The Peloponnese

Igoumentisa, 01.09.2019 After 2 weeks of disconnect on an island in the Aegean, the car ferry reached the port of Piraeus at 05:00 in the morning. Driving through the deserted streets of Athens in the dark felt surreal, given the daytime traffic I was used to navigate in that city. Just half an hour later …

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Hellas

Athens, 16.08.2019 Istanbul in the morning of the Eid holiday was empty, trafficless and calm when I left it westwards. I'd never have imagined using these words to describe the city. The few hours to the border passed without major excitements. I skipped a winery visit I had thought about, as the Mini was already …

Crossing the Bosphorus

Istanbul, 12.08.2019 In the past three months I had crossed the borders of Europe and Asia repeatedly. In the Urals and the Caucasus I criss-crossed from one side to the other. From Çanakkale to the Gallipoli peninsula it was a short 30 mins crossing over the Dardanelles on the car ferry, avoiding the big cargo …

Mediterranean

Çanakkale, 10.08.2019 It's home, the sea, the wind and the heat of the Mediterranean. And it's very much defined by what I know from the northern stretch between the Aegean and the pillars of Hercules. Looking at the map this is just about a third of the total coastline of the actual Mediterranean sea. The …

Borderlands

Mersin, 05.08.2019 14 real border crossings after leaving Barcelona 11 weeks ago, there were two more to go. I expected these to be of the easier sort. Reaching the Georgian border post, in 10 minutes and a short conversation later I was done. It only took so "long" because the officer saw that I had …

Wining and dining

Cildir, 02.08.2019 One of the oldest know wine producing regions in the world is in Georgia, dating back to over 8000 years ago. I knew little about Georgian wine beyond the heavy Saperavi red wines that can be found in Georgian restaurants abroad and a short culinary discovery in 2013 while passing through the country. …

The Caucasus

Ikalto, 30.07.2019 The Caucasus mountains divide Europe from Asia between the Black and Caspian seas. Driving back I wanted to check out the mountain range. Unfortunately manmade borders and political issues put up a few restrictions. There is only one border between Russia and Georgia open at the moment, as the two countries are in …