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Middle East » Turkey » Black Sea » Artvin August 7th 2013

Wed 7th of August 2013 - Erzurum to Hopa on the Black sea coast The car still had the problem starting first thing in the morning, so I decided to return to the car workshop to seek help from my friend Veysel the mechanic. Because I could not explain the problem to him in Turkish, I took a video of the ignition problem and showed him. His diagnosis was that it is a electrical problem and took the car to the auto electrician. This man quickly checked the glow plugs and found only 1 in 5 of the glow plugs was working. So the failed glow plugs were replaced and then I bid them farewell as I was about to leave Erzurum. I headed towards the seaside town of Hopa and arrived at around 6pm. So ... read more
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Keeping the car cooler by opening the bonnet slightly

Middle East » Turkey » Black Sea » Artvin July 20th 2013

19th sat on our way to croatia we stopped in a small town called Mostar which was the worst bomb place to see in this area. They worked out there was a bomb every 49 seconds for two whole years, which is crazy. There are so many bombed buildings and we went to the old bridge over the neretva river which the locals jump off its 20m high and the water is only 5m deep, dangerous. Then we walked up to the old bank building where they snippered the civilians, so the whole that you see behind me in the photo is where they shot out of, and where the junkies hang out at night, so there were a few dodge characters hangn round. Next off to Dubrovnik yay party party.... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Black Sea » Artvin June 6th 2009

After my two days in Batum, I crossed the border from Sarp. The taxi drivers on the Turkish side annoyed me before by asking more money they should so this time I made sure about the money I should pay. But this time they tricked me once more by squeezing me in a taxi full of people. There are some places in earth which you should never ever take a taxi and Turksh side of Sarp border is definetely one of them. Choose minibusses in the border or take a bus from Batumi bus terminal which take you to the Turkish towns if you ever be there. The destination I was going was Macahel which means wristle-hand in Georgian. This is a place located in Turkish-Georgian border with its habitatants all Georgians. The region is actually ... read more
Road to Maral Fall
For carrying stuff to home
Valley

Middle East » Turkey » Black Sea » Artvin August 13th 2008

Tag 37 bis 49, 8.750 km von Galway Wir sind in Asien! Juhu! ... und haben schon eine Menge erlebt, seitdem wir den Bosporus ueberquert haben..... Das Wichtigste zuerst: Ja, wir waren in Georgien. Aber leider nur 4 Tage. Als wir gehoert haben, dass Georgien von russischen Truppen bombardiert wird, haben wir das Land sofort (am Samstag den 09.08., also einen Tag nach Kriegsausbruch) wieder verlassen. Wir sind gesund und munter und nun wieder in der Tuerkei. Nun aber alles huebsch der Reihe nach: In der Tuerkei (bevor wir nach Georgien gereist sind), haben wir nicht nur die Straende am Schwarzen Meer getestet und uns die Baeuche mit super leckerem tuerkischen Essen vollgeschlagen, wir haben auch schon Wasserfaelle erklettert, eimerweise kostenlos Tee getrunken, noch viel mehr Eimer Tee freundlich abgelehnt, sind bei Nebel in den Bergen ... read more
Ottoman houses in Safranbolu
Optimistic architecture
Metal workshop

Middle East » Turkey » Black Sea » Artvin November 15th 2007

House life in Barhal, Barhal'in ev hayati... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Black Sea » Artvin November 10th 2007

His name is Mustafa Aygün but everybody calls him Mevlut Çavus, the nickname of its father. I met him in 1994 when I arrived to Barhal for the first time, in 1997 I stood in its house and since then I go at least once to the year. Onun ismi Mustafa Aygü, ama herkes ona Mevlut Çavus derler, babasinin lakasi. 1994'te tanististik, o anda ilk kez Barhala gittim, 97'de onun evinde kaldim ve ondan itibaren her sene giderim, son seneler Ramazan Bayramda.... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Black Sea » Artvin November 10th 2007

The church is one of the best kept in the region, was built in the 10th century as a monastry dedicated to John the Baptist at that time Barhal was a part of Georgia and probably was a donation from the royal family. the Church became mosque in the late 18th century during the time of the Sultan Abdül-Hamid the 1st, the firman of the event is in the muhtarlik, they still call it "Kilise" There are some stones with sculptures in the façade, tunels contecting to the other side of the mountains and we all think that arround it there must be a lot of tresures digged. Barhal Manastýrý bu bölgede bulunan en önemli tarihi eserler arasýndadýr. Barhal Manastýr Kilisesi X. y.y’da “Vaftizci Yahya” adýna Bagratlý Krallýðý’nca inþa edilmiþtir. Kilise üç nefli bazýlý kal planýna ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Black Sea » Artvin November 9th 2007

His name is Mustafa Akarsu but everibody calls him Sofi, because of his grandfather who knew a lot about religion. He is also Mustafa's best friend. Hepsi onu "Sofi" olarak taniyor, dedesinden dolay, ayni anda Mustafas en iyi bir arkadasi.... read more
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