|Dates:||22 Jun 2017 - 17 Sep 2017|
|Duration:||2 months, 3 weeks|
Luc & Julia's Roadtrip with the 28 year old VW LT 31, starting from Basel on the 22nd June 2017 towards East.
Flying through the fantastic stone region of Cappadoccia
Waking up at 6 am, having a self-made coffee and sitting on the great terrace of the Camping, while watching more than 80 balloons going up into the air and passing over Cappadocia during the sunrise! Just a great start in the morning.
Julia found the Winery...of course..! ;-)
The tunnels between the rooms are really tight. Nothing for claustrophobic people!!
The underground city of Kaymakli. The can host up to 3500 people and are about 8 underground floors deep carved into the stone to protect the local Christian community from predators. The city included storage places, stables, living rooms, kitchens, churches and even wineries!! The ventilation system is a 70m long shaft, passing in the middle of the city. Here you can see a typical room with many "doors" leading to different rooms. In the center is a mil stone which was used to close passages, against invaders.
Jogging in the morning keeps sorrows away!
A great scenery for jogging. A 10km long canyon with cave houses at the side and a river in between! Just amazing...
Our campsite just between rivers and underneath the trees (we just ignored the concrete all around ;-) ). We had to put our power cable of 60m, which was really just enough, over this really stable bridge to supply our van with power.
A great mountain with cave houses....apparently Star Wars took place here....may the force be with us!! ;-)
The modern Winnetou...!
Filling up your car at a petrol station can very easily lead to some cup of tea and the invitation to stay over night there and have dinner! Thanks a lot Fahri! ;-)
The biggest Caravansaye stopover along the Silk Road, built in 1229 ac. Every 30-50km there was a fortified housing for the travelers, who got free accommodation and food. Good old days.
50km straight road, scenery: flat fields...couldn't happen in Switzerland
Driving in Turkey requires a lot of fine feeling!! Despite these strict rules, people have their own way of driving: overtaking from the right, making two lanes out of one and going much faster than certain signs....its an adventure and here you learn how to drive ;-)
Enjoying the atmosphere and mingling in with the many muslim tourists
Maybe the worlds smallest version of Koran. The writer became blind when he wrote it :-o
The tomb of Rumi...impressive how well his words suit to modern days...
Fixing our White Wheely again....after checking water we forgot to put everything together completely. Fortunately, they discovered the water leakage at the nearby petrol station and a friendly truck driver helped us out! On the road again...
Staying over night in park was incredibly overwhelming! In total we were invited four times for tea, twice for dinner and received several different fruits. Unfortunately we couldn't accept them all...! ;-) But such incredibly nice people! In the picture a mother with her two daughters with whom we had tea and snacks.
Another impression from the road....after a long time finally a curve again! At the side mostly flat and really dry land, some agriculture and after a while some mountains again.
Finally again a fruitful and green valley...
some windmills, rather modern...
A really big salt lake along the road, even a railway made it out here
Our accomadation in Pammukale with a great water sledge in front of the chalk terasses
The beautiful chalk terraces of Pamukkale
Julia posing ...
What you can find on the road...oh its a red submarine travelling through turkey..! ;-)
Eating some Koefte (meatballs) with a great scenery...At that time we were the only guests while at least 8 people where somehow working there! ;-)
Good morning! We looove wild camping here...so easy and great spots just next to the beach...
Yeah! Back in Turkey & our White Wheely is still there next to the big ships
Short stop on Kos...unfortunately the effects of the earthquake are still visible :-( At the side the famos tree of Hippokrates
Saying goodbye...we had a fantastic time! Thank you for everything :-)
Uhhhaaaa! Helping in the garden and conquoring the palm trees!
What a wonderful island...even the goats pass by to say hello...
Playing backgammon...training for the brain ;-)
Date night with delicious Greek food...a typical Greek couple ;-)
Between Asia & Europe...on our way to Kalymnos to visit Luc's mother...first time without our White Wheely :-o it was quite interesting to organise that we can leave Turkey without our van...hopefully customs hands it back when we return ;-)
Ice cream!!!! Julia is in heaven...first time ice cream during our travels...as we had to spend 6h in Turgutreis until the ferry to Kalymnos left, so we spoiled ourselves...
