Bulgaria was one of the surprises of the trip. Nice roads, clean, extremely friendly people. Really nice place to visit. After a bit of R&R it was time to head down the coast into Turkey.
Just for a quick dab, passing through to Greece. The border crossing was soooooo annoying. Of course it makes perfect sense to have office 1 to 4, and you have to visit 1, 4, 2, 3 and 4 again. Thank God for a police officer speaking English, understanding the procedures and willing to help. We'd probably still be sitting there if he hadn't been there to help.
After a quick dash through Turkey, on perfect, billiard smooth, nice curvy roads btw, we had to cross the border to Greece. Now everybody knows the Turks and the Greeks don't particularly like each other, but big guns on either side, tall fences, speed traps and decontamination pools is a bit much in this day and age in Europe. That Greek decontamination pool fried my Autocom btw, which meant no more comms and no more spoken GPS instructions for the rest of the trip. Nice and quiet though.
The day started a bit grey with a few drops now and then, but not enough to get wet and it quickly turned back to sunny again. So we had lunch in a little town with a restaurant on a mountain.
Food with a view, what else can one which for?
Following the coastline on beautiful twistie roads, we quickly fell in love with Greece as a biking country. Amazing view over the Mediterranean and the roads battled for attention.
After a long day in the saddle, we arrived in Thessaloniki for the night and we indulged ourselves in the comforts of a very nice hotel right on the coast.
Our hotel (The Elektra Palace Hotel) is on the left. We arrived just in time to watch the sun set over the harbor.
After a very good meal on the roof terrace of the hotel we had a few drinks in the city. Everyone has seen the news on the economic state of Greece lately, but it appears at least in Thessaloniki they forgot to tell the people. We were there on a workday, and the city was filled with nice cars, motorcycles, people dressed up going out, lounging in expensive bars and restaurants like there was no tomorrow.