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Departure to the east

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…or northeast?
For 2 months we were forced to stay in our home stable, to get our “RuGa-li” back in shape and to tinker with our further travel plans; the Corona pandemic not only restricted our freedom of movement but also that of all of us. Read More

Corona’s on the loose…

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…the return home!
A crazy time was already behind us and there should be some more interesting moments. Finally we had downloaded the reservation confirmation of the ferry and all necessary papers, which Anja printed out on her printer, so that we could show the police the required paper versions. Read More

Corona quarantine

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Caught at the Azapika Beach/Chalkidiki
The Greek Government’s request was brief and unequivocal! From 23 March, all residents will have to withdraw into a two-week self-isolation period and only for the most essential matters will they be allowed to leave the house. Short sports activities and walks with the dog are allowed. The restrictions were very restrictive and whoever was on the move had to be able to identify themselves to the authorities. For a trip to the nearest grocery store, to the doctor or even just for a short walk, a permit always had to be carried along. In case of violation, a fine of at least 150 € had to be expected.
And, what was valid for the local population, the many stranded tourists with their mobile accommodations also had to adhere strictly. ….so the specification of the authorities!
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…back in Europe

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Bulgaria and northern Greece; a little travel crime novel
Tensely we rolled towards the Bulgarian border fence. The tension on our part was enormous and a possible refusal of entry due to the Corona virus would have led to a huge fiasco for us. The first border tree opened and already we were standing in front of a box-like passage. From a small house a man in protective suit waved to us. We handed him our passports, but he only wanted 3 Euro for the passage through the disinfection plant, which reminded more of a ridiculous and self-made plant than an effective disinfection plant; maybe a remnant from the communist era? Read More

Turkey

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West Coast – Central Anatolia – Black Sea Coast
The reception at René ** and Zehra’s in Ҫeşme could not have been more cordial than if we had been best friends for many years. In just a few days we were offered another, more intensive piece of Turkey that we would never have experienced in this way; it was virtually a little glimpse behind the scenes in the company of the best connoisseurs. Between Ҫeşme and Ismir we were guided to places that only a local knows, or to the finest restaurants and excellent food. I have never seen such a complete and neatly restored BMW motorcycle collection as here in Turkey. No travel guide could have familiarized us so intensively with the country and its people. I would like to thank both René and Zehra for their generous hospitality. Read More

Southern Turkey

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…from southwest to east and back again!
The entry of the small Turkish ferry boat in Rhodes was like a small redemption for us; finally we continued our journey and nothing stood in the way of the crossing to Turkey. Or was there?
The captain himself wanted to see the valid insurance papers before loading our jeep, as he had to take us back to the European area immediately in case of invalid papers. A small foretaste that we will now leave Europe for the Asian area. Read More

Island hopping – …Crete – Rhodes

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“We fled south to Crete and found winter! Snow up to 600 meters above sea level… (but first one after the other. 😉 )

After a long night on the ferry we reached Chaniá on Crete in the morning. The sun was already laughing at us since the morning hours and we enjoyed the warmth on the deck of the ferry and felt like on a small cruise. Read More