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Old 09-06-2010, 03:49 AM   #1
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From Serbia to Middle East...

Day 1.



After preparing of few months for this trip, came the day to start. Since this is the first time I go for such long trip, I slept maximum 3 hours..


Morning, greetings with relatives. Journey of 8-9000 km can begin.

About 200km from home , I reach to Belgrade, meeting with the Bobs, greeting with friends, and the road continues to the south of Serbia.







Our goal today is a small village in southern Serbia, Mezgraja, with population less than 1000. Is about 300km from Belgrade, but , 90% of that road is highway, and this main reason because I have only two pics from that route.



Petrol station on highway


In Mezgraja we come at evening.I'm first time here, but looks, like I been here many, many times. Beautiful nature, very good people, simply , fantastic place to get preparation for Middle East.











Bobs has coming here for holidays, and know the place. He took me to top of near hill, to show me a cross where locals meets once time at year, for the slava. The slava is , is the Serbian Orthodox tradition of the ritual celebration, veneration, and observance of a family's own patron saint.















We lit our fire, and with few beers enjoyed talking with neighbors, and view to the clear sky full of stars...romantic





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Old 09-06-2010, 05:05 AM   #2
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Day 2.



Passport is ready....We drive all day through the Bulgaria, then sleeps in first camp site in we find , Edirne , Turkey.

Bikes ready...


We're still a sitting, resting from sleep ..





Before departure, we stop at a bakery on breakfast.We eat, maybe best burek in my i've ever eaten, with very cheap price of 0.20 euro cents!





Very slowly we passed through Sofia, pretty crowded in the city.





Rila is a mountain range in southwestern Bulgaria and the highest mountain range of Bulgaria and the Balkans, with its highest peak being Musala at 2,925 m. We did not go to the Rila Mountain, just a few pictures from a distance, it is left for another time.





Cross on the hill, Bulgaria



Bulgaria-Turkey border







Edirne, camping site...

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Old 09-06-2010, 06:15 AM   #3
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How far into the Middle East are we going?

Thanks for taking along
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Old 09-06-2010, 06:31 AM   #4
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How far into the Middle East are we going?

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Aqaba, Jordan.
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Old 09-06-2010, 06:53 AM   #5
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On the way back, assuming you go via Sofia, drop me a line. We can have a drink or two :)
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Old 09-06-2010, 07:34 AM   #6
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On the way back, assuming you go via Sofia, drop me a line. We can have a drink or two :)
This is a trip from May, but on the way back, we were driving through Greece. : D
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Old 09-06-2010, 07:37 AM   #7
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Very nice so far. Great pictures. Looking forward to the rest of this RR.
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Old 09-06-2010, 07:37 AM   #8
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:17 AM   #9
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Day 3.



Our camp, at morning



Water missing



Nuclear power plants in Turkey,i think.





In Istanbul we came at worst time, at 15 o'clock. Too many cars at the streets, and very , very hot ! We drove about 1,5 hour , only 1,8 kilometers ! Two times we stopped to cool down our bikes.



After this exhausting drive, we parked in front of the hotel, and a shower ... the best thing that happened that day.

The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with more than 58 covered streets and over 1,200 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. Opened in 1461, it is well known for its jewelry, pottery, spice, and carpet shops.























Main entrance gate on Beyazit Square with Beyazıt Tower in the background.



Police bikes in Istanbul



Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the cathedral of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was the cathedral of the Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1934, when it was secularized. It was opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.
Unfortunately , we came here at evening, when museum is closed.





The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a historical mosque in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey and the capital of the Ottoman Empire (from 1453 to 1923). The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior.







Insade the mosque.













The Obelisk of Theodosius is the Ancient Egyptian obelisk of Pharaoh Tutmoses III re-erected in the Hippodrome of Constantinople by the Roman emperor Theodosius I in the 4th century AD.



One more view to mosque.


For a dinner I first eat Quail....not bad, but I was hungry after half an hour.



Bikes in front of hotel, at small street.

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Old 09-06-2010, 12:40 PM   #10
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Old 09-07-2010, 04:03 AM   #11
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Day 4. Istanbul - Ankara 440km



We leaving Istanbul at the morning, heading to the center of Turkey, to Ankara. Again , too many cars, but traffic is much better than yesterday.



On the Bosphorus Bridge, finally we cross to Asian side.


Immediately after we passed through the toll gate, guys from the traffic police calling us to come in to their office..Oh, shit, what we do now!
Fortunately,they call us take some pictures with us and find out where we come from ... they were surprised when we said that we come from Serbia, and even more surprised when we said we were going to Syria and Jordan.

Very nice bikes of turkish traffic police.











We got water, it comes well after Istanbul refreshment and waiting on the bridge.
Our hosts...







Nothing interesting on the road between Istanbul and Ankara, only highway.






Car wash





One of the rest places, down the road.



