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Paris to Istanbul on an Oriental Odyssey


A Journey from the City of Romance to the City of a Hundred Names

3,975 km (2,470 miles) over 76 days from August 22, 2012 to November 5, 2012

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Philosophy & Poetry, Tour diaries, 1-3 months, Alps
Locales: Europe, France, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Ile-de-France, Bourgogne, Rhone-Alpes
Year: 2012

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/paris-istanbul

Copyright © 2012-2014 By Chris Holdsworth - (contact)

Status: Completed Dec 2012
Last update: Sunday February 9, 2014 12:34 (US/Pacific)
35,516 hits since June 26, 2012 (hitcounts updated nightly)
326 pics


Table of Contents

" I belong to the World, Madame": Inspector Poirot - Murder On The Orient Express

Dramatis personæ

One week to go...: Managing Expectations

One day to go: After giving him clear instructions, she departs

London Town: Hotel Barney

London: Cruising the Capital

London to Paris: Take the TGV

France

Paris: In love and in awe

Paris to Morang-Sur-Seine: Time to start the proper cycling

Morang-Sur-Seine to outside Chaumot: Anyone can do 10km

Outside Chaumot to Chablis: First rain and a dry white

Chablis to outside St-Thibault: Storm in a wine glass

Outside St-Thibault to Beaune: It Pays to study

Beaune to outside Cluny: A tail of two wines

Outside Cluny to Bourg-en-Bresse: The most confusing city in France

Bourg-en-Bresse to Frangy: Over the Jura Alps

Frangy to Annecy: The Alps are looming

Annecy to Albertville: Now that is a cycle path

Albertville to Seez: "This is West Coast beautiful"

Seez to La Salle: Lactic Acid

Italy

La Salle to Settimo Vittone: Following the Via Francesca

Settimo Vittone to Lago di Orta: Out of the Valleys and into the Lakes

Lago di Orta to Canova: A change of plan, and a change of direction

Switzerland

Canova to Locarno: A sneaky climb

Locarno to Porlezza: One last lake swim

Italy Again

Porleeza to Verona: This much rain means a train (165km skipped)

Verona to Fosina: Long day towards Venice

Venice: Walk all day in beautiful light

Croatia

Venice to Porec: Hydrofoil across the water

Porec to Cres: A self inflicted headwind

Cres to Zadar: Ferry back to the mainland

Zadar to Jasenovo: Into the Hinterlands

Jasenovo to Split: Split entrances

Split: Rest day with Deco

Split to Korcula: There is no proof to this claim

Korcula to Prapratno: The Finest Wines Known To Humanity

Prapratno to Dubrovnik: Sunday drivers are fewer

Dubrovnik to Herceg Novi: Traffic Battles

Montenegro

Herceg Novi to Kotor: A day in the Bay

Kotor to Bar: Some are more ex-communist than others

Bar to Shkodra: Where the streets have two names

Albania

Shkodra to Kruje: In the rutted roads to the heroic heights

Kruje to Durres: A change of plan

Durres to Orikum: Don't take no for an answer

Orikum to Hirame: Over the Llogora Pass

Hirame to Corfu Town: Welcome back to "Civilisation"

Greece

Corfu to Dassia: Leave the touristic hordes

Dassia: Cruising Corfu without luggage

Dassia to Riza: Avoid the hills (well some of them)

Riza to Lefkada Town: Police to the Rescue

Lefkada Town to Nidri to Vasiliki: One week break in Villa Octavius

Vasiliki to Nidri to Vasiliki: Big Storm

Vasiliki: Stranded again

Vasiiki to Vrana via Kefalonia: Finally a ferry

Vrana to Olympia: We take the Gold

Olympia to Elliniko: Dash into darkness

Elliniko: Rest day with the Professor

Elliniko to Tripoli: Arcadian heights

Tripoli to Napfoli: Busted head and a buckled wheel

Napfoli to Mytilini - Island of Lesvos: Sodden change of plans

Turkey

Mytilini to Akcay: An evil breeze

Akcay to Assos: The last swim of the summer?

Assos to Canakalle: An Trojan Assault

Canakalle to Anzac Cove to Canakalle: Lest We Forget

Canakalle to Biga: Heading on the Highway

Biga to Istanbul: Home straight

Istanbul: Time to stop

The route we took


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