পিক পার্ক, প্রভৃতি)

পরিচালনা (9): Munich — Sheffield

মোটরসড়ক উপর ফোর্ড জি.টি.

ফোর্ড জি.টি., Auto­bahn, জার্মানি

This was our second longest drive of the hol­i­day. We fol­lowed the route chosen by the sat nav which took us in an almost dir­ect line back through Ger­many and France to Cal­ais. This was a mis­take, আমরা প্রায় অতিবাহিত যেমন 2/3 of the jour­ney in France. I per­son­ally felt really irrit­able with the French road net­work after our exper­i­ences else­where in Europe, so much so that I think we should charge French drivers to use the roads in the UK. France basic­ally sits between the UK (বিনামূল্যে সড়ক), Hol­land (বিনামূল্যে সড়ক) and Ger­many (বিনামূল্যে সড়ক) in West­ern Europe. The French roads are not free; they are in fact a con­sid­er­able rip-off. We paid around €60 for our 5 hours on the French roads — more than any­where else on our trip — and more than we pay for the tax on the car in the UK (£ 30) for a whole year. This annoy­ance was com­poun­ded as we had got used to the qual­ity (এবং গতি) of the Ger­man Auto­bahn and were then con­fron­ted with lower qual­ity, ধীর রাস্তা, peppered with hid­den cam­er­as. To rub salt in the wound the French have banned all cam­era alert sys­tems so there weren’t even any good data­bases of cam­er­as to help us avoid them. In future I will go to con­sid­er­able lengths to use the Ger­man roads and avoid the French ones — shame on you France.

যে বলেন, we didn’t hit any sig­ni­fic­ant traffic and com­pleted the 595 miles to Cal­ais in around 8 hours. We then had to endure 3 সারির কয়েক ঘণ্টার, delays and bor­der con­trol before our Eur­o­Tun­nel train even­tu­ally depar­ted at 7pm. This was by far and away the biggest delay of any kind on the entire jour­ney and it can be cred­ited to just what Bri­tain and France can achieve when they work togeth­er — well done chaps. Next time we build a tun­nel to the con­tin­ent I sug­gest we tun­nel right under France and go dir­ect to Ger­many as this will cut travel times by at least 2 ঘন্টার (and even more if we just let the Ger­mans run the entire oper­a­tion).

সব মিলিয়ে আমরা তাড়িয়ে 845 মিউনিখ থেকে মাইল বাড়ি ও বাড়ি ফিরলো 17 hours later at 11.00pm UK time. We would have been a little quick­er but we had to stop on the M20 on the way home to top up the coolant level in the car. We know the radi­at­or was the source of the leak as it had to be replaced (£ 220 জন্য!) but we don’t know what dam­aged it. I’d guess it was either the Albani­an gravel road or that a com­bin­a­tion of 40C heat, Alpine driv­ing, 120ph on the auto­bahn, con­stant air con­di­tion­ing, এবং 5000miles 16 days just gave the car a workout it wouldn’t nor­mally exper­i­ence!

দয়া করে নীচে মন্তব্য করে আমাদের আপনার চিন্তা পাঠাতে! আপনি সদস্যতা করতে চান তাহলে উপরের ডানদিকের মেনু এর লিঙ্কে সাবস্ক্রাইব ব্যবহার করুন. এছাড়াও আপনি নীচের সামাজিক লিঙ্ক ব্যবহার করে আপনার বন্ধুদের সাথে ভাগ করতে পারেন. চিয়ার্স.

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