Monthly Archives: September 2011

Into the the Volcanic Uplands

From Nallihan, and a truly awful hotel – we leave without much expectation towards Beypazari.  We have found the town of Nallihan less satisfactory, if friendly. Our pessimism is misplaced.  We climb into a Volcanic landscape of interest, grandeur and … Continue reading

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Mudurnu to Nalihan

We are now considerably closer to Ankara that Istanbul. Starting the day in the dark, leaving the remnants of Ottoman Mudurnu – we bumped into a local who wanted us to visit him for tea. Not ideal at that moment, … Continue reading

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Highland Turkey

From Kuzuluk and its thermal baths, to Taskesti over the hills. Tough 41km day, and through some highlands of real poverty. A lot of Roma communities settled there, and the living looks hard. We passed a loud Roma wedding but … Continue reading

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Wet, wet, wet. From Sapanca.

Wet, wet, wet. Rained all night here, then massive thunderstorms all morning, coming in from the black sea. We got a bit wet….and none too pleasant on the roads. It is the first rain we have seen after three months … Continue reading

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Towards Ankara, and Antioch

We are now moving East of Istanbul and towards Ankara and the South East. I will post some impressions and comment about Istanbul as soon as time permits! Ian

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Von Ipsala bis Istanbul

  Gespannt und mit Vorfreunde auf ein weiteres Land überschreiten wir am 28. August 2011 die griechisch-türkische Grenze in Ipsala. Wir wurden im Vorfeld von mehreren Pilgernden gewarnt, dass jene Grenze nicht zu Fuss überschritten werden könne sondern lediglich fahrend. … Continue reading

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Kit that works, and kit that doesn’t (over long distances)

Best Equipment 9/10 Montrail Java Goretex Boots.   Wonderful, soft, grippy and high quality. Unfortunately discontinued by Columbia who liked them so much they bought the company – and scrapped the range…. 9/10 Regula’s Mizuno Cabrakan Trail Shoes. Wearing very well, … Continue reading

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The Euro – A Greek Tragedy?

A day in the life of the Greek Euro!  How to create a Euro-Sceptic out of a Europhile?  Well, not quite! Angela Merkel states that the Euro is the principal means of cohesion in Europe, and need to be saved … Continue reading

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Είναι η ζωή ενός σκύλου… in praise of Greek dogs.

Maybe it’s because Cerberus guarded the gates of the underworld,  granting access to but no exit to Greeks from the underworld? Maybe Greek masculinity has revelled in Hercules’ 12th Labour  – the overpowering and humiliation of our three headed friend? … Continue reading

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