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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 ...
... 8364;4 passage
for the two bikes and riders. Upon landing on the Bulgarian side
passport and customs formalities were dispensed with very quickly and
all that was left was to pay the port tax of €0.50c each.
Whilst waiting for the ferry we met a
young Dutch lad who was heading for Australia on his bicycle. We had
great craic with him but were happy in the end to be pressing a start
... 2 euros a litre! Dearer than the uk and Norway etc. That will probably be our biggest cost. At the border The first thing you could see were the huge 70 meter high minarets of the great mosque in Edirne. We checked out of Bulgaria then though the first check point to the 2nd. Ania had to buy a visa (€15) but Peter didn't. Then on to the next checkpoint where we had our vehicle checked over. We had to buy turkey car insurance for 60euros and then after all the ...
... by me.
After lunch we visited the largest of the local mosques. "Soaring toward the heavens, the vast Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Turkey, represents the pinnacle of Sinan's achievement. Light flooding through curtain walls illuminates geometric designs, arabesques, and phrases from the Koran. The mosque was built by Sinan in the 1570s for Selim II, Suleyman's son and successor." It was built to impress and I was impressed. Before we ...
... traffic, swarming pedestrian lanes, booths, carts and markets selling produce, bread, and at this time of year…lots of melons of various kinds. The big mosque squares are beautiful and peaceful oases amidst the bustle and hustle of the streets.
One of the largest and most architecturally satisfying mosques in Turkey is the huge Selimiye mosque from the 16th C which dominates the city and its skyline, but there are three other great mosques within just 3 or ...