Looks like I will not be able to visit Greece and Italy consecutively during my tour of
southern Europe over the next year. Turns out there are 25 countries in Europe that are part of the Schengen Agreement, where you can stay in one country for 90 days on your passport but you can’t move to any other country in the region for 90 days. So I will have to find another country besides Greece to spend three months in before moving to Italy.
Looks like that country will be Turkey (grey country to right of Greece in map at right).
I learned all this quite by accident, unless you believe, like I do, that it was by grand design. One of the Poker Pals in Atlanta, Ron, happened to send me a link to a story about a guy who was doing what I’m doing – visiting low-cost countries for 3-month intervals and reporting on them on his Web sites. I contacted this man, Roger, by e-mail and he replied promptly. He asked how I was able to circumvent the Schengen Agreement in my plan to visit Greece and Italy simultaneously. I knew nothing about this agreement (treaty), so I investigated.
Rober, BTW, was responding from Turkey, which he calls very nice along the southern coast and has a low cost of living. So, I will begin investigating visiting Turkey for the third leg of my trip in March, and pushing Italy/Sicily to the final leg, May-July.
Turkey was not on my original spreadsheet list of possible countries to visit so I will start clean with my research and let you know what I find out. I doubt this information came to me coincidentally and thank Ron for thinking of me and sending the link. And Roger has offered to provide advice and support on my journeys, sharing his knowledge from numerous country visits.