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Travel Blogs from Edirne
... and had me in great form as we
made our way to Pleven for a petrol stop.
As we crossed a mountain range on route
35 between Pleven and Karlovo we saw a huge arch on top of a mountain
and wondered how close we could get to it. As we crested the
mountain we saw a little road up to the arch and rode up for a look.
It is huge and very reminiscent of Soviet memorials. It commemorates
1878 when according ...
... has the 2nd highest minarets in the world behind a mosque in Deli (I think). They really are impressive to look at. We had a meal of a traditional dish called ciger and it is deep fried peices of liver. Its actually really good. Spicy! We then sat in a outdoor cafe under the shadow of one of the mosques and drank tea and used the slow Internet to decide the next point on the map we head to. We can't seem to find a place to stay so another night in the micra camper. ...
... We drove in the rain all the way to Istanbul. The closer we got the more we could have been approaching any large modern city. The city is expanding rapidly. At one point I counted 20 construction cranes towering over a dozen 15-story high risers. Areas that used to contain cheap housing are being bulldozed and expensive new condos are being built. There are lots of new industrial buildings and shopping malls also. I saw little indication of ...
... platform in the centre, and a stairway climbing mysteriously eastward… for the Imam? Or symbolically for the people to aspire to climb to heaven?
The contrasts were amazing. In the little alleyways of the inner town were tiny little tailor shops and cobblers with their sewing machines and lasts, bakeries, electronic shops, shoe shines and barbers. Yet only an hour or so later we were in a gigantic modern “hypermarket”… a kind of ...
... But eventually we got out, unscathed, and began our journey to Edirne.
Driving out of Istanbul was pretty hairy - we learned very quickly that lane markings are considered "suggestions" and we assume Turkish people colour outside the lines. Speed limits are suggestions, too. As is any idea that one might observe a "safe" following distance. Between all these distractions and the added confusion over road signs (there was one that cropped up constantly, with ...
Other places to stay in Edirne
Maarif Street No 13 Kaleici, Edirne | Hotelfrom $66
D100 Karayolu Edirne Merkez, Edirne | Hotelfrom $63
Selimiye Camii Arkasi Hamam Sok. 3, Edirne | Hotelfrom $110
Talatpasa AsfaltI No 104, Edirne | Hotelfrom $59
Maarif Cad No 2 , Edirne | Hotelfrom $86
Talat Pasa Asfalti No 42 , Edirne | Hotelfrom $52
Maarif Cad. Bankalar Sok. No 6 , Edirne | Hotelfrom $53