Bobs was found our host in Ankara through the hospitality club. His name is Ozner, and for a long time he collecting money and preparing for the trip around the world with his BMW 1200GS, and with wife.
Ozner is a great host...Thanks for everything, I hope you once come to Serbia, and be our guest!

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Old 09-08-2010, 08:50 AM   #12
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Day 5. Ankara - Tuz Golu - Goreme



While Ozner leads Bobs to service to replace the oil, and to buy me oil filters that I forgot at home , I'm going to Anıtkabir. I tried to get one of the members of ADV forum, asphaltmueller, for some reason I could not get him, I guess have a wrong number.
So, I go alone to the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the leader of the Turkish War of Independence and the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey.

A frontal view of Anitkabir


Passageway around the ceremonial ground.


Road of Lions, 262m long pedestrian walkway


Solders


The ceremonial ground.




Guard




Atatruk cars





Cannons....



Insade the The Hall of Honor , the location of Atatürk's tomb.





Panoramic view of Ankara from Anitkabir



We are packed, and ready to continue our journey...Ozner and Bobs



My Dominator and Ozner's BMW



Bye Ozner, you welcome to Serbia.



Tuz Golu (mean Salt Lake)....I don't no why , but have only few pics from this place.

We meet up guy from Switzerland, already driving about a three mounts from Swiss to Turkey, and going to Georgia...nice guy.







Turkish roads, very wide, but very sharp...tires don't like them.







Finally we arrived in Cappadocia....such a unreal place, look like you are on some other planet.



Near Nevşehir






First camel on the trip...



We find camping place for 6 euro, nice place



Old houses in the rocks




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Old 09-09-2010, 04:23 AM   #13
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Day 6. Goreme - mountains - Gaziantep



That morning, I got up very early. Something is disrupting my sleep ... when I opened my tent, I knew what was at issue...Lots of hot air balloons flew over Cappadocia.















Lots of tourists in balloon







Nice place for changing oil in my Honda....





After changing the oil, Bobs and I we went to the Open Air Museum, very nice place, but too many tourists.

Cappadocia scenery









Fresco in one of the caves , in Open Air Museum.



Through the rocks...











Bobs and me



On the GPS navigation , we choose shortest way to Gaziantep, city near syrian border. Navigation choose some wierd way through the mountains, but with fantastic scenery, maybe, most interesting roads on our 9000km long trip.









In mountains we find some city, where we parked to first restaurant we saw. Chief of restoraunt saying to as : " Welcome , my friends, eat, my friends , you welcome! " Some introduction to Syria...

Very tasty beans , with few tipes of salads, for only 10 euros, for both of us, ofcourse. Good price...

















Alitude 1990m.







For advertising










Gas station, and some kids, who stole tractor of his grandfather, when we left gas station.




In the night we comes to Gaziantep. We find hotel very dificulty, and left bikes in front of hotel...looks like very unsefe, because is saturday night, and tons of drunk people are screaming at the streets...strange city.



Tomorrow Syria...planing

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Old 09-13-2010, 05:10 AM   #14
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Day 7. Gaziantep (TUR) - Aleppo (SYR)



Breakfast, lunch, all in one...close to syrian bored.



This guy works in Syrian custom. He is also Ortodox Christian, as we do, and it was interesting to talk with us, it's very bad that I lost his e-mail.


We pay about 95e , for some taxes, stay about one hour at border...







And now , finally Syria



Some guys with a pick-up truck gave us cherry's, with common words in Syria, WELCOME! : D



SYRIA JEEE!



Buses in the Middle East looks like this



We arrive in Aleppo .... On street this man wants to have picture with us, no problem.


Syrian pounds


Womens at Aleppo streets



In Aleppo, bread is not buying in bakery.





Old clock



Great Mosque of Aleppo is the largest and oldest mosque in the city of Aleppo in northern Syria. The present mosque dates form the 13th century Mamluk period, only the Seljuk minaret of 1090 is older.









The Citadel of Aleppo is a large medieval fortified palace in the centre of the old city of Aleppo, northern Syria. It is considered to be one of the oldest and largest castles in the world. Usage of the Citadel hill dates back at least to the middle of the 3rd millennium BC. Subsequently occupied by many civilizations including the Greeks, Byzantines, Ayyubids and Mamluks, the majority of the construction as it stands today is thought to originate from the Ayyubid period.

















Aleppo beer, only 3% of alcohol, this beer is pretty badly.


Bike at street


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Old 09-18-2010, 05:42 AM   #15
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DAY 8.

Aleppo - Palmyra


In Hotel



Bobs



Syiran family


Guys on bike



The Norias of Hama









Tree in Syria, very windy highways









Baghdad left



We stop for juice, and find guys who knows where is our country, and history of Yugoslavia and Serbia









Road to Palmyra

















Serbian flag







Left is Baghdad and Damascus, right Palmyra....We go to Palmyra to see rouins of old city





Interesting road





In front of Palmyra castle







Sunset in Palmyra







Guys from Croatia, in some pub, where we got a few beers

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