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Turkey – Istanbul, Dogbiscuit, Some Raki, And A Genius Idea

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Turkish Border Guard 101 – note the serious faces required
(Dogubayazit, Turkey)
We rolled over the border into Turkey, to great amusement for the Turkish border guards. My Iranian helpers disappeared in a flash. Most probably because they managed to break my number plate while pushing Boris over the border. Huseyn the friendly border guard (who just happened to of studied…

Is that the Bosphorus Straits? It sure is!! – Leg 4 is complete!!

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Is that the Bosphorus Straits? It sure is!!
(Istanbul, Turkey)
Hi All,
Boris, Kiwi Ted and I arrived in Istanbul safely. We crossed the Bosphorus Straits on Saturday to complete Leg 4 of The Great Game Expedition in unconventional style. Due to Boris’ gearbox problems we covered the last 4000 kms on the back of a range of trucks and…

12/11/2013 – 160 days/15248 miles

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I just made it to India, but am waiting on my bike. I’m having some serious motorcycle withdrawals and have almost considered renting one of these…

Other than that, I’m photoless, but here’s the story of how my shipping experience went out of Turkey…
 
I spent two days with the guys at the cargo area of the Istanbul airport.…

12/10/2013 – 159 days/15248 miles

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I’m heading to India.
I’m really excited.
I’m going with virtually no plans.

I’m excited mainly because I don’t really have any idea about what to expect.  I’ve never been there, but of course know plenty of people that have, so I’ve heard stories and descriptions…it’s beautiful, there’s poor people, traffic is bad, people are wonderful, food is good, it’s…

12/06/2013 – 155 days/15241 miles

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My friend, Hazal, and I made a trip to Cappadocia.  With my bike being stored at the airport in preparation for the flight to India, we took a flight there, and left the bike behind. Cappadocia is a region in central Turkey that is known for it’s incredibly unique landscape.
The first cool thing about Cappadocia is the natural rock…

12/03/2013 – 152 days/15241 miles

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The original Galata Tower, built in 528, was used as a lighthouse and as the northern end of the “great chain”, which was stretched across the golden horn to prevent enemy ships from passing. It was destroyed in 1203, during the 4th Crusade. In 1348, the tower was rebuilt at a slightly different site (this is what still stands today)…

11/28/2013 – 147 days/15224 miles

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Not surprisingly, Istanbul makes me feel further from home than anywhere I’ve been yet…both geographically and culturally. After five days here, I don’t have much desire to move on. I think this is due to the fact that there’s a seemingly infinite amount of things to see here, and I met a lovely girl that’s showing me around to all…

Door Turkije

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Meer foto’s volgen. De internetverbinding is te slecht.
Safranbolu

Safranbolu is het Turkse stadje waar de traditionele houten huizen het beste bewaard zijn gebleven. Het heeft schilderachtige straatjes, hoewel het niet groot is en erg toeristisch. De ochtend begint grijs, later breekt de zon door.

Capadocië

We gaan verder richting Capadocië. We maken doorsteken om Ankara te vermijden en rijden…

Istanboel en Zwarte Zee

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Istanboel

Onze derde dag in Istanboel begint goed. We halen onze Iraanse visa op en staan in vijf minuten weer buiten. Dit wordt een echt culturele dag. We bekijken eerst de Aya Sophia. Hoewel we er al eerder geweest zijn blijft het indrukwekkend wat ze vijftienhonderd jaar geleden wisten te bouwen. We lunchen in een druk, net tentje en bekijken…

Door Griekenland naar Turkije

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Ioannina

We maken een korte trek van Albanië naar Griekenland. We rijden door een mooie, bergachtige omgeving, maar de bergen in Griekenland zijn niet zo ruig als in Albanië. We stoppen in een dorpje om brood te kopen. Geen winkel te vinden, maar wel vier terrassen waar Grieken koffie zitten te drinken. Het bevestigt alle vooroordelen over de Grieken, maar…

East of Bor, Turkey, lovely terrain

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We found a fantastic piece of road, just east of Bor in Turkey on the way to Iskenderun and the sea gateway to Africa.
Absolutely lovely piece of road, check it out!
Nic…

Cappadocia – The lunar land!

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Cappadocia – the land of lunar landscapes and surreal scenery full of ancient churches and cave dwellings, which is situated deep in the heart of Turkey. Cappadocia consists of soft volcanic tuff that has been sculpted over million years into incredible shapes by water and erosion. The result of this amazing geological process is fascinating: huge stone mushrooms called “chimney…

Three Lakes

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After Pamukkale we were driving towards Cappadocia, however we needed to do some stops as the distance was around 660 kilometers. It was 3 days of driving around this part of Turkey, which is not really touristy. We passed like 20 signs saying “Ada” and we were wondering what my name could mean in Turkish. Our first camp was at…

Pamukkale and Hierapolis

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Pamukkale is one the famous attractions in Turkey, but the town itself is not really big. We arrived there quite late, and even parking somewhere on the street for the night seemed to be difficult. We found the only one campsite there, but we couldn’t negotiate a good price with the owner. We needed to look around for different place.…

