30 juin 2008

Update : Pictures of Ispahan and the Valley of Assassins

We are now in Turkey and it is grand time for me to update this blog with articles and pictures. Let us start with some pictures of wonderful Ispahan and the Valley of Assassins (ps: you will also find new pictures in the post 'Yazd desert and qanat...' that weren't uploaded before...): On the way to Ispahan, my head is smokin'...                                         The Valley of Assassins... [Lire la suite]
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30 juin 2008

Caspian Sea, Sun and Sun...

What has become to our souls and bodies the last couple of days? I am sure that it is a question a few of you have asked yourselves although not in these specific terms... :) Well my tonsilitis has finally gone away (after 12 days of antibiotics) : the rest in Rasht was welcome and for sure salvatory for my health. We spent 48 hours there and met Hakim - a young man originately from this city that spent 6 years studying and working in Pune (India) and was missing it so much... He was helping his mother and brothers at the trendy... [Lire la suite]
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06 juillet 2008

Turkey crossing in 6 days : Camping, Cappadocia and balloons...

Yes, we crossed Turkey and I am writing to you from the European side of the Bosphorus (western sıde of Istanbul). Pretty cool hein? The crossing of Turkey was done in 6 full days total with a 2 nıght stop in Cappadocia where we finally went - we dont regret the detour. Out of the 5 nıghts spent on the way we dıd wıld campıng as usual and we are startıng to lıke ıt very much : freedom, ındependance (we cook ourselves...somethıng we tended to forget ın Indıa as the food ıs cheap and quıckly delıvered to your home), no one around to... [Lire la suite]
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06 juillet 2008

Istanbul : Gateway to Europe, parties and hangovers

We reached Istanbul friday evening : the trafic is heavy, fast and almost deadly when you enter the city as our bikes cannot go faster than 70-80 km/hour and the cars and bus are all going above a hundred! I was so happy to cross the bridge over the Bosphorus I was yelling all alone full of excitment on the bike (I don't remember exactly what I was saying as I was tired because we rode 13 hours that day!) We have been chilling and partying in this great and vivid megalopole this weekend. We are staying in the touristic area of... [Lire la suite]
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15 juillet 2008

We are alive and kicking in Montenegro...

Just a few lines to apologize on the lack of updates on the blog. Parents, friends, we are well and alive... be reassured! There was no time or no internet connection on the way from Istanbul to Montenegro.... We just reached Montenegro this morning through Albania. The journey from Istanbul to here has been quite a trick, full of adventures, camping and bike problems ... but I will tell you all in details (there will be some funny articles...) the next couple of days... The plan now is to find a a little room not far from the... [Lire la suite]
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17 juillet 2008

Velingrad, Providence, Martin and the Biker priest!

Dear all, as told in the previous post we have been going through a few adventures since our stay in Istanbul...who would have guessed that after reaching Europe so many exciting things would have happened to us?We left quietly Istanbul to enter the lovely country of Bulgaria in which I already stopped for a couple of days in 2004 and had a very good memory of its landscapes and people! The country was cheap, especially beer and greassy food (what can supertramp bikers like us expect more that these 2 basic ingredients leading to... [Lire la suite]
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17 juillet 2008

Albania crossing : Where are the roads???

After Velingrad our plan was to reach the Adriatic going through Macedonia and Albania. Reaching the Macedonian border, we decided to take another route (through Greece and then Albania) because the customs officers declared to us that the insurance cost was going to be 50 EUR per bike!!! Too much for less than 24 hours we thought...sniff! Macedonia will be for next time! It took us 3 days (and 3 nights of wild camping) to cross the north of Greece and Albania in order to reach Montenegro... Albanian mountains are amazing and the... [Lire la suite]
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26 juillet 2008

See Venice and die???

We are still alive and the bikes as well... Titine broke its engine gasket in south Croatia and it took more than 3 days to repair it thanks to a fisrt class german engineer...I will tell all about it soon... Titine has been repaired to reach France and then die...it has not given up yet and we visited Venetia for a couple of hours yesterday... We are after Genes in Italy 150 km before the border with France...I should reach Montpellier in 2 days (we are not taking the main highways and the coastal roads are very slow as we go... [Lire la suite]
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02 septembre 2008

Duboka, Croatia or how providence stroke again in this tiny village

It is grand time to tell you the end of our journey. I have reached France by the end of July as planned but haven’t written anything consistent since our stop in Montenegro, so let’s go back in time a little… After the 2-day stop in Budva (The ‘French Riviera of Montenegro’) we spent a night in what seemed to be the garden of an abandoned mansion by the unique Fjord of Montenegro. Waking up surrounded by mountains and taking a swim in the warm waters of the Adriatic sea was a nice way to start the day that was going to take us... [Lire la suite]
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02 septembre 2008

Reaching France...

We left Duboka and our new friends Martin and Gunni (see previous post) with a little pinch in the heart after their great welcome and hospitality. We were happy the bike was working again - but for how long? Would it hold to Montpellier? I was indeed quite anxious as the noise made by the valves coupled with the mysterious noise inside the engine was very strong. I couldn’t ride above 60-65 km/h because of it. Our decision was to ride again and ride non-stop to Franceor as far as my engine would let us go… The good thing about these... [Lire la suite]
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