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Approach (Istanbul -- Tabriz)

August 2001

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27 August 
1716 km from Istanbul to Erzurum with Turkish state railway.
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27 August 
Departing freshly rested ...
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... with much luggage.
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Eased instants ...
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... in the comfortable restaurant car.
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The sleeping car compartment offers plenty of space ...
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... for two travellers.
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Crossing the mountains at the Black Sea coast.
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The travel continues to lead ...
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... over the plateau ...
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... to Ankara.
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The beds being fixed for 1.6 million TL.
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28 August 
The next morning the travel leads through the mountains behind Sivas.
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View back at km 1399.
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At the Euphrates  close to Erzincan.
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Suspension bridge ...
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... over the Kara Su ...
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... passed by Erzincan.
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Change of fields ...
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... high mountains ...
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... and barren landscape ...
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... approaching Erzurum.
 

 

Stopover
in Erzurum

(Eastern Anatolia,
Turkey) 
28 - 30 August
Erzurum, located at an elevation of 1843 meters, is the capital of a province bearing the same name. The city has about 240,000 inhabitants and forms the economical and cultural centre of eastern Anatolia. The city used to be a stopover for caravans on the silk road from Persia to the Black Sea. It also was of great importance as military base. Even today extended military complexes and monuments shape the city's face. To Erzurum
 

 
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30 August 
In the early morning taking the bus from Erzurum to Dogubayazit.
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The bus station of Agri ...
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... with its charming tea shop.
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Passing Ararat  (5165 m) on the route to the Turkish border station Gürbulak.
 

Frontier passage to Iran

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30 August 
Travelling by taxi from the Iranian border station Bazargan to Tabriz.
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A city map of Tabriz.
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31 August 
In the modernised Hotel Ark.
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Siesta time in the bazaar of Tabriz.
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The gold bazaar of Tabriz.
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The entrance to the Friday Mosque.
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Minarets of the Friday Mosque.
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Cola Siah  in Golestan Park.

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