Until 1991 Albania was still a communist dictatorship and only accessible for group tours. Only at the end of the 90s the political system collapsed. Today, public order is stable and everything goes its more or less regular course. Christians and Muslims live in peaceful coexistence and everywhere you are welcomed with warmth and helpfulness.
We cross the border at the Shkodra lake and put us there first on a camping site. The lake does not invite to swim because of the many seaweeds, but to compensate the restaurant offers a delicious Albanian cuisine at prices like we had 20 years ago, such as a pizza Margaritha for three, and a large beer for 1.50 euros. No wonder the MOMO kitchen stays cold with this offer.
Actually, our vehicle was supposed to be on its way to South Africa by freighter at that time. Unfortunately, we had to postpone this plan a few months. We could have managed the Corona issue, but not the unrest and looting, which reminds us more of a country in anarchy and not of a relaxed travel destination. So we wait for the further development and make us first on the way in the direction of Greece.
On Monday, August 2, MOMO and we are ready to go and we quickly drive through the Tauern tunnel with a first stop at the Faaker See in Carinthia. In Bled, Slovenia, we take a break for a few days at a nice campsite on the river and pass the time with hiking and biking at temperatures around 20 degrees and rain, rain, rain.
After we spent a good week on the Ile de Ré on the Atlantic coast in France, we continue our trip across the country via Limoges to Toulon. On the way we will have a few days break at the beautiful Lac de Pareloup before we take the night ferry to Sardinia on 9.9.
Arrived in France we follow the coastline which is sometimes not so easy. The crossings are very narrow and often closed for more than 7,5to. We have to ignore this and hope for the best. South of Bologne-sur-mer a huge dune landscape begins where we look for a nice place for a few days directly in the dunes. The endless sandy beach becomes 500 meters wide at low tide and exposes the mussel beds which are laid out over a length of 3 km. Every day the mussels are picked from the trunks with tractors and a special grab arm. Everywhere you can still see the bunkers of the Atlantic Wall from the Second World War which the Germans left here. Here we enjoy the loneliness and a week of doing nothing.
We leave the new federal states of Germany and come to Schleswig-Holstein. There we visit the old Hanseatic city of Lübeck which was founded in 1143.
It is regarded as the "Queen" and "Mother of the Hanseatic League", a trade association which from the 12th century until modern times has ensured great prosperity in Lübeck and other member cities through free trade and peaceful cooperation. We stroll through the picturesque old town, which with over a thousand preserved cultural monuments has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1987. Worth seeing is also the Hanseatic Museum where you can learn a lot about 400 years of Hanseatic history.