Archive for November, 2009

Rainy days in Greece………

Posted in european trip, Greece, motorcycles, travel, triumph tiger with tags , , , , on November 13, 2009 by Bev

It was quite sad leaving Turkey.  We love the country and the Turkish people are so friendly (and I suppose we’ll miss Linda and Dave 😀 ), but were happy to be back in Greece.  The first part of the trip was pretty much a mirror of  our previous journey.  DSCF2764

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and then we found these…..

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a Patisserie full of the yummiest looking cakes i’ve ever seen – didn’t know which to pick (he wouldn’t let me have 2 😦 !)

I  was quite glad we had come back the same way as it meant we would be going to Kavala (the town I had liked so much the first time) again.  It was mid afternoon when we arrived and VERY hot!

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We should have stayed here, I told Ian we should stay, but no, he wanted to crack on. And this is what happened

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It started in the mountains and only lasted a short time, but I got absolutely soaked (for some reason, some bright spark  designer decided that my waterproofs were made to wear INSIDE the bike clothes, the jacket is ok outside but the trousers not.  I didn’t really want to strip off in the middle of a thunderstorm in the Greek mountains to put them on!) I also changed colour……. much to the amusement of the petrol station worker where the photo was taken. (was hard to get them clean – toothpaste did the job in the end!)

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We got to Thessalonika and started looking for somewhere to stay.  Thessalonika is very big, very busy and very hot!  After we had rode down the the seafront Ian decided he didn’t want to stay here and was going to look somewhere else.  I was still soggy and felt like I was wearing a wet nappy (not that I know what that really feels like!) so wasn’t too happy with his decision.  For some reason we ended up in a huge industrial park.  It was around 8 o clock and getting dark.  There were also the biggest mosqitos I have ever seen flying all over us – when 2 flew into my helmet I think I lost my temper and a shouting match ensued!  About an hour later we found  a small town – only trouble was it didn’t have a hotel!  We rode around a bit more and by chance saw a large block with Hotel in huge letters on it.  It was in the middle of what seemed like a field and nothing else.  There was also a very unusual  piece of artwork on the ceiling

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The guy on reception told us not to open the balony door as big mosquitos were about – we knew this already!

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The next morning we saw where we were

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It was overcast pretty much the whole day and we rode South towards Volos.

We rode past Mount Olympus but it was shrouded by clouds so no good photos 😦

The sun did eventually come out tho’ and it was a lovely ride thru’ the mountains

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Volos is situated on the East coast about half way down Greece. The Port of Volos services some of the nearby Islands including Skithos and Skopelos.  It’s a very lively town with lots of shops and the seafront full of restaurants and cafes.

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Why do people think grafitti looks good………..such a shame!

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Then…………..

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didn’t last for long tho’ and the sun came back out.  Tiger also found a new friend

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This was going to be our first night back camping since Albania. (seems so long ago) and I wasn’t loking forward to it , but we found a great site somewhere just south of Volos on the coast.

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We sat and watched the sun go down, and had a competition – who could take the best shot 🙂  – he had the better camera, but I think I won!

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but his was ok (well, it did have me on!!)

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When we got back to the tent, a little white cat was hanging about.  Ian soon befriended it, played with it and, big mistake, gave it food!  It was very hot during the night so I had the inner and outer doors unzipped, I couldn’t sleep, he was snoring his head off.  I heard a rustling noise outside and being very brave ,  had a look out.  The stupid cat was in the tent – I didn’t want it in and couldn’t get to sleep with it playing about so woke him up.  No matter how many times we put it out, it kept coming back.  In the end, because I didn’t want it wandering about over me while I slept, we had to zip up the inner door……….still couldn’t sleep as it was like being in an oven!  Told him not to feed any more animals when we camped!

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The next day we rode further south towards Athens.

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Heading back……..

Posted in european trip, motorcycles, travel, triumph tiger, Turkey with tags , , , , on November 11, 2009 by Bev

The original plan was to come back thru Turkey via Istanbul.  We decided not to do this (we will have plenty of time to go to Istanbul when we go and live there) so it was back, pretty much the same way we had come.

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back thru Izmir

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to a little seaside town called Ayvalik.  We found a pansyon right on the beach, cheap and cheerful.  The “bathroom” was quite small and Ian had trouble fitting in it!

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There was a TV and satellite receiver – I touched it and nearly flew across the room.  There was obviously some kind of wiring fault as it gave out a shock everytime you touched it.  Didn’t want to watch TV anyway!  The owners dog took a shine to Ians leg, wouldn’t leave him alone – must have some sort of doggy smell about him!

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We walked into town – seemed to be quite a busy Turkish holiday place, not the usual “foreigners” resort, as nothing was in any other language but Turkish – thats the menu behind my head, guess which I went for!!!
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The next day we were heading  back up to Canakkale and the ferry

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When we came to Canakkale on the way here, we missed the “horse”  I really don’t know how – it’s quite large :D.  This was the one used in the Brad Pitt film Troy and was given to the town by the film studio.  I was quite excited by the fact that Brad had touched this horse…….(even tho’ I couldn’t!)

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Canakkale is a lovely town, it’s the nearest major town to Troy,  and we have some time to wander about.

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Ian, as usual, had to have lunch at this cafe, I plumped for one of those things in the cart – not quite sure what they are called but taste good and cost pennies.

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As it was a Sunday, the ferries didn’t seem to be quite so regular but we got one after a few hours – it was full.

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We had remembered a hotel in a town called Kesan which was fairly near the Greek border so headed towards this.

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It was alot better inside than out, even tho’ our air conditioning didn’t work and I was hot 😦  ……….and there was a Burger King across the road!!

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End of week 4  – total miles 4131

It was less than an hours ride to the Greek border the next morning, which we passed thru’ without problem.

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Gule gule, Turkey – see you soon!

A weeks R and R in Turkey…….

Posted in european trip, motorcycles, travel, triumph tiger, Turkey, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 9, 2009 by Bev

Well we finally made it to Linda and Dave’s.  They told us it was hot and it was – a weeks rest coming up then!  We didn’t plan on doing much riding while we were here – going to rest our bums! Boris the Bear was waiting at the apartment to welcome us.

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Linda took us to some great places………

The local supermarket

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to see Micks dogs…….

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and another supermarket..

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Tiger made friends with Montie and the Transalp..

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Ian changed Tigers oil and filter and gave him a good clean.  The back wheel was black from all the oil that the automatic chain luber had kicked out and was pretty hard to get off.  My front tooth (crown) had fallen out so I had to go to the dentist to get it put back in.  I got this done, my hair cut and a new zip sewn into my bike trousers (no, I’m not too fat for them – it was faulty!!!) all done in one morning, with no appointments and got change from 40 pounds!  In England it would have cost more than this for the dentist alone – and I would have to have made an appointment weeks in advance!

We had a few rides around Dalaman and went to Sarigerme, a small town and suprisingly quiet for the time of year.

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Last night out in Dalyan, with the Rock Tombs lit up behind us

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View from their balcony

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The week soon came to an end, and we realised they were getting bored with us when the laptop became more interesting than Ians converstion 😀

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So, we packed up Tiger with all our CLEAN clothes and tent and prepared to set off once again………..

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Bye bye you two and thanks for putting up with us!  See you next year…..

 

I finally figured how to put on clickable photos!!!!!!