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Old 08-26-2006, 05:51 AM   #1
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Black Sea

Here are some holiday snaps from a trip to the Black Sea earlier this month, going through Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Transnistria, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Turkey, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Hercegovina. It was a road ride including some rather bad roads.


Hungarian wrenching:

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Hungarian shop dog:




Hungarian tourist menu:





Brasov, Romania:




32 seconds to green:




Transylvania:




Transylvanian church:



Transylvanian goth:




Romanian kids:




Far eastern Romania:




Iasi Romania:






Iasi art:




Moldovan kids:




Approaching Chisinau (pronounced "Kishniev") Moldova:




Chisinau art:




Chisinau police:




Chisinau:






Chisinau art:




Air Moldova:




Melon country:




Transnistria - First cyrillic sign:




Transnistria parliament building:




Rain in Ukraine:




Laundry:




Danube Delta:






The madmen of Moldova:




Moldova sidecar:



Thanks for looking.

Cheers.

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Old 08-26-2006, 05:59 AM   #2
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Nice Shots....

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Old 08-26-2006, 06:03 AM   #3
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Old 08-26-2006, 06:06 AM   #4
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Very nice indeed.. keep it comin'

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Old 08-26-2006, 06:06 AM   #5
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Talking Fantastic!

Please do post more pics! Excellent ride.
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Old 08-26-2006, 06:38 AM   #6
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Great stuff, thanks for sharing. If you want to share the GPS tracks
check out the GPS forum, or post a link if you have them.
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Old 08-26-2006, 06:45 AM   #7
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Great ride

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Old 08-26-2006, 06:51 AM   #8
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Post more! Great shots of the people and the towns!




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Old 08-26-2006, 07:17 AM   #9
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Old 08-26-2006, 07:45 AM   #10
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Thanks for your comments.

Galati Romania on the Danube:




Toasted marshmallows in Galati:




Danube ferry:




Romanian road:




Romanian landscape:




Romanians:




Neptun, Jupiter and Venus Romania (Communist era Black Sea beach resorts):










Black Sea landscape:

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Old 08-26-2006, 08:12 AM   #11
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awesome, wish I did something like this
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Old 08-26-2006, 08:47 AM   #12
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Bulgarian church:




Burgas Bulgaria:




Bulgarian grafitti:




Bulgarian Black Sea landscapes:







Istanbul 275:




Kirklareli Turkey:




Turkey into Bulgaria (one of 20 border crossings):




Sofia Bulgaria:




Bulgarian landscape:




Skopje Macedonia:




Macedonian landscapes:








Lake Ohrid Macedonia:







Lake Ohrid pensioners:




Lake Ohrid snake guys:




Macedonian art:




Watermelon season:




Lake Ohrid landscape:




Lake Ohrid chapel:




Lake Ohrid BMW:

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Old 08-26-2006, 09:12 AM   #13
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Welcome to Albania:




Albanian landscapes:







Albanian art:




Tiranna Albania:




Skoder Albania:




Montenegro landscapes:










Serbian policeman:




Bosnian art:




Bosnia landscape:




Sarajevo:




Italian autostrada holiday traffic:

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Old 08-26-2006, 10:53 AM   #14
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Thanks for looking at my pictures.

It was a solo ride of just under 7000 km in 15 days. No significant problems or issues to report. Roads and drivers in Albania are generally bad, and secondary roads in Romania can also be bad. I was most outside my comfort zone in Transnistria and Albania, and Odessa seems like it could be rough. I did not go through Kosovo. The hardest part was riding home on the Italian autostrada filled with Italian holiday makers.

In Transnistria, I had to pay for a fictitious transit permit, bribe a cop for a speeding near Tiraspol, and then bribe a very difficult border guard to exit. I was also scammed by a border guard entering Albania. The Ukrainian border guard was obnoxious, saying something to me in Russian about Osama Bin Laden. (U.S. passport.) The Serbians police and border guards were extremely friendly.

Montenegro is beautiful, and I would also especially recommend Romania. Sofia Bulgaria and Chisinau Moldova were the best cities. I toured Italy, Croatia and Slovenia previously, so they were transit only.

People were generally very helpful and friendly and there are many English speakers in developed Romania, Bulgaria and Montenegro. Prices were very reasonable: local beer about EUR 1, nice dinner EUR 8 to 10, hotels EUR 18 (Montenegro coast) to EUR 75 (Sofia) per night.

Please let me know if you have any comments or questions.
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Old 08-26-2006, 05:21 PM   #15
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Interesting photos...thanks for sharing.
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