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    • Day 1,160

      Einer dieser Tage...

      April 27, 2023 in Turkey ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Eğirdir ist echt niedlich. Man steht ruhig, aber die Stadt ist zu Fuß schnell zu erreichen. Ein Markt gleich nebenan.

      Da der Sturm um 90 Grad gedreht hatte, wollte ich den Wagen wieder in den Wind stellen. Die Gelegenheit habe ich gleich genutzt und bin abgefahren. 6 Grad, Sturm und Regen. Nein Danke

      Also los weiter Richtung Izmir. Ich hatte mir eine Tankstelle mit Rastplatz auserkoren, falls ich nicht vorher schlapp mache. Nach 268km und knapp 5 Stunden war ich da. Eine Stunde später aber wieder weg. Toll gegessen, Tank voll gemacht und freundliche Menschen. Nur Straße, also laut, also weiter. Der Regen hatte mittlerweile aufgehört.
      Park4Night spricht von einem großen Parkplatz bei den alten Tempeln. Zum Glück bin ich die letzten 200 Meter vorher abgegangen, denn da war nicht nur ein matschiger Weg, sondern auch ein Bach, der überquert werden wollte. Gut, hat ja auch gegossen, wie verrückt. Das wäre lustig geworden.
      Ein paar Meter weiter kann man aber auch stehen und da bleibe ich jetzt auch. Ich bin platt.

      TV geht auch wieder. Spart viel Datenvolumen.

      Ruhige Nacht gehabt. Meine Hunde passen auf und haben mich vor den Schafen gewarnt

      Man merkt, das wir nicht mehr sehr hoch in den Bergen sind. Ich bin im T-Shirt gelaufen
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    • Day 22

      Parkeringsplads - perfekt med børn

      November 28, 2022 in Turkey ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      Kæmpestor parkeringsplads med direkte adgang til gigantisk legeplads, der er velholdt og med flot park og badeland også.

      Nem adgang til shopping, dagligvarer og byliv. Og læge hvis det er dét man er der for #hejskoldkopper

      Har været parkeret her i et par dage, naboerne hilser og der er renovationsmulighed og vandhane ikke langt derfra.
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    • Day 21

      Fantastisk smuk rute

      November 27, 2022 in Turkey ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

      Vejen her op er alt det jeg elsker! Stejl, smal, ingen autoværn, øde og den smukkeste udsigt! At det så tager 2 timer at køre 60 kilometer er en anden sag 😂

      Kører du kæmpe-camper er dette nok ikke lige stedet, men der er flere steder at holde med en lille camper på vejen op - forbered dig på at bakke, holde stille, køre, bakke, holde stille flere gange hvis du møder modkørende som er større end meget lille - fantastisk rute 😍Read more

    • Day 70

      The grape detour

      November 13, 2023 in Turkey ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Sometimes it takes a really crummy day to realise that a change is needed. Our planned and advised route, chosen because of a lack of sane alternative, turns out to be a much busier and faster road than we had expected. By 11, a has-not-slept-enough Alice rebels. We decide, hesitantly, to try the unknown, despite impending rain. Five km later, as we pause, a passing farmer signals for us to follow him - he has grapes he wants to give us. He also advises (with some help from google translate) that the road ahead is “broken in the rain” and is adamant that we should go back. So that was a 10km detour for a large bag of freshly picked delicious grapes and an uplifting exchange with a kind farmer.

      Back to the horrible main road. We climb in and out of rain, eventually reaching a bridge where our safe but noisy hard shoulder disappears. Alice just can’t bring herself to brave the traffic. Eventually Alain figures out that we may be able to cross below on rough tracks. There we find a muslim cemetery complete with washing area which has water, shelter and benches. The rain sets in and we pitch the tent in the field next door as the light drops. We snuggle down quickly, too tired to even cook.
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    • Day 69

      The synagogue of Sardis

      November 12, 2023 in Turkey ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      After warm goodbyes to Soykan, we pedal along the highway, on the side of which many shops and even motels can easily be found. Our next stop is the more than 35 centuries old city of Sardis, ancient capital of the 7th and 6th century BCE Lydian kings — including Craesus, famous for his riches (“riche comme Crésus” is a popular French expression). The Roman bath establishment was located next to a 12 metre wide road, which has remained a major highway for over 3000 years. It was certainly prosperous! You can see where there were shops, a large town entrance and the pools at three different temperatures.

      Probably the most unique part of the visit is the large synagogue, dating from the 3rd century. The local governor had sent an invitation across the Roman Empire to all Jews, to come and settle in his town, to enlarge and enrich it. The synagogue seems to be the largest in the western diaspora. What remains are the restored walls and floor of a large building that was beside the baths, with columns, mosaic floors and remarkable interior decorations. University groups from Columbia (New York), Harvard (Massachusetts) and Istanbul collaborate in the discovery, excavation and preservation.