Beautiful clouds, huge freshwater lake and relaxed driving...life is good
Tropical beaches at the Mediterranian ocean. But unfortunately, the end of the summer is approaching...which means we have a good sleep with only 25C during the night
Now this is an honest advertisement!! ;-)
Julia standing in front of the main "door" way of the market place
Old terrasse houses of Ephesus...the architectural style didn't change too much in the last 1000 years
The Amphitheater of Ephesus
It had to happen...a flat tire!! :-/ Fortunately Julia felt it immediately and pulled over as it happened on the highway...also it was not too hot anymore and we could figure out how our repair stuff works. It took quite some time to get off the really rusty screws, but we finally made it!! In the next garage, they exchanged the valve (which was broken), while we were drinking the offered tea! After a relaxed 20min we had to pay only 10 €, which somehow is standard during our travel (the third time we pay this price in a garage). But really great service!!
What a great windsurfing day!!! A lot of wind, a lot of fun and a lot of adrenalin and sometimes too much power...! :-( after surfing about 4 hours my hands were bleeding, in total five blisters and two bad cuts, but it was totally worth it!!
Freshly grilled local fish! How delicious...
Julia racing around with harness...even finding some time to wave to her fans!! ;-)
After two hours of searching for a new gasbottle we finally found a tiny shop in some narrow streets. Even though we have Swiss gas pipes, the guy said..."no problem, I will do"...so finally we now have a new Turkish gasbottle! Fortunately with some force it just fitted into our caravan!
Julia looking for lunch...
Arrived in Alacati...windsurfing for the next days! Julia's first lesson: watch, learn & relax
Our little farm
Is it a dog or a chicken? :-o Who would have thought...Julia is starting to love dogs...
New haircut for Luc. With Google Translate and arms & legs he almost managed to explain the hairdresser what he wants ;-) But we got chai afterwards ☕️
Work work work - we helped to finish the isolation of this wooden house. Unfortunately Luc's pants decided to do the opposite ;-)
Fantastic börek that Julia almost made herself
Dinner at "our" little farm! Getting working experience of the different kind
Helping to turn 65kg tomatoes into sauce
Driving in Izmir was an experience!! Julia adapted to the Turkish way of driving...haha
Helping two guys from Greece who got stranded at a gas station...their motorcycle broke Thanks to Google Translate a Turkish guy, 2 Greek guys and a Swiss & Austrian could communicate
After an afternoon of playing volleyball we enjoyed a bottle of Turkish wine which we got as a present Q: Why we got it? A: Just because we are van neighbours :-)
Biggest Turkish festival and we were there!! Probably the only ones who didnt speak Turkish
Our first tramp ;-) a fine artist who was on his way to a music festival...thanks for the great time Sükrü!!
At the beach again....
First time cleaning the van...Julia is having fun!!
Fitness exercise for free....it was quite steep up the hill! Hopefully we will not go through such training!
Boarder to Turkey
New mechanic! Luc in action "repairing" our top window (duck tape & sheet protector)...unfortunately the window made acquaintance with a garage roof in Kosovo...
The roads get exciting - 3km = 20min
Maybe the dog joins Julia's yoga session?
Those dots are flamingos!!! In the Nestos National Park
Let's go swimming!
The White Wheely also likes it between big caravans - crowded but nice campsite
Beautiful beach but it was definitely not the best idea to go for our morning run at 9:45 - dead afterwards!
Having arrived in Greece we found this peaceful spot next to the beach. Enjoying a glass of redwine and watching the waves was the perfect way to be welcomed in Greece after the long drive…
Back in the EU....! ;-)
Long drive today - 550km - 3 countries - but still we have the chance to enjoy the beauty of Macedonia’s landscape
And the second time at a garage in Kosovo. Even though we arrived at the end of the opening hours those 3 mechanics took the time to repair our window. Not having AC -> opening windows is quite important to us ;-)
Yeah we found the 3rd and probably last sight of Pristina - spacy looking library!
An impressive monument honouring the strength of the women during wartime…
New Born - sightseeing in Pristina. To be honest we were positively surprised how many shops, people and prestigious cars were around...
This is called appetizer - after this the real dinner with fish started! Very delicious and extremely economic prices
Our white wheely is getting some cosmetic repairs (leaking air from exhauste pipe). The mechanic quickly cut a metal part and soldered it to the car, 15min and done!! By the way, the car just fitted inside the garage, scratching only a little bit at the roof.
