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We have breakfast in the pink dining room of the Cevizlibag Otel and are away by 9am.
Having failed miserably to pay the speeding fines at the Post Office yesterday, our first stop is at the town bank where Charly and Karl-Heinz waste an hour in a second futile attempt to pay the speeding tickets they picked up a few days ago. Being a good boy I have no fine to pay unlike my criminal riding companions.
My apologies on the delay in posting, I was without Internet for the last week. So, after returning from Iraq, I continued my journey in eastern Turkey. At this point I was getting a little tired out of the traditional Muslim areas during Ramadan (missing the simple things, like easy access to food during the day). So, I went through this section a little quicker than planned. Also, I was starting to get a little antsy being in one place for so ...
... beautiful and gigantic Lake Van. If this lake was elsewhere there would be sky rises, boulevards and water sporting resorts on every edge. It's beautiful cause it lacks this infrastructure. We arrived in Dogubayazit around 1:30pm and after a briefing with Karen regarding dress code for Iran and Pakistan, we headed out to shop! We initially tried to see if we could ...
... that there was an increasing military presence which was not surprising given the proximity to the Syrian and Iranian borders. And on route I saw my first road sign to Iran, and I am gutted not to be going there because every book I have read says that they are the most hospitable people in the world, and the people I have met and spoken to on this trip, who have been there have only confirmed that view with bells on. . And the last thing was the huge number of ...
... Lake Van also boasts a (rumored) monster making it a bit like Loch Ness in Scotland.
After our arrival we took a short hike to explore Van Kalesi (Castle), also known as the Rock of Van, an ancient Urartu fortress dating from the eighth century BC. From the top of the which the ruins of the castle sit upon, there is are spectacular views for 360º around including views of Van Lake. A great time to ascend the hilltop ...