Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Kos Greece to Bodrum Turkey


The ferry from Santorini to Kos, Greece is a midnight ferry.  The port is right down the serpentine cliff road.. and here I wait.. all on my lonesome.  Well, except for a really cute stray dog that wouldn't leave my side.  If I sat in a chair, he sat IN the chair next to me.. If he heard a noise, he perked up and growled.. how cute to have my own little security device.


Eventually a handful of tourists were dropped off at the port as well, and ferry finally arrives.  I am here off season which means ferry choices are few!  But I'd rather go at midnight than at Noon during season with the supersize tour groups. ;-)


Made it through the night, off the ferry in Kos.. just in time for a beautiful sunrise.  Hmm, what to do when you arrive an island so early in the morning??  Explore!  What else!




There goes my ferry to Rhodes, Greece..



That dag gone shadow is following me everywhere this morning!














 

I rode around the entire island and could have gone to the next ferry to Bodrum Turkey that afternoon.. but Miss Polytimi from Athens has decided she would like to get a taste of this travel on her new motorcycle.. and I love the company, so I decide to stay the night as her ferry is to arrive from Athens the next morning.

And here she is!


Early morning arrival and off to the first available ferry to Turkey this afternoon.. didn't know what to expect, but it's a cute little ferry!  I am used to little ferries, and big ferries now.. I still can't believe how much of my journey involves a ferry!


We did it!

Arrival to Bodrum Turkey.. another new country, try to set the gps.


Navigating Bodrum, even with a gps turned out to be a great challenge.. it was taking me on pedestrian only paths right through the crowded market center near the marina..  I don't understand, but I do know I need off this track!  Finally wiggled my way out with Polly following.. (I can hear the locals now as I tried to find my way.. damnn foreigners..) ha!

I had an address to the pansion I had prebooked.  But it just was not going to happen.  Turning circles, I still don't know why the gps is all over the place, but the streets are thin and going every which way, must be built long before cars were part of the scene. We finally found a lovely man who led us to the address on his scooter.. Wonderful man!!











And with a new challenge of getting our motorcycles up a very tall concrete step for safe parking inside.. we're here!

This was Poly's first attempt at such a step.. I've done worse, still worried about it..but I wanted to give it a go. Poly didn't want to and insisted to leave her bike parked on the street. It took a little encouragement, even though I am not the best person to give the advice.. but, she eventually did it too!! 

We have a lot to accomplish in a short time, and I wanted to see a bit of Bodrum, so we had a quick walk around.  Gee whiz they have some lovely things here.  Always a challenge when I see fun stuff I would love to have, and I can't buy it!  So, a photo will have to suffice..



Then it's the next challenge to get local money in a new country (Turkish Lira) and a mobile phone sim card.  I always try to get one if I will be in country more than 2 or 3 days..and I plan for 10 days in Turkey.  However, we are getting quite the run around as to where and how in Turkey.. Each store I go to seems to not know how to sell a sim card to a foreign person and pass us on to another shop.


Luckily, Poly made the process more fun as she dropped her supersize Starbucks coffee in this one!!

Knowing we can't buy anything, we wander around Bodrum to see more of what it is like.. These Turkish boys on the beach must be best friends..



 Turkish scooter, no doubt!

Wood boats are the go around here.. I can only imagine what it's like during summer tourist season, there are so many!

Caught a couple of guys playing cards in the morning on this one..

It's fun to have a friend to wander around town with.. I usually do this alone, so it's a nice treat for me that Poly came all the way from Athens to enjoy a few days with me in Turkey..  watch out Turkey.. two female bikers on the loose!!! ;-)
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3 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see Turkey through your photos :-)
    Do you buy a GPS when you arrive in another country or does your GPS cover all of Europe and Turkey? how about when you were going through Russia and Mongolia?

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  2. Hi George.. Garmin sponsored my gps maps for the world, but they didn't seem to cover Turkey, Bosnia, Serbia, Romania or Bulgaria. A friend uploaded a new map for Turkey.. the other countries I did paper maps, until the functions returned once I got back into Croatia. ;-)

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  3. I was waiting for this post...nicely done ladies!

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