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  • Day105

    Familiar faces from Moldowa

    September 11, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Today, we started on quiet secondary roads, passed through Urfa with its small market streets and arrived in Sigacik after some 30km. Sigacik is a tourist town, but not too big. It's beautifully located in a bay and the atmosphere was nice, so we had our breakfast on a bench in the harbour. We found a bakery that sold yummy rye bread and had olives with it that we got from Erdal the other day.
    Then we continued on secondary roads until we reached Cumhuriyet where we had to go on the main road again. From here, cycling was a bit of a fight as the road was busy and we basically passed one ugly town after the other. The sea looked awesome though, so we decided to cycle no longer than 1pm and find a campground at the beach. At the campground, we met Alexander and Olga, a couple from Moldova travelling by motorcycle who we had met on another campground further North about a week ago. What a small world! To celebrate, we decided to have a BBQ and Alexander took me on his motorbike to buy some meet from the butcher's in the next town.
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    CundA aus NY

    So nah am Wasser ein schöner Platz

  • Day102

    One year on the bikes

    September 8, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    It's been exactly one year now that we flew to Vancouver in order to cycle South to Patagonia. And now we are in Turkey - definitely not what we expected!
    We had an easy day ahead of us, so we slept in, had breakfast and left Tara's around 9am. The way to Dikili wasn't particularly interesting, rather flat. Most of the time, we had a more or less sandy beach to our right, but with basically no shade, so we didn't stop. We also passed uncountable houses that all looked the same. All holiday or retirement homes and still heaps of construction going on.
    In Dikili, we bought some lunch at a supermarket and when we got out, I realized I had a flat tire. The first on the whole trip! After it was fixed, we looked for a nice beach bar to spend the afternoon. We found one where we could swim and relax until it was time to meet Erdal. We had met him some days ago on the road where he was on a motorbike trip and stopped to talk to us and invite us to his place in Dikili. He and his wife met us at the beach. They brought homebrewed beers and we watched the sunset. Afterwards, we went to their apartment and had an amazing fish dinner. It seemed like they wanted us to gain 3kg within one night, that's how much we had to eat 😉 And of course, we got some Raki with it as well, so we only rolled into bed after finishing everything.
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  • Day104

    The Izmir bypass

    September 10, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    We got up with a nice view of Foça bay. Then we cycled into town to have breakfast. We had heard of a boat going from Foça to Karaburun which we wanted to take. But after talking to many people, it looked like there's a 95% chance the boat had stopped for the season already. Even with the help of some locals we couldn't find an official info, but didn't want to look any longer.
    Instead, we had to go towards Izmir which we wanted to avoid because of the traffic. However, in the end, it wasn't too bad. After a shorter stretch on a less busy main road, we could go on secondary roads and then even on a bike path along the coast with no cars nearby. We even saw lots of flamingos here! When we got closer to the city, we took a ferry to the other side of the bay, from where we continued to Urla. This part wasn't fun as we had to fight headwinds all the time. We were quite tired when we arrived in Urla and decided to stay in a hotel as camping options were rather rare.
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  • Day103

    Eurovelo 8 to Foça

    September 9, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    The day started with a big breakfast, so we were ready for another day on the road. Today, we first had to cycle against crazy head and side winds for about 25km. Then, we had to go on the highway. It was busy, but at least we had mainly tailwinds. Just after Aliaga, there's a huge port for container ships, so the area is pretty ugly, full of industrial buildings and trucks loaded with the goods. As all of this was no fun to ride, we tried to pass it as fast as possible and only stopped for a break when we reached Yenifoça after 70km. The village is beautiful, located in a bay with a beach and an old town center. Interestingly, we saw signs of Eurovelo 8 here, pointing to Foça where we headed next. The route went along a stunning coastline, full of tiny bays with turquoise water. We stopped at one of them for some beach time before continuing to the town center for dinner. Foça seems to be as nice as everyone told us it would be, so we are looking forward to seeing more of it tomorrow morning. For now, we are camping a bit outside of town. It's a popular campspot as it's located on a peninsula from which you can see the sunset on one side and the sun rising above the Foça bay on the other.Read more

