Selimiye Tasodalar Hotel
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... after the Russo-Turkish War, an
autonomous Bulgarian state was created within the Ottoman Empire by
the Treaty of Berlin in 1878. On the other side 1944 is remembered,
the Bulgarian coup d'état of 1944,
also known as the 9 September coup
d'état was a change in the Kingdom of Bulgaria's
administration and government carried out on the eve of 9 September
€3 buys a lunch of two warm ...
Yesterday was a horrible day as far as motivation. Today my mood was not much better but better and that is the main thing. I was able to start before 8:00 and get my ass on the bike and start the journey despite doubts and near complete exhaustion.
It was a bit cooler today - 34 degrees - and I had to get over two big mountains. Good thing is the biggest was first and I cleared it in the mourning before it was too hot. Right at the beginning ...
... along the highway.
The Hotel Armanda Ikram is a very nice place not far from the Bosporus. It is an old 3-story building that has been extensively reconditioned and remodeled. We have a big room on the top floor. There is a terrace above us on the roof and the restaurant is also up there beyond the terrace. Again, our bags arrived at the room just before time for dinner so we could freshen up and change clothes. We had dinner in the ...
... where brand new shoes and clothes could be bought, probably for less than one would have to pay the tailor or the cobbler downtown.
There was a fascinating mix of people, as I expect we will find all through the middle east. I most remember a group of 4 twenty something young women… one was wearing a tight but fashionable skirt and tank top with the word “Sexy” written across it, no head covering, while her friends were wearing fashionable ...
... 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 ...