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Old 03-03-2011, 12:52 PM   #271
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Wicked Türkiye tips

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Hey guys,

Many thanks for the kudos. I'm glad I could provide a bit of inspiration :-)

As for Turkey prices, it's been a while but I don't remember being unduly stressed about money. Food is cheap, accommodation depends on what you are after.
ok, Turkey isn't cheap as it used to be, but still cheaper than the European prices. There is nothing as an fixed price in Turkey, You can always negotiate....... Don't go in the high season, heat, lot's of tourist, no rooms and higher prices.but go outside the high season, most of the hotels (otel) motels (pansiyon) are empty. . Ask the guy at the reception if their is a safe place for your bike, most of them have a garage/depot at the back or corner.
food issue: if you don't know what to eat, cuz your unfamiliar with Turkish cuisine always ask the waiter, what their speciality is and the most sold food, that will be the best food you'll ever eat. Roadside restaurants : look for park cars with local plates and especially Trucks, that one is the best.

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if you don't have a place to sleep, I doubt that one in Turkey. You can always go to the local police head quarter and ask if you can accommodate at their sleeping room or if they don't have one or occupied . You can set your tent on the grass within the walls of the headquarters. Believe me . Turks are very hospitable. Every village has is own accommodation for foreigners, sort of little house/room. And they will not ask for money and refuse to accept anything.

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Old 03-03-2011, 01:05 PM   #272
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Good advise. Turkish hospitality is second to none. Someone always helps and language wasn't much of a problem either. In out of the way places it was easier to find a somebody speaking German than somebody speaking English :-) Wonderful country to travel off the beaten track, bike or no bike.

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ok, Turkey isn't cheap as it used to be, but still cheaper than the European prices. There is nothing as an fixed price in Turkey, You can always negotiate....... Don't go in the high season, heat, lot's of tourist, no rooms and higher prices.but go outside the high season, most of the hotels (otel) motels (pansiyon) are empty. . Ask the guy at the reception if their is a safe place for your bike, most of them have a garage/depot at the back or corner.
food issue: if you don't know what to eat, cuz your unfamiliar with Turkish cuisine always ask the waiter, what their speciality is and the most sold food, that will be the best food you'll ever eat. Roadside restaurants : look for park cars with local plates and especially Trucks, that one is the best.

my tip:
if you don't have a place to sleep, I doubt that one in Turkey. You can always go to the local police head quarter and ask if you can accommodate at their sleeping room or if they don't have one or occupied . You can set your tent on the grass within the walls of the headquarters. Believe me . Turks are very hospitable. Every village has is own accommodation for foreigners, sort of little house/room. And they will not ask for money and refuse to accept anything.
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Old 12-04-2011, 01:34 AM   #273
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Amazing RR......and absolutely amazing pictures

And YESSSSS....Romania rocks and its a beautyfull country with very friendly and lovely people

question:

- at what time of the year do you have been trough turkey and iran?
- how many weeks did you spent for the whole trip?
- did you feel safe in iran?

cheers chris
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:50 AM   #274
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What time of the year?

What a great RR, it sure is an inspiration to go and explore myself.

Unfortunately your blog is no longer available: what time of the year did you make this tour and how much time did you spend in total?

Thanks!
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:54 AM   #275
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:03 AM   #276
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@SunnyJH: Travel time was from mid April until beginning of August. Blog should be working again. I shut it down for a few months because I was traveling in an area not too friendly to Iran. Turned out to be a very wise decision.

@Saeed: Thanks for the compliment
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:49 AM   #277
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Great Ride Report!! Amazing story and beautifull photos! Red it in one piece. Going for Turkey in september and this just sets the right mood
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:07 PM   #278
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It's always fun when there is a "mini burst" of activity in this old thread. It always gives me the chance to look at some of the pictures and stories again with the perspective gained almost three years later.

Right now I'm trying to decide what to do for my next big trip, which should last 1-2 years, starting in 2013. I was set on doing an East Africa route, but with the access through Syria and Libya cut off I may look into North and South America or doing the Stans and Russia. I guess I have it pretty good if these are the sort of tough decisions I have to make ;-) It ain't easy making these decisions. I'll have to spend some serious time here and over on the HUBB.
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:37 AM   #279
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Steffen,

Was not your south pole affair semi sponsored by Harvard? I seem to remember so from when we met in Ankara.
If so and if you come to Boston, let me know. That is where I live now.

Keep warm.

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Old 04-21-2012, 09:03 PM   #280
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Thanks ...

Hi Steffen, wonderful pics and an interesting view into Iran

Thanks very much for the RR,
Ciao Gero
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:25 PM   #281
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great reading, thanx
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:37 PM   #282
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Wow, Great Ride report!
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:40 AM   #283
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Excellent

Enjoyed reading the RR especially about Iran lol to bad it's extremely hard or impossible for people from US to ride there if you did you have to go
thru the Iranian interest's section in the Pakistan Consulate in Washington
DC for a visa and the Swiss Consulate represents US interest's in Iran
lol talk about a run around got this from Dept of State website, Euro passport holders have it easy around these parts
Kind of curious what you do down there in south (?) pole any pics of the
white stuff
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:09 AM   #284
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Just stumbled over this RR and am really enjoying it! Only on page 3 so far and it has been great! You take very nice photographs and your writing is excellent also. A unique look at a part of the Eastern Med we Americans tend not to know much about. Thanks!!

Spitfire Triple did a great job providing the backstory on the 17th Light Dragoons (p.7 and 9?). I would only add that the book "The Death or Glory Boys" (1899) mentions Sgt Willock's presence on Malcolm's mission to Persia and notes that in 1888 his graffito at Persepolis was found by another officer of the 17th. And then brought to our attention by Steffen and his fabulous RR. Thanks so much!!

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Old 11-13-2013, 05:43 PM   #285
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wow there are 6 rows of skulls and on each row there are 13 skulls.
I went to google and type in the search box :
"6 13" and the first result is "6 13 bible" I click on the link and I get this:


"Mark 6:13 And they cast out many devils ..."


im more a spiritual person than religious but this captured my attention.
I never thought of that possibility. But, I'm sorry, I see 7 rows.
So, following your lead yielded this: Mathew, 7:13

From Wikipedia:
In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads:
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way,
that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

The World English Bible translates the passage as:
“Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the
way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in by it.

Somehow I find this reading more fitting to the display.
Might of course never know whether that was the intend of the monks.
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