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Best Photos of Turkey, Iran & Central Asia!!

August 29, 2011 – 8:55 am No Comments
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Day 131 – Boogie on the Bus!

August 9, 2010 – 11:15 pm 6 Comments

Not one of our best night’s sleeps, but no surprises there!  At one point the coach was breaking sharply and woke me up and I had a view straight down the aisle and out the windscreen, as we lurched over unmade road, at quite a speed towards even more coaches, hence the heavy breaking!  Rog had crawled over onto the back seat for the night and I had the 2 seats and my head on some giant parcels in the aisle, so compared to others we had quite a lot of room. (more…)

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Day 130 – On Our Way!

August 8, 2010 – 10:55 pm 1 Comment

We found a lovely, small hotel (Hivas Hotel), last night, wonderful air conditioning which we haven’t had for weeks!  It is just around the corner from the bus office, and the coach leaves from there.  We should have had a good night’s sleep, but it was fairly restless as I think we both were a little apprehensive about today!   (more…)

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Day 129 – The Wheels on the Bus Go Round & Round, But Not With Us On It!

August 7, 2010 – 11:32 am 9 Comments

It could have been the wrong day, the wrong driver, the wrong tour company, but whatever it was, it was not meant to be! (more…)

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Day 128 – Hassle at the Turkmenistan Consulate!

August 6, 2010 – 11:32 pm 3 Comments

Something I forgot to tell you all yesterday, we met another touring cyclist! We met Francisco from Spain cycling towards us just leaving Istanbul. He’d flown in a few days before and was now just starting out on his way home, going via Bulgaria and Serbia and so we were able to give him some pointers, whilst pouring over his map in the middle of the cycle path!
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Day 127 – To Yesilkoy (Again!)

August 5, 2010 – 3:57 pm 3 Comments

A good ride over to the Turkmenistan Consulate and we got there at 9.20ish. (more…)

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Day 126 – Heybeliada (One of the Princes’ Islands)

August 4, 2010 – 4:15 pm 7 Comments

Today we’ve had a great day; we’ve been to one of  the Princes’ Islands. (more…)

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Day 125 – Searching for Vaccine!

August 3, 2010 – 11:03 pm 4 Comments

I realised a couple of days’ ago that we need a couple more injections to make us fully vaccinated!   We need our 3rd (and last) Tic-Borne Encephatlitis and our 2nd (and last) Hepatitis A injection.   We couldn’t have them earlier as they had to be 6 months plus after the last one and so I knew we’d have to get them done on the road.  I had scheduled  Istanbul to get them done because a) it’s a big place with lots of travellers and b) it was correct timewise.  However, we’ve been here a while and I’d completely forgotten them until yesterday.   So a quick bit of research on the net and we found a Yellow Fever clinic and thought they’d be able to help us, as you have to be fairly organised to be a Yellow Fever clinic.   The Doctor there told us that we won’t get the Tic Borne vaccine in Turkey, and we could go to a chemist a buy the Hep A vaccine and bring it to him and he can vaccinate us.  So off we went and there is no shortage of chemists in Istanbul I can tell you, there is one every 50 metres or so!!   However, we tried 2 chemists and gave up!  They spoke English and I had the vaccine we need written down – we need Hepatitis A (Havrix Monodos) and both chemists tried to give us tablets – firstly Larium, which is an antimalarial drug  and the second one Monodoks which is Doxycycline an antibiotic!! They looked a little puzzled when I said “no, that’s not what we want”!!    In the 2nd pharmacy we had help from another English speaker as well.   There are a few more clinics we can try and maybe we will otherwise I think we’ll have to wait until probably India, but really wanted the Hep A doing asap.

Had a trip over to Sultanahmet to visit our old hotel to see if our final package had arrived – posted by my sister about 3 weeks’ ago, but no it is still not here!   We then visited the little restaurant run by Orhan’s brother (Kurdish chap who lives in Manchester and previous to that lived in Germany for many years.  He has a son, Diyar, who is working in his uncle’s little restaurant for the summer).  It is good to talk with them and learn more about Turkey.  They have a large family there in Turkey, uncles, brothers, cousins – everyone seems to know everyone!  Diyar must be a good asset to his uncle, speaking Turkish, English and German, and whilst we were there they had some German diners turn up!  Their little place is in Kadirga Limani Cadessi, just around the corner from the lovely Mosque we like the Kucukayasofyat’s, it’s a tiny place with just 2 tables outside and 2 inside, but they do lovely kebabs and at an extremely reasonable cost – much below the tourist prices elsewhere.  In fact, today, they wouldn’t let us pay, which is a lovely gesture and very true of the Turkish generosity.

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Day 124 – Uzbekistan Visa

August 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm 5 Comments

Today we’ve cycled to a suburb of Istanbul called Istinye, located on the North Western shore of the Bosporus.  It is popular for its cafes and seafood restaurants and rich inhabitants; we passed some lovely properties.   (more…)

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Day 123 – Sympathy Vote!

August 1, 2010 – 4:55 pm 6 Comments

“Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone” The Dhammapada

What a competitive husband I have!

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