      We continue our route on a small road in the vineyards, along a scenic range of mountains. Clouds and sunshine, patches of rain and fog among hills, peaks and cliffs, create for us a free show of natural beauty. A few kilometres before Alasehir, our destination, a large number of pipes seem to emerge from the hills into the vineyards, some converging into large fuming cooling towers. We guess that these are geothermal installations collecting the heat from the tectonic terrain. This is confirmed by Soykan via WhatsApp: locals use the energy for heating and electricity.
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    • Day 23

      Biodiversiteit doen we niet aan 😆

      August 28, 2022 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      We komen langs kilometer na kilometer druivenranken in de regio Izmir. Iedereen fabriceert hetzelfde. Dat blijken overigens hele lekkere rozijnen te moeten worden.

      En dan ineens geen druiven meer maar olijfbomen. Ook weer kilometers achter elkaar.

      In andere streken van Turkije produceert iedereen tomaten of uien of meloenen.
      Die worden dan in kraampjes langs de weg verkocht. Maar ja, Iedereen verkoopt hetzelfde.....
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    • Day 17

      Stage 17 - Obstanbaugebiet

      July 31, 2023 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Erst wunderten wir uns über diese weißen Flecken in der Landschaft aber dann erkannt wir, dass dies abgedeckte Obstbäume/-sträucher sind.
      Weintrauben soweit das Auge reicht dazu Oliven, Feigen, Granatäpfel...Read more

    • Day 67

      The Atatürk

      November 10, 2023 in Turkey ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      It surprised us when we arrived in Türkiye to see just how many flags and pictures of the Atatürk there are everywhere. This morning in Bergama, Alice nips out with the rubbish, just after a siren has sounded, and on the way back notices all the people in the street standing silent and to attention. This evening, in the city of Manisa, our bedroom overlooks a school playground; at 6pm all the kids gather outside to receive prizes and then sing the national anthem. We do some research. Today is the anniversary of the death of the Atatürk, the man who turned Türkiye into a secular republic. Just before we arrived, Türkiye celebrated 100 years of being a republic. Now we understand.

      The weather is not great so we book another warmshowers night, this time with Soykan in Turgutlu. He returned to his home town to farm family olive trees. He speaks perfect english thanks to time living and working in the US and UK. It’s really nice to chat and eat together with this delightful and generous man.
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    • Day 13

      Sardes "downtown"

      November 7, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      This is the city of another of the churches mentioned in Revelation. Sardes was also the capital of Lydia up until the Persian invasion.
      The 1st picture is a wall between the gymnasium (which is the foreground) and the baths behind. It is a restoration, but spectacular. If you look closely, I'm standing in the center arch. The scale is nothing short of monumental. 2nd is a closer look at the columns. I'll leave the inscriptons to the Greek scholars among you to decipher. 3rd is the first room of the bath, the tepidarium, right behind the monumental wall. 4th looks at one of the streets and shops.
      The last 2 are significant. This is an ancient synagogue, said to be the largest in Asia Minor and the 3rd largest in the world at the time. It is immediately left of the bath/gymnasium in the first picture. One thing I noticed is that the front of this sanctuary is architecturally the same as the apses in the early churches. I guess that doesn't surprise me as Christianity began as a movement within Judaism. The last picture looks from the forecourt over the fountain and basin used for ritual cleansing before entering the synagogue and then on into the sanctuary. NB. The mosaics on the floor are original
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    • Day 13

      Temple of Artemis, Sardes

      November 7, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Major temple to Artemis located at Sardes (see another post). This is one of the seven important Artemis temples of Asia Minor. The scale of the place is extraordinary. The columns are original, and the two tall ones are the original size. The 2nd picture is of several capitals.
      The last 2 pictures are of a church from about the 5th century. Once Christianity became the official religion of the empire, it was common to build churches at pagan temples as a kind of "We're here now," message.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Manisa, مانيسا, Manisa ili, مانیسا, Маниса, Правінцыя Маніса, Província de Manisa, پارێزگای مانیسا, Επαρχία Μανίσας, Provinco Manisa, Provincia de Manisa, Manisa provints, Manisa probintzia, استان مانیسا, Manisan maakunta, Մանիսայի նահանգ, Provinsi Manisa, Provincia di Manisa, マニサ県, მანისის პროვინცია, Manisa walayati, 마니사 주, آستوٙن مانیسا, Manisas ils, मनिसा प्रांत, Wilayah Manisa, Provinsen Manisa, صوبہ مانیسا, Provincia Manisa, Manisa Province, Mkoa wa Manisa, Вилояти Маниса, Manisa İli, مانىسا ۋىلايىتى, Маніса, 马尼萨省

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