Thursday, August 03, 2006

Athens to Istanbul

The original master plan was to take a ferry from Greece to Turkey. This would save miles on the car, give us a taste of the Greek Islands, and allow us to meet up with our friend Steph and her cohorts who are vacationing on the coast of turkey. But alas... it was not to be. It turns out that around July 29th, all Greeks who are not immediately essential to the tourist industry flee the mainland and go to the islands, thereby filling up every single ferry. No soup for us. Or Uzo. Whatever.

With no ferry, we were forced to drive back up Greece to Thessalonki, and then east to Istanbul - about 1200km. The drive was mostly uneventful, except for a huuuuge line at the Turkish border, which when combined with confusing car paperwork resulting in a 3 hour border crossing.

Coming soon...
PICTURE 039 - now drinkanddrive.jpg

The border was where we first learned of the Turkish affinity towards honking. I mean, the Greeks liked honking too, but the Turks seemed to make an art form out of it. The video below should give some indication.

Coming soon... VIDEO OF HONKING TURKS
PICTURES OF US PUSHING THE CAR PAST TURKING BORDER SIGNS

After the border, it was more traffic and more honking but eventually we made it to Istanbul and found a pretty kickin' hotel on the cheap.

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