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    • Day135

      Cold and hot

      October 11, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      The first time on this Europe trip, it was below 0°C during the night and our tent was frozen when we got up. It was hard to get out of the warm sleeping bag, but we hurried up to start cycling.
      After about 20km, we reached Karliova where we bought some bread for breakfast. People greeted us in a language that didn't sound like Turkish, so we assumed it was Kurdish. At the exit of the village, we saw a gas station with a bench, so we stopped here to eat our breakfast. The guys at the gas station were so friendly. When they heard our story, they brought us tea to warm up and some cake.They even got more bread from the bakery for us. One of them used to live in Hamburg, so he could translate. He told us that the majority of the people in Karliova are Kurds and speak Kurdish. When we finally left, they gave us a bottle of water each.
      The next 45km were rolling, up and down all the time, but with nice tailwinds from the North. Then, the wind changed to South unfortunately, so the rest of the day was harder. There's also much more police and military presence in this area. Unlike anywhere else in Turkey, we got stopped twice today for a passport control.
      We stopped in Genc for lunch before conquering the hardest part of the day: 3 steep climbs (around 10%) of about 200m each. And by now, the afternoon sun was burning, so we sweat a lot. Shortly after the top of the last pass, we found a spring to fill up water. And as we like camping up in the mountains, we decided to pitch the tent nearby, have dinner and watch the sunset. At least, it's already a lot warmer than last night.
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      Romantik pur ☺️Das Bild könnte Werbung für Radreisen in einem Reiseprospekt sein👍


      So wenig Verkehr auf dieser schönen Straße, herrlich.

    • Day136

      Checkpoint adventures

      October 12, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Today, we had to cross 5 military checkpoints on our way. At the first one, they looked serious and checked our passports. At the second one, they just waved and asked us where we were going, at the third, where we were from. And at the forth, they invited us for cold Fanta and buiscuits. They were even happy to take a photo with us (where they put on their mask 😉). At the fifth checkpoint, all of them stopped all other activities and came for a chat. But when they only had Turkish, Russian and Arabic to offer which didn't match with German, English, French nor Spanish, we all laughed and they wished us a good day.
      We also left the mountaineous area and came into a rather flat and dry region. It was really hot again. What a difference to those freezing temperatures just a day ago! At one of the gas stations, we were invited to tea and buiscuits again. However, we were happy when we arrived in Diyarbakır where we relax in the shade in a park to wait for Atakan. Atakan is a German teacher at a private school and member of the Diyarbakır bicycle club. Firat, our host from Güzelyani at the coast, had organized this contact. And we experienced Turkish hospitality at it's best: First, he took us to his apartment to have a shower and do laundry. Then we went back to the bicycle club, where we could stay. The manager of the club had already ordered food for delivery for us. Then, one by one, more members of the club joined our round. They knew from their WhatsApp group that we were in town and wanted to get to know us. We had tea and fruits and many nice talks. Some spoke a little bit of English and Atakan was busy translating.
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    • Day137

      Big wall

      October 13, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      This morning, we had a very special tour through Diyarbakır or Amed, how the Kurds call the city. Fırat grew up in the impressive old town and showed us the most interesting places, cafés and viewpoints. The old town is surrounded by a huge wall. It's the second biggest one in the world after the Great Wall of China and dates back some 2000 years. It's massive, when you stand in front of it.
      First, we visited the castle with some typical Diyarbakır style houses and had coffee with a view over River Tigris. Fırat gave us some background information about the history of Amed and Mesopotamia. Next, we saw the markets, some blacksmiths, mosques, a minaret on 4 "feet" and a Kervansaray. We had tea at a couple of places, talked to Fırat's friends who gave us some delicious spiced bread and ended up in another tea shop at the South gate of the city centre. We overlooked Hevsel Gardens that are - as the city itself - UNESCO world heritage site. Here, agriculture has been practices for some 8000 years.
      In the afternoon, we relaxed at the bike club before meeting again in a Kervansaray for a glass of wine and some cheese. Fırat had invited some friends as well as Atakan and his dance partner. The atmosphere in the bar was great - lots of young people, almost everyone drinking wine and laughing. Could have been in a wine bar in Germany (in summer though...) 😉
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    • Day255

      Euphrat und Tigris

      April 14, 2021 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      D‘Landschaft hie isch prägt vo zwe grosse Flüss, dr Euphrat und dr Tigris. Derzue hets ganz viu Dörfli, wo mehrheitlech vo kurdische Hirte und Buure bewohnt wärde. Und was es hie ou git si schwümmendi Chue😊Read more

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      Diyarbakir Grand Mosque

      October 29, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      An unusual 2 mosque complex in one facility, one Sunni, one Shafi and a madrassa for each. The interior pics are all of the Shafi mosque as prayer time began. So we didn't visit the Sunni mosque. I'm told that the building is designed after the Grand Mosque of Damascus.
      Like much of Turkey, cultures come together. In this case, it is mostly Kurdish and Syrian as this is not too far from the Syrian border. The double mosque reflects that the Kurds are generally Sunni, while the syrians are generally Shafi.
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      Hi Skip. Anne here from the Borneo Sarawak trip, January 2020. I can't believe you are travelling. I live in Victoria, Australia and we have been in hard lockdown since March with restrictions just eased this week but interstate and international travel banned for us. I am craving some travel and very jealous of you. Stay healthy, bye Anne

      skip's retirement travel

      good to hear from you. I had gotten to and past that point and simply decided I needed to find someplace to go. turkey is open. so here I am

      skip's retirement travel

      best to you both

    • Day12

      Karavanserei in Diyarbakır

      July 31 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 40 °C

      Erhohlung pur nach 40 Grad!

      Zuerst hiess es, es gäbe kein Zimmer mehr - full. Dann nach einem Anruf wird uns per Übersetzer mitgeteilt: ‚Wir haben einen Milchraum‘. Na gut, dann nehmen wir den Milchraum :-).

      Nach einer kühlen Cola ab zum Pool - nöööööö, der wird grad geputzt. Neeeeeeeeeiiiiiiiin! Warum grad heute?
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      Is this a caravan serai ?




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