November

(Click here for September's photos or here for October's photos)

Weeks 10 - 12: Syria & Turkey

 

Cappadocia

Larking about in caves


Crossing the Taurus mountains

Our highest pass yet: 1720m


Rolling down the valleys


Bread and nutella pit stops



Crossing in to Syria

More punctures

A strange but appropriate sign pointing us in the right direction


Mosques

Emily the elf in mandatory modesty-protecting robes





Aleppo and Damascus

 

Street food Syrian style

 Shwarma


Assorted 'stuff'


Dried fruit - from kiwis to tomatoes


Fuul - breakfast beans


Sugar and spice . . . 


Pomegranate juice

. . . and all things nice


Ruins

Qala'at Samaan - a church built to honour St Simeon who lived on top of an 18m pillar. It was the biggest church in the word at that time (500AD)


Apamea



Dead city of Al-Bara (plus our hosts)


Crac des Chevaliers - 1000 yr old crusader fortress ("The finest castle in the world" according to TE Lawrence)


Syrian hospitality

One of our many olive grove campsites, and one of our even more many roadside cups of tea


The Baroum family and their mysteriously ginger baby 


The walking jedi teddy - our favourite host



Desert road

 


Weeks 8 & 9: Turkey 

Underground Roman cistern featured in a Bond film!! 


mmmmmmm kebab meat


Wiling away the hours with backgammon and sheesha in Istanbul


Blue mosque 


Inside some of Istanbul's many mosques 


Back on the road after a (dry) week off, and we hit a spot of rain 

Taking a respite from the rains in a village tea house, and being plied with sweet tea and biscuits, and oversized mens clothing


Sunset over the valley after we climbed up to 1300m, but it was a bit nippy for camping . . .


the Kangal - a bad bad bad dog

Beautiful valleys in central turkey - do not be fooled in to thinking it was flat! 


Tea and puncture repair stop 

  

Our lovely hosts that let us 'camp' in the village school 


Coming in to Cappadocia with the Taurus mountains rising up in the background - our next challenge 


 Byzantine frescoes in the cave churches of Goreme


Picnic in the Goreme valley with more cycle tourers

Hot air balloons over Cappadocia at sunrise 

See photos from September here.

See photos from October here.

 
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