Welcome to Kosovo...!
Skopje, what a culturally nice and interesting city. The amount of sculputures is incredible, during our stay we saw at least 50 different ones
Finally, some rain and "long-pants-weather"! Unfortunately too late, since we couldn't hike as planed to the highest mountain of Macedonia because of bush fires. So we had to change plans and are heading in direction of Kosovo instead.
Beautiful lake of Mavrovo
inside the church
A church which was drowned and yet re-dried again!! The banks of the lake are clearly visible at the side!
Sun set over the Mavrovo national park
The wonderful old city of Orhid with the impressive castle (Samuel's Fortress)
Now that's a nice car!!
Desperate need for some culture; classical music in an old church (852 AD) during the Ohrid summer festival
Luc writing his proposal, travelling is not always fun!! ;-)
Playing a great outdoor wodden game (Mölkky) with our neighbours
Our White Wheely
Moon rising over the mountains of Macedonia
Its Monday again....! ;-) We wish you a great start into the week, cheers!
Tirana - maybe not the most impressive capital but nice people
Everybody loves the White Wheely
After a day at the pool we made it up the hill to Rozafa castle
Another border: Montenegro to Albania Officially our van can only take 3 people so Philipp & Julia have to cross the border by foot ;-)
All 4 of us...maybe not 100% legal but 100% fun
12km sandy beach
Our vehicule for the next travel...so big, so great!! ;-)
Hello coastline of Montenegro! Many people but stunning view - here: Sveti Stefan
Our new camping neighbours! Yesterday we picked up Philipp & Julia from Podgorica airport. Happy to travel with friends the next days...
Ostrog - one of the 3 main Russian Orthodox monuments. It was built in a cave on this steep stonewall. We thought it is best to walk up the "short" trip to experience the pilgram feeling - not the best idea at 38°C during lunchtime
Just arrived in Montenegro and we have already made friends <3 next to a lake those 3 families saw us and immediately invited us to have bbq with them...it was such a great evenig! Hvala!
Narrow street, many tight turns and dark tunels
What a view on Piva lake. We were driving for about 15km along this beautiful lake. And finally a extremely narrow street up to enjoy this view!
...and finally cooling down again
And another great rafting tour. Now on the river Tara, the natural border between Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro. Julia before jumping into the freezing water...
The "main" road to Montenegro. At the edge of these 3m it is just an incrediblely steep drop...about 500m straight down to the river Tara
This was apparently a nice restaurant / cafe 25 years ago before the war
Meeting with Andelka and her family. Julia went to school with her and thanks to a very spontaneous invitation we spent a lovely afternoon together! Thank you Angie!
The "tunel of hope" or "tunel of life". An 800m long tunnel going underneath the international airport of Sarajevo. During the war it connected the seiged city of Savarjevo to the outside to provide supplies, weapons and transport people. The seige itself lasted nearly 4 years, leaving behind a nearly completely damaged city. What a sad part of history...
Sarajevo is a rolemodel when it comes to tolerance! A great hub of intercultural lifestyle and religious monuments just next to each other. Within close vicinity, there is a Mosque, Catholique Church, Orthodox Church and Synagogue
The "War Childhood Museum" in Sarajevo! An exhibition of the Most precious objects belonging to a generation of lost youth. A real must-see. Intense, emotional & deep insights.
The old "metal workshop" of Sarajevo
Quite a challenge for our 2500kg...ufff! Just afterwards there was a sign next to the road "beware of mines" next to a hiking sign...I guess thats called adventure hiking...
Posing with the "active aging" group, which is supported by Red Cross Switzerland. Julia was fascinated by their enthusiasmn & motivation. This group of 65+ even organizes parties with live music!
Julia with Azmir & Amit, two Young Red Cross Volunteers! Feeling inspired after hearing their stories - goosepumps due to the fact what Red Cross changes in peoples' lives
Bathing in a salt "lake/pool" in the middle of Tuzla! Find Luc...
It's Octopus time...! ;-)
Similar family events on Sundays everywhere in the world. Here just with loooots of Cevapcici!
2222km on the road now! A lot more to come!! ;-) The digit of the thousend is non-existent
The beautiful countryside of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Crystal clear waters, this national park is just amazing
What great fun!! Changes are high to get wet!
