When Thursday dawned a fine day we decided to stay another night at Batis, even though the campground itself is not particularly nice (the toilet block is the worst you can imagine). We discovered it was Armando’s birthday, so we took a walk along the beach in the afternoon while the sun shone, then after dinner we had a few celebratory drinks with our new friends. I think it turned into an “after 1am morning”!
Yesterday (Friday) we negotiated a slight discount on our camp fees, due to our unhappiness with the facilities, and set off east again on the Via Egnatia, the motorway that crosses northern Greece from West to East to the Turkish border. The drive is not particularly scenic, and it is sad to see the effects of the economic downturn; boarded up or unfinished residences (we have been told that unfinished top floors are for tax evasion purposes), abandoned businesses, aborted building and roading projects. We arrived at Alexandroupolis mid-afternoon and found the Municipal Beach camp
easily (N 40° 50’ 46.1” E 25°51’20.3”). The only other motorhomers here are an English couple with their little dog who have just arrived from Turkey; what luck to find more like-minded travellers who speak our language and to share travel stories and tips!
This morning we got to know Russ and Lynn a little better over coffee, and later took a walk around the campground and along the beach. It is a huge camp on what must be a lovely beach in summertime – today it reached a high of 4° so we didn’t stay out for long.