please can someone clarify a point for me.
we are from australia and travelling in europe for 6 months - may to oct 2010 inclusive
on first reading about the schengen visa i concluded that we could spend 90 days of our 6 months in schengen countries and the other 3 months in non-schengen countries. i assumed this meant we could go in and out of schengen countries and the days would simply be added up as a total altogether over the 180 days and it wouldn't matter if we went in and out of schengen areas.
eg we start greece (schengen) go through albania - croatia (non schengen) back into italy, switzerland, austria, czech republic (schengen) over to UK (non-schengen) back to france, italy, greece (schengen) - or something similar to this.
I figured our itinerary and lengths of stays would be determined to a degree by this 90 days in schengen and the rest having to be non-schengen but it could be in any order and in and out of schengen /non-schengen countries.
BUT i have not been able to clarify if the 90 days is counted non-contiguously as i hope or the 90 days starts from the day we arrive in greece and just counts down for the next 90 days regardless of whether we are in a non-schengen area during this time. I have searched all over for this and the wording is sufficiently ambiguous for me to be concerned.
I apologise if this is stated somewhere but i have been unable to find it clearly written on this site or elsewhere.
any advice would be considered helpful thankyou