After paying my dues to Turkish government,i reached Pamukkale.Though it’s a very touristy place,but not be missed while you are around.With 35 TL as entry fee,it’s totally worth visiting.You get to see lot of bikini clad girls lying around in thermal pools and taking selfies,make sure you photo bomb as much as you can :).On the top of it there is Hierapolis ancient city,these ruins are worth visiting as well.Main highlight was the theatre,still standing long and strong after all these years.
From Goreme,i followed this route “Goreme – Cavusin – Urgup – Ortahisar – Uchisar – Nevsehir – Konya – Aksehir – Denizili – Pamukkale – Selcuk”.
What i told you about the sunsets in Turkey 🙂
Selcuk is another place in turkey which has lot history all around it.I stayed there for couple of days in a hostel.Meanwhile i had to share my space with this “tom cat”.While going and coming out of the room,she needed a scratch before she lets you go 🙂
Ephesus which is just 3 km away was an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia.Library of Celsus,Temple of Hadrian and Ephesus theater was beautiful sight to stare at.
St Jean Church,on the slopes of Ayasuluk Hill just below the fortress in Selcuk,Turkey.
The Library of Celsus in Ephesus
Temple of Hadrian,Ephesus
I overheard a guide speaking about these head less statues in Ephesus.It used to be a status symbol to get your statues placed around the town area in Ephesus.But you had to pay some sort of money monthly to keep them there,in case you fail to pay the EMI,heads were removed from the statues.Don’t know how much of this is true though,some of the stories these guides tells are always made up
Ancient greek inscriptions i guess,i don’t know what it means but i liked the way they looked 🙂
There are lot of dishes which you should try when you are in Turkey.Turkish Kebab and Gozleme became my favorite in no time.Gozleme is a traditional savory Turkish flatbread and pastry dish, made of hand-rolled leaves of yufka dough that are lightly brushed with butter and eggs, filled with various toppings, sealed, and cooked over a griddle. The dough is usually unleavened, and made only with flour, salt and water.Also the tea served in turkey is slightly different what you get in iran.I liked the glass flask in which they serve it,enhances the drinking experience i guess.
In this side of turkey,everything was peaceful and normal..Like military coup never happened.I had a wonderful time in Selcuk.After few days i left towards Cesme.
Turkish coastline on Aegean Sea
Reached Cesme and booked myself on Erturk line for a ride to Chios.There i met a Spanish biker Antonio who rode all the way from Spain to Turkey and was there in Istanbul (if i remember correctly),when the coup happened.He spoke little English but we became friends in no time.I believe motorcyclists don’t need a language to connect,they connect with a spirit and common agenda which keeps us on the road – “freedom,fresh air,open road and beer”
That’s our ride to Europe
Waiting to board :).Customs and exit was pretty smooth on Turkey side.
Welcome to Europe.Ferry to Chios was quick but the next journey from Chios to Piraeus port(Athens) was bit long.Around 7 hours journey.Immigration on Chios side was smooth as well.
Me and Antonio,we decided to park our bikes at the entrance of ferry terminal and went for few rounds of beer.What followed was sharing each others plans and stories from the road.He helped me a lot to decide on which places to go in Spain and which of them i should skip.