Sharls and Shane

Sharls and Shane

Sharls and Shane




Europe » Bulgaria » Sofia City » Boyana March 15th 2020

12th March 2020 Sofia, Bulgaria Bulgaria just keeps getting better and better, and Sofia is beautiful!We have booked our ongoing tickets to Belgrade Serbia, although this time they have asked for our phone number in the event that the border is closed. Mmmm! Our apartment is really central again and we've found the local supermarket and walked to the centre of town.The free walking tour tomorrow will show us everything we need to see, so better wait until then to explore more. 13th March 2020 Sophia Being next to the tram line can be a real advantage. When you are on the first floor right on the tram line, it is not conducive to good sleep when it feels and sounds like the tram is running right through your bedroom every 60 seconds from 6am! Our ... read more
Rila Monastery
Rila Monastery
Rila Monastery

Europe » Bulgaria » Plovdiv Province » Plovdiv March 11th 2020

9th - 11th March 2020 Plovdiv, Bulgaria After taking the first class train (hilarious in itself, but so much better than 2nd class!), we arrived in Plovdiv and caught a taxi to our apartment. The service of Hippo taxis in Varna was second to none. They dropped us off initially and didnt try to rip us off, they prebooked a taxi for our departure, and they showed up right on time as promised. Why would it be any different in Plovdiv? Dirty old thief. This ride cost us three times as much for the same distance in a grotty old taxi, where he used a hand held navigator and pretended not to know where he was going. Then he dropped us off at the top of the street indicating he couldnt go any further because it ... read more
Plovdiv
Plovdiv
Plovdiv

Europe » Bulgaria » Varna Province » Varna March 8th 2020

5th March 2020 Istanbul We flew back to Istanbul today and will head to Varna on the bus tomorrow. The Celul Sultan hotel is right in the centre of Sultanahmet, so it was a nice to walk around again in a city that has become so familiar, one last time. The hotel manager tells me he has given us an upgrade. It's an OK room at best and I dread to think what we might have faced otherwise! We can't believe the increase in people here in just three weeks! The centre is buzzing as people wander about taking pictures of the city lights. It dawns on me that I haven't taken a single photo all day. Better get snapping! 6th March 2020 Istanbul - Varna, Bulgaria Our cab to the bus station this morning has ... read more
Varna
Varna
Varna

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia March 4th 2020

3rd/4th Feb 2020 Goreme, Cappadocia The Green Tour! There are three tours you can do at any one of the hundred tour agencies in the little town of Goreme. Red, Green and Blue. We opted for green and today we travelled around 250 kms to visit some spectacular sights. The Derinkuyu underground city: These cave cities were originally excavated around 1700 BC, and are as deep as 85m! That's almost 4000 years old! They believe they were built to withstand attacks rather than be permanent dwellings, but they contained all of the usual rooms found in a normal city - stables, storage rooms, kitchens, wineries, studies and churches. The extensive network of passages and tunnels and inclined corridors linked family rooms and communal spaces where people would meet, work and worship. Corridors could be quickly blocked ... read more
Goreme, Cappadocia
Goreme, Cappadocia
Goreme, Cappadocia

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia March 2nd 2020

28th/29th Feb 2020 Antalya As planned, we just took it easy this past two days, catching up on laundry, sleep and walking miles and miles around the city and the old town. This is a really pretty town with a really positive vibe, and it has real Melbourne weather - raining one minute, sunshine the next. We are heading for Cappadocia tomorrow morning on the 7.30am Kamil Koc bus. I'm not sure what made me look for the bus route online, but I did. The bus on this route only leaves twice a day, every day. For some reason, I can't see the bus we are travelling on. It's showing a shedule for the night bus but not the morning bus...... our bus. Perhaps its booked up now. Perhaps its not a real bus. Perhaps I'm ... read more
Cappadocia
Cappadocia
Goreme

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Antalya February 27th 2020

25 Feb 2020 Pamukkale Today turned out to be one of my favourites.This morning we drove out to the last of the ruins at Laodecia, another ancient biblical city mentioned in Revelations, and the last use of the infamous Museum Pass! Each site we've visited has had its own unique highlight. Today, we are at a live excavation site, and the team are reconstructing the western Theatre. It is facsinating to watch the sand blasting of pillars, meticulously measured so that each piece perfectly fits the next. This site is going to be absolutely incredible in years to come. It covers 5 hectares! Shane says: Museum card totals: Up 120 lira. There you go Sharls, well worth the museum card. Sharls says: There's a little spot that has piqued my interst around 40kms away called Kaklik ... read more
Laodecia
Laodecia
Kaklik Cave

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Pamukkale February 24th 2020

23 Feb 2020 Sirince We decided to catch the town bus to the little town of Sirince today. Its a little piece of heaven about 8 kms away. Being a Sunday, this small Greek village, surrounded by thousands of Olive trees, is expected to be a little busy with weekend visitors. I'm not sure if it is always bazarre like, but it is today, and we're browsing through the produce on offer, including the wine tastings, which are at almost every 5th shop. Now I've heard a little bit about the differnet types of milk that are ingested in this part of the world, and of their medicinal qualities, but I'm a little surprised that horse and donkey milk are a thing! Donkey milk is apparently very similar to human milk so is very nutritious for ... read more
Pamukkale
Pamukkale
Pamukkale

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk February 22nd 2020

21 Feb 2020 Izmir - Selçuk Today we caught the train to Selcuk and we're staying at St John Hotel for the next three nights. The dude at the front desk hasn't made a great impression, and neither has the damp smell in the room. There are about ten things on the list to do here over the next two days and I'm wondering if we're going to fit them all in. We arrived at around 2 and had a delicious bowl of lentil soup for lunch. The restaurant is owned by a lovely couple. The dishes are made for the day and you basically choose what you want from whatever is cooked on the day. I did notice on the board out front that they serve Moussaka. I asked the owner if they have it ... read more
Selçuk
Selçuk
Selçuk

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Izmir » Konak February 20th 2020

17.02.20 Ayvalik- Izmir So its so long Ayvalik! We had another weird dining experience last night at Mira Steak house. Another one of those "Oh, come and have a look at the cabinet....it will be like a live menu!", nights. T-bone steak for Shane and a turkish kebab for moi. He also brings us a "spoonful of everything" from the Mezze cabinet and a little something extra "on the house". Apparently it is raw meat with spices and red rice all minced together. And it's delicious! There is so much food we are clearly not going to be able to eat our main meals! I have a rule usually, that we dont eat anything that looks a bit dubious the night before a travel day, because on the odd occasion it has all gone to shit, ... read more
Pergamon
Pergamon
Pergamon

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Ayvalik February 16th 2020

13 Feb 2020 Çanakkle Its a beautiful sun shiney day here today, so we took a trip out to the ancient city of Troy, about 35kms from here. Its quite astounding that there have been nine cities built one on top of the other over the last 3500 years! We pretty much have the site to ourselves too which is one of the benefits of travelling here in the off season. We took some left over bread with us to feed the puppies and dogs as well. The Gallipoli guide did it a couple of days ago too, so we thought why not! TheTurkish government has a special program for stray dogs. The stray dogs have an identification tag on their ear which means they have already been picked and brought to the local shelter for ... read more
Troy
Troy
Çanakkle




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