Today I arrived to Istanbul, Turkey!
Yesterday I found nice family owned hotel close to Turkish border.
I also found the camping area which was suggested by Swiss Rider, but could not stay there because I needed to finalize finnish version of the blog… 🙂
For dinner I had some meat and beer 🙂 Meat was surprice, because I did not understand the menu and waiter did not speak english 🙂 So, I just pointed something in the menu and hoped that it would be good. Well, it was and beer was cold 🙂
This morning I crossed to Turkey via small border in Aziziye (filled gastank in Bulgaria, because fuel over there is much cheaper than in Turkey). Totally border crossing took around 30 minutes. People were really friendly at the border, so it was really a nice process.
Just a note: Turkish motorways have toll gates. You cannot pay with cash or credit card, you need to have special prepay card to pass through the gates. Well, I did not had it and I was able to get through two different gates 🙂
You can buy it at least from few Shell gas-stations in Istanbul (no, I do not know where else) when you ask “KGS kart, Otoban gishe”.
I was also told that with foreign (not Turkish) licesenseplate, you can basicly just pass the gates…
Thanks Tufan and Dogan for arranging me a place to sleep for few nights in Istanbul! 🙂
I will stay now in Istanbul for 2-3 days.
As a last comment:
In Bulgaria, Black Sea coast is mainly populated by tourist attractions and tourist centers… People were really really nice everywhere where I stopped. Unfortunately I missed real Bulgaria due to my route selection, but some day I want to see Bulgaria better 🙂