Rafting down the waterfall Strbacki buk in the Una Nationalpark (boarder to Croatia), so great!!
The best hosts we could have imagined! Hvala Ado + Senada! It really was a tearful goodbye...even though we got goodbye presents: 5kg potatoes, 10kg apples, homemade juice, cheese,...
The most crystal clear river we have ever seen...refreshing 12°C...brrrr
Just a short hike but an astonishing view and a lot of sweat...
Our Bosnian mom & dad 😉 Ado went fishing with us...he caught two beautiful and delicious trouts...
Playing tennis and getting tanned
We had coffee with this young man in Bihac...he is our age but has to work as parking lot guard because there are almost no jobs in Bosnia...he spoke perfect German because he worked in Austria but after being diagnosed with epilepsy he had to leave...no perspective, no insurance, few euros per day but a big heart, smile and not complaining
Bihac...beautiful little city with crystal clear river Una
Never seen such crystal clear water in a city!
Waiting and getting nervous to cross the border to Bosnia & Herzegovina...first "unknown" country on our tour
The old village of Slunj with beautiful scenary
Julia feeling inspired while writing
Staying fit and healthy... jogging next to the lake
Castle of Ogulin...
My "hometown" containing 3 houses...not a good sign!! :-/
Bay of Opatija
What a beautiful view
Dinner with friends...we stumbled upon Julia's former flat mate Isa and her boyfriend Max
Most remote ATM ever
Pork lunch Deluxe
First Cevapcici's on our grill...btw this stop for the night was next to a cemetry
The great cave of Škocjanske (UNESCO heritage). The biggest cave we ever saw, just amazing!! This chamber in the cave had a height of nearly 100m! Check out more pictures on www.park-skocjanske-jame.si
The beautiful river of Soča
Switch back (Serpentine) Nr 47! The second last one...After that the breaks stopped working (not funny situation at all)...so time for the camp!
UPDATE: after about an hour the breaks cooled down and were fully functional again...! ;-)
What a view...! The Julian Alpes in Slovenia!
Hiking in these mountains is just amazing...
Double rainbow after a looot of rain and thunder. Hint: our van is in the pic 😉
What a hotel ... the owner must have huge green thumb!!
Lovely lake and beach with the castleof Bled in the back
On the way to Slovenia...
Lunch at a golfcourse
First dinner inside the bus...the weather was crazy stormy...
How beautiful Austria is...
Having a drink with friends and our great host in Linz on the boat
Deserved Jause (Grammelschmalzbrot) after the exhausting hike
Great Pyhrgas (2244m) - sight could be better, and it was freezing (about 5 degrees) - summer could come again...
Trying to play tennis (with no technique) against the great playing family Ebner
Great roastbeef with mushrooms sauce (Schwammerln) and vegetables
Typical Austrian dinner (Brettljause) with the parents of Julia in Molln
View from Schoberstein onto the Austrian Alpes. Julia with her sister and kids.
Beach for relaxing in Urfahr, Linz
Great dinner with friends in Linz
Donauschlinge / Schlögener Schlinge
Dream Wedding in Austria...who will get married next?
"Dreifaltigkeitssäule" on the Main Square, symbol for overcoming the Pest...perfect blue sky
Parking with no servo steering ... difficult, but with potential for improvement...!! ;-)
Austrian food (Knödel mit Schweinsbraten und Sauerkraut)....just delicious...!!
First night stay in the deep valley of austria! Start of the day with a great breakfast and of course hot coffee....! ;-)
Driving along the Bodensee while the sun is saying goodbye
Last great meal in Switzerland with Barbara and Rahel!!
Finally, my doctoral thesis is printed and handed in!!! In the back is the building of ETH Zurich, with the nanooptics group!! Thanks to all of them for the great and inspiring discussions!! 🤓
Our white wheely has spent 136'068km on the road yet, and hopefully many more kilometers to come....if the rusty parts don't take over...!! ;-)
Start of our journey, thanks a lot to our hosts Ralf and Sabine for the great time!!!
|Dates:||22 Jun 2017 - 17 Sep 2017|
|Duration:||2 months, 3 weeks|
Luc & Julia's Roadtrip with the 28 year old VW LT 31, starting from Basel on the 22nd June 2017 towards East.