Day 63. 58km. Xanthi – Zlatograd

Posted: November 16, 2014 in Bulgaria, Cycling, Greece
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Take the road to Drama (a town in northern Greece) and turn right – into the mountains. We left the coastal plains, the factories, trucks, straight roads and the stress, and curved our way into a different part of Greece. Muslim. Rural. Beautiful.

Climbing to the Bulgarian border

Climbing to the Bulgarian border

Today was always going to be wet. The question was: where did we want to cycle in the nice weather after today? Along straight busy roads in Greece, or on the narrow, mountainous Bulgarian roads. An easy decision. We left the coast, and left the noise, hectic and traffic stress. The scenery, villages and people changed. We saw more mosques, and it became more rural, and much more mountainous. Granted, we were bathed in cloud, and rained on. And it was steep. But we breathed a sigh of relief. It was not just going from A to B. It was the journey again.

Before the first big climb. Filling up with some pastries.

Before the first big climb. Filling up with some pastries.

Echinos was a muslim town. We were welcomed with 4 simultaneous calls to prayer.

Echinos was a muslim town. We were welcomed with 4 simultaneous calls to prayer.

What better way to celebrate a climb than with the famous Xanthian sweets? Luckily we were able to find a lovely little gazebo offering shelter from the rain, so that we could cherish these Xanthian delicacies.

The blissful moment is imminent

The blissful moment is imminent

Hehe. Calories. Here we come!

Hehe. Calories. Here we come!

The view from our snack gazebo

The view from our snack gazebo

The final climb to Bulgaria was up a small, innocuous road, garnished with a little sign ‘Bulgaria’, that went almost vertically upwards from the turnoff. Entering Bulgaria we took the high road. We are now in Zlatograd, which I think is lovely name. I just love saying it, over and over. Zlatograd. Zlatograd. Zlatograd. Hehe.

Hello Bulgaria

Hello Bulgaria

Comments
  1. zlatograd means golden town or golden castle 🙂 reason more that the name sounds lovely

  2. cyclerist says:

    Zlatograd or Goldencity 🙂

  3. deltathecat says:

    Have you got a good English translation of Drahtesel? Metal ass lacks a certain je ne sait quoit. Mechanical donkey is a bit of a mouthful. Suggestions?

    • My translation was wire donkey. That doesn’t really have that je ne sais quoi either. Apparently, in German, it just is another word for bicycle – all be it a rather colourful one. 🙂

  4. Elva Ellen Kowald says:

    Fantastic Matthew..you must write a book…with photos. Following you is an adventure! Greetings from Houston..

  5. JEAJ says:

    Krijgen we morgen te zien hoe de beroemde snoepjes er uit zien?
    Liefs
    JEAJ

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