Wednesday, 5 May 2010

not the bird version 5th may

did have a "rock" picture to post from Bulgaria as apparently Byron passed through Bicer/harmanli on one of his sojourns and there is a momument to commenorate this in the village...but no pics are uploading at the moment anyway !
Into Turkey and across the car ferry from Gelibou we attempted to order some lunch which ended upwith a french speaking turkish lady trying to help out and then Cath being taken to the kitchen to point out which filling we required in our gozleme! Very tasty anyway when we got it sorted!
On the road again we failed to find the campsite or rather we did find it but it was far from open. (at Edek) so pushed on to Bursa. Failed to find the hotel in the outskirts and after the second time onto the ring road were "glad" to see a sign for Holiday Inn....not quite the ethnic small pensiyon we had been looking for......however it turned out well as they offered a free shuttle bus service into the centre so we availed ourselves of that today and saw the sights.
Bursa was once the capital of the ottaman balkans and also has a thriving silk trade so plenty to see including three mosques and a building housing the sarcophagii of the sultan and family with spectacular turquoise tiles and gold islamic caligraphy.
picked up car again from hotel and came here to Bandirma for the night before setting off tomorrow to Selcuk/Ephesus via the Kus Cenneti bird reserve.
just been out for a beer and watched some backgammon played at great speed plus Trabzon football supporters driving through the town with horns blaring ...have yet to find out the significance of that!