EFE Hotel Edirne
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We were breakfasted and on the road by
8.30am this morning. Yes. I know. I couldn't believe it myself to
be honest. Such silliness is not in the general working (or leisure)
practices of my companion. Still, it was good to be on the road
early, if not a little cold.
Through the very shabby and run-down
town of Corabia and on to Tunur Magurele where we just arrived in
time for a ferry across the River Danube ...
... coffee and wash and then again to look at the various fighter jets that seem to be placed all around Bulgaria in the most random places. When we got to the border we could see Greece on one side of us and Turkey in front of us. We found the last petrol station before the border and filled up to the brim. The petrol in turkey is one of the most expensive in the world. Can you believe it? Its surrounded by oil rich countries but the tax is so high thay it works ...
... final stretch. While we ate the two busses and the tour leaders & guide went back to collect our luggage.
The restaurant had long tables set up outside on a paved slab covered by a tin roof. We had a good lunch with several courses of local cuisine. It was the first lunch that I had in a long time that was served without alcohol. I wondered if that was because the owners were Islamic. I had my first Pepsi Lite in a long time and that ...
... there is only ourselves and two separate German couples. There is a great swimming pool, but it is empty now. It is costing about $22, so not too bad.
We’ll check out Edirne, our first Turkish city, tomorrow.
Well, we are only a few dozen kms into Turkey, but Edirne gave us a good taste of things to come. Our first reaction was, wow, now this is different! Downtown Edirne is filled with dramatic minarets and mosques, surrounded ...
We rose early to the dawn call to prayer (5:15am) and spent some time listening to the early morning bustle of the city before preparing to leave Istanbul. The Atlantis Hotel gives you breakfast on the roof, so we headed up right at the start of breakfast and snagged a table in the open-air terrace. Next to our table was a potted tree with a small koala toy hanging off one of the branches - a little reminder of home for us. The view was great - the Blue Mosque's minarets ...