iSTANBUL

All 4 of our parents came to visit us in istanbul, our last stopping point in Europe. Sitting atop the hill, the palace and mosques dominate the centre of town. As well as the sights above ground, the cisterns are incredible. Forgotten for centuries, they were rediscovered when it was found that water and sometimes…

Kiyikoy to Yalikoy

We heard of a road along the Turkish coast linking the towns of Kiyikoy and Yalikoy from a German couple we bumped into in Bulgaria. There’s no such road according to our map, and Google marks an incomplete track, but we thought we’d check it out. The track wound it’s way up and down along…

Transfagarasan

Today we cycled one of the most amazing roads in the world. The Transfagarasan Highway rises almost 2000m above the valley to pass over the Muntil Fagaras, in central Romania. After 31km of climbing on switchbacks, the view from the top is breathtaking. And it’s then followed by 60km of downhill.

Romanian Hospitality Part II

We just used warmshowers.org for the second time and stayed with the lovely Familia Moga. As well as having 4 cows to make their own milk and cheese, they had 6 kittens who delayed our departure by about an hour.

Romanian Hospitality

Yesterday evening, we got caught in a thunderstorm trying to find a road out of Lascud. This was one of the many occasions in Romania where we would try to follow a minor road marked on the map, only to discover that it doesn’t actually exist in real life. We asked directions from some locals…

Drum Bun

We entered Romania with a sense of trepidation, having been warned that cycle touring in the country could be a difficult experience. So far, we have had an amazing time here. Beautiful roads, quiet rural towns and very friendly locals, always willing to point us in the right direction and wishing us ‘Drum Bun’.