  • Day204


    February 22 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    Nach nun vielen Nächten im warmen und bei türkischen Familien freuten wir uns sehr auf die Nächte im Zelt, die kuscheligen Schlafsäcke und etwas Zeit für uns. Wir wurden fündig kurz vor Izmir, am Rande eines Rübenfeldes und Umgeben von Rebbergen und einer Schnellstrasse. Am nächsten Tag kämpften wir uns durch den Verkehr von Izmir, oft jedoch auf Radwegen, um am Abend etwas entkräftet Kaynaklar zu erreichen. Dort erwartete uns bereits Arthur mit seinem Hund Pepite und viele Kletterwände für die nächsten Tage.Read more

  • Day18

    Urla: It’s All About Food

    March 15, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    Took advantage of a 75F day — with mostly sunny skies — to head out to Urla, a seaside suburb of İzmir. Even when a breeze came up, it was comfortable enough to wander around with just a lightweight sweater ... felt good on this early spring day ... especially since we’re expecting the temperature to drop quite a bit starting tomorrow.

    First we went to the shore, parked the car, and took a stroll on the waterfront promenade. While some of the shore-side cafes and such were quite crowded, where we walked was nearly deserted. Then we found a café — Dokuz ... which means “nine” and is a reference to the building’s street number — to enjoy some beverages.

    It was too hot in the sun to sit outdoors ... and it was too crowded anyway. To practice social distancing, we took a table indoors. The raspberry parfait — flavored hot chocolate — that I ordered was exceptionally tasty ... even if they were out of marshmallows.

    Around 1:30p, we piled back into the car and went to Urla proper. Our destination was a restaurant that Aylin and Murat had enjoyed previously on the recommendation of a friend. Apparently they had planned to take us there for my birthday ... but that’s almost a month hence and we’ll be long gone by then.

    Ortaya — which translates as “into the middle,” is a lovely restaurant. While it is possible to order individual mains, the premise is to order a bunch of dishes to share ... sort of like tapas or mezes, but with a twist on Turkish cuisine. As it was an off hour for a meal — neither lunch or dinner — we were just one of two tables in the entire place ... perfect for social distancing.

    We started off with a selection of dishes called “tepsi” ... which means tray in English. It consisted of six different mezes ... all very tasty 😋 Then we ordered three other dishes to share from the mains section of the menu ... all very tasty 😋 Finally we wrapped up with three delicious desserts to share ... 😋 A long, chatty meal that was a delight to share with family.

    A wonderful day amidst the COVID-19 chaos.


    For those interested, I’ll note the various dishes here since there’s no way I can fit the information in the photo captions.

    Tepsi (Clockwise from top left): Tsatsiki with pomegranate; smoked eggplant dip topped with fried onions; fine bulgur salad with beets; Çerkez tavuğu (a dip made with chicken) topped with sun dried tomatoes; humus with sweet pumpkin and smoked paprika; celery root with quince.

    Mains: Spicy home-style potatoes in a cream sauce; rocket salad with poached quince and goat cheese ... with red wine vinaigrette; smoked beef slices.

    Dessert: Quince with kaymak (cream); San Sebastian (a type of cheesecake); tart with baked tahini filling.
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    So glad you described the dishes. Wonderful. Wishing for you a wonderful time while you are there.

    Two to Travel

    🙏🏻🙏🏻 doing our best to make the most of our time here.

    Sonia Gelman

    Enjoy few more days before your flight to US. We are flying home (i hope) on 22nd.

    Two to Travel

    🙏🏻 and 🤞🏻for as smooth traveling as possible for us all considering the circumstances. Got BizClass award tickets ... at least fewer people in the cabin. The part of the trip I dread is Houston-Denver as that is where we’ll likely hit snags. Best to be prepared for the worst and be pleasantly surprised if it turns out to be no problem.

  • Day21

    Last Day of Abbreviated Europe Trip

    March 18, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 46 °F

    Our departure day is nearly at hand ... much earlier than anticipated when we set out from Colorado on 27 February. Tomorrow morning we head to the airport to begin the long haul back.