Ephesus – the archeological site

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Even if you are not interested in ancient culture, the beauty of the ruins of Efes will impress you. This site is really well-preserved and you can get vision and feeling how life looked here in Roman times. Especially taking into consideration information that first brothel (Public House) was built exactly in Ephesus . Unfortunately, the beauty of this site…

Selcuk and Ephesus (Efes)

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It looks that, after Bergama and Perganum, we still weren’t fed up with ancient history and architecture and we drove towards Ephesus. We stopped in Selcuk, not only because Roman ruins of Ephesus are on its doorstep, but also because of the Temple of Artemis, which used be one of the 7th Wonders of the Antic World –  that Temple…

Bergama

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A long time ago, actually from 3rd century BC to 1st century AD Bergama or if you prefer Perganum was one of the richest and powerful small kingdoms of the Mediterranean See. Today it is an extensive and well presented site of ruins situated on hill on the outskirts of the city. We had an amazing opportunity to visit this…

Turkey to Egypt

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Two posts in one day? A public holiday in Egypt with a car stuck in customs allows for these little lucky breaks. We arrived at Iskenderun on the Friday to buy our ferry tickets. These were bought through an agent for Sisa shipping, Remon Travel. Tickets weren’t cheap – $180 each and another $590 for the car. We spent a…

More Turkey

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At the campsite we were staying at in Cappadocia a large overland truck arrived with about 20 people on their way to Australia over the next 5 months. Unfortunately when there are a large number of people in the same campsite you have to share precious things like hot water and water pressure. You also invariably get yourself into at…

Turkey

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Leaving the security blanket of the EU and crossing over from Greece into Turkey was good training for the coming months. All Jules required with her wonderful maroon UK passport was 15 euros and she got a sticker. My not so wonderful green mamba South African passport meant I was sent back and forth between Visas and Border Control several…

Friendly Oto-men

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Tuesday 11th to Wednesday 12th December 2012.
Bolu, Istanbul, Svilengrad.
The next morning we ate from the hotel’s buffet breakfast before setting off. We dined quietly with the many business men staying in the hotel. It was all very civilized and, well, sterile and unfriendly. Back on the road we turned Bluebelle’s heating up to full in a desperate attempt…

Day 19: Izkenderun

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Salaam!
Whilst sitting looking longingly at the Mediterranean from Izkendurun, we realise we have reached purgatory. Now that our departure for Egypt and Africa has been arranged for the precise time of “some time between Friday morning and midnight Saturday,” we sit, and wait. Although, that is technically a lie – Harry has been buying nuts and bolts to fix…

Any Port in a Storm

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As we pulled our mud-caked vehicle alongside the twilight outline of the Flintstone’s Cave hostel in Goreme, Cappadocia we were greeted by welcoming staff and a few friendly Erasmus students.
“Looks like you’ve had fun, what have you been up to?” one enquired.
It would be a few days before the obscure images of the past 24 hours had cleared…

The Struggle Back to Square One

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I am squinting into the midday sun, clinging to the side railings of our Landrover. Crystallized salt burns in the criss-cross cuts in my hands and my eyes no longer focus with exhaustion  I am caked in drying clay that hinders all movement and dexterity  Our car is tilting to roughly thirty five degrees, the maximum point, beyond which it will roll. We have been dragged twenty metres, sliding laterally across an embankment by a tow truck.…

TURKEY

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Gallipoli 13/9/2012
Kilometres travelled: 30,639
Well the good ship Nikolay Konarev finally loaded our vehicles amongst 65 huge Turkish trucks and set sail for Mersin Turkey at 3.00am in the morning of Friday 1st September- 5 days after we first arrived in Port Said and 3 days past scheduled departure. Probably not too bad a delay for Egypt all things…

Turkey

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Our remaining Iranian crony made a running jump out of the car as the border gates between Iran and Turkey rolled back to save himself from the temptations of the other side.
A kindly Turkish border officer greeted us with big smile and a chuckle.  It seems the relief on our faces to be finally out of Iran was a…

Africa 420 – Romania 1

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Turcia/ Turkey – Bulgaria – Romania 30/07 – 02/08

Ca de obicei cand ne-a placut un loc, am stat la taclale pana tarziu, desi a doua zi aveam de taiat Turcia de-a lungul, din Cappadocia pana la tarmul marii Egee. Dimineata a fost panica.
Intra in scena Ceaiul Turcesc, solutia lichida anti-somnorosi.
We knew the drill. We had a killer…

Minunata anormalitate/ Beautiful Freaks

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Turcia/ Turkey 28 – 30/07

Pe la jumatatea diminetii celei de-a patra zi de cand suisem la bordul navei, nu mai eram singuri pe mare. Mediterana parea neschimbata, dar orizontul era intrerupt de siluetele catorva vapoare. In sfarsit! Am asteptat ca ceva extraordinar sa aiba loc, dar nu a urmat nimic deosebit. Viata la bord era prea usoara, iar trecerea…

Turkey – Well not much of it…

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Gemma: After having three parts of Beefy break down on us in Europe, and all of the touristy things we have done so far costing lots of pennies, we decided the best plan of action was to plough on through Turkey, straight down to Mersin (the port at the other side) in order to get over to Egypt ASAP. Hopefully…