Travel Complications

birthday-61bIt’s been some time since our last post but, in our defence, we have been on a longish roadtrip.  One that very nearly did not happen.

We had a ferry booked from Chios to Kavala and we booked a ferry from Çeşme to Chios, leaving ourselves a few hours for a meal on the harbour side.  As the ferry was scheduled to get into Kavala in the early evening, we booked ourselves a hotel in Kavala.  Everything was in place.

Only it did not work out that way.  The first hitch was when the Greek ferry agent contacted us to say that our ferry to Kavala would be 23 hours later than anticipated.  No major deal.  We unbooked and rebooked the Kavala hotel (for the next night) and unbooked and rebooked the ferry to Chios.  Then we went to the beach.

On our return from the beach the bike decided it had never heard of this thing called electricity.  Well, it did have a spark occasionally, but there was no way it was going to start.  Next morning we phoned the Harley dealership in Izmir.  They came out and picked up the bike.  It turned out to be a fault in the insulation of the negative cable from the battery.  The recovery cost us more than the repair.  Whilst the bike was in the workshop they checked it over thoroughly.

There are worse places to be stuck...

There are worse places to be stuck…

So, the day after that we headed for Çeşme.  It was windy.  Well, it is always windy in Çeşme, but it was notably more windy than usual (though not as windy as it was the time we took the ferry in December).  And our ferry to Chios got cancelled.  Apparently due to weather.

We booked ourselves into a rather nice hotel overnight, then off to the ferry agents who felt that we would be able to recoup some of the money we spent on the Kavala ferry.  Meanwhile our ferry to Kavala sailed off merrily at 11 p.m. from Chios whilst we were enjoying an after dinner beer in Çeşme.

Next morning we finally got the ferry to Chios where we were able to exchange our tickets to Kavala for tickets to Thessaloniki for the extra 18 euro that the trip cost for both of us, a cabin and a bike.

The good thing about the delay was that we got to hang out with the Chopper Riders of Chios.  Drinks on Saturday night and a ride out to a blue flag beach (and amazing, huge lunch which lasted us for days) on the Sunday.  And…. finally we caught the Thessaloniki ferry.

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We will have lots to say about the trip itself (though we didn’t get to Bulgaria, again due to weather).  The trip was wonderful and we saw many amazing places in Northern Greece.  We just need to process the photos….

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One response to “Travel Complications

  1. My boyfriend and I stayed at the Retaj Royale Hotel for seven nights in July of 2014, and we both loved it. It was our first time in Istanbul. The city itself, though it is fascinating and rewardingly rich in history and culture, is also incredibly congested, trafficky and chaotic.

    I found a SCORPION in my suitcase when I unpacked it in our room. The little guy must have crawled in during the previous leg of our trip in rural Turkey, maybe from Capadocia . We scooped it up into a vase and took it to the front desk, since we didn’t know how to dispose of it. The hotel staff graciously took care of our terrifying friend for us. And even they offered us to check our other belongings if we are afraid.

    The Retaj Royale Istanbul offers numerous ways to unwind from the day’s craziness. We used the lovely indoor pool, dry sauna and hammam every day, to rejuvenate after exploring the city. The breakfast buffet and afternoon meze buffet provide delicious meals (included in your room fee) throughout the day. And the Executive Lounge on 10th floor is a wonderful place to sit and take in a lovely city view. The concierge and hotel staff are lovely and extremely helpful.The free transfer to Ataturk airport was great, too. First rate staff, amenities, food and spa were perfect.

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