    We’re sad, but the circumstances are what they are. Our goal now is to get home safe and sound. Reports from several friends who have entered the US from overseas in the past few days indicate no hassles or delays at the airports ... at least at the international terminals. 🤞🏻our experience follows suit.

    This morning Aylin hosted us for breakfast. Afterwards, Mui and I left to get haircuts at the barber at the US military facility here in İzmir ... one less thing to have to deal with when we get home.

    Since we had time before our appointment, we decided to take a circuitous route to get to the barber. The weather was nice and a bit of fresh air was in order ... felt really good after two bone-chillingly cold days. I’ve never seen Kordon, the waterfront promenade, this deserted ... except perhaps on census day. With all the bars, pubs, cafés, bistros, coffee houses, and similar establishments temporarily closed by government decree, only a few souls were out and about ... and most of those people were fishing on the boardwalk. The shops were mostly deserted ... some limiting the number of patrons who can enter at any one time to two or three.

    I’m now at mom’s ... Aylin and Murat joined us for afternoon tea. As did Mui ... after taking care of a few last minute errands. We’ll have dinner together as a family before Mui and I head back to the condo for an early night ... we’ll be off to the airport at 6:00a.
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    Travel safe and praying for you to get home as easily as possible. Such a sweet family Mui selfie.

    Two to Travel

    Thx ... so far haven’t heard of anyone having trouble or hassle ... more world cruisers reporting their entries from various parts of the world. That’s good news.

  • Day20

    Turkey’s Kolonya Culture

    March 17, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 48 °F

    Limon Kolonyası. What is that, you ask? It’s cologne with a lemon fragrance, though there are other aromas as well ... lavender being another popular version ... as is lily. Every household in Turkey has a bottle of two on a shelf or in a cabinet ... always.

    Kolonya has a high alcohol content — as much as 80% — which gives it a refreshing quality. It’s quite popular to offer it to guests for that purpose. Or to be offered some when you go to a restaurant ... or into a shop ... or even when you travel by bus on a long distance trip. It’s very much a staple that is readily offered to people who go to visit a sick person ... whether in a hospital or at home. I can think of a lot of other circumstances where kolonya is used, but you get the idea. It is and always has been part of daily life in Turkey.

    Of course, due to its alcohol content, kolonya also has an anti-bacterial effect ... always a good thing ... even more so in this day and age of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a good tradition to continue for sure.

    Which explains the long lines at the outlet shop of one of the producers of this fragrant cologne. Mui encountered this long line when he went downtown to pick up a couple of bottles for mom and Aylin. Needless to say, with no social distancing in this queue, he opted to pass on the purchase. He’ll pick up some from a pharmacy instead.

    We’ve already picked up and packed in our bags a couple of bottles of a different brand that we prefer to bring back to the US ... as we do every year. Might pick up an extra bottle this year 😉
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  • Day17

    Chores & Errands in İzmir

    March 14, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    Despite the chaos around the world, all is well in our tiny corner of it. We’re doing everything we can to keep it that way ... washy, washy of hands is at the top of our prevention measures.

    After working on revising this year’s overseas jaunt, Mui went out to run errands. I spent the afternoon with mom and Aylin. After dinner with the family, we returned home. A load of laundry was in order ... need clean clothes to wear while we’re here. Another small load or two tomorrow should see us through to our departure.

    Tomorrow we’ll go out and have some fun. The weather promises to be delightful.
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  • Day19

    All’s Well!

    March 16, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☁️ 48 °F

    Just checking in. Not a very exciting day ... which is not necessarily a bad thing these days. It’s a bitterly cold day with a strong wind making the chill worse than it should have been based on temperature alone.

    A few chores and errands ... some internet work ... some iPad Kindle reading ... a few more rows of knitting.

    Oh ... and we canceled a few car rental reservations and the B&B we had booked for our brief stay in England in May. All were pay-on-arrival ... so no financial impact to us from our change in plans. I’m going to work on canceling the more complicated arrangements after we get home.

    All’s well in our little corner of the world.
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