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Longest bus trip ever today, 7:30 - 5:30. We had to cross the border between Turkey and Bulgaria which took about an hour but we didn't have to get off the bus this time, a man came on and took all our passports instead. We watched Top Gun and played a pop quiz which filled in a bit of time. When we arrived in Sofia we had a bit of time to settle in before we headed out for a walking tour of the city. The tour went for about 2 hours ...
... 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 ...
Other places to stay in Edirne
D100 Karayolu Edirne Merkez, Edirne | Hotelfrom $63
Maarif Street No 13 Kaleici, Edirne | Hotelfrom $66
Talatpasa AsfaltI No 104, Edirne | Hotelfrom $59
Selimiye Camii Arkasi Hamam Sok. 3, Edirne | Hotelfrom $110
Maarif Cad No 2 , Edirne | Hotelfrom $86
Talat Pasa Asfalti No 42 , Edirne | Hotelfrom $52
Maarif Cad. Bankalar Sok. No 6 , Edirne | Hotelfrom $53