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September 20th 2016
Published: September 20th 2016
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KARS. REST DAY 2. 19 September,2016
Kars has many cheese shops and fresh honey stores. Cheesemaking, using cows' milk, was introduced during the Russian era 1875-1925. Bee keeping and honey production has been an industry here for a Millenia. The cheeses are large wheels of a tasty cheddar style. A cheese is also made using honey, I am still on the hunt! Like elsewhere along the Silk Road, there are many sweet cake stores. In Kars, the specialities are varieties of Baklava, (honey).
Decided that I like Kars, it has attractive parks and buildings, a fantastic coffee house and some tasty food, and bustling city centre with promenading families in the evenings.
Travel plans for the week ahead have been posted, 850 kms+, 7 kms of climbing and 9 kms of descent in 7 days, with patches of offroad and broken tarmac - it will be a tough week!! Likely no internet in the period ahead. Everyone should however be well rested after 3 days off the bikes! Hopefully the photos wereposted on the "error" page sent 5 minutes ago!!


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