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Mustafapasa – Goksun – Gaziantep

Trip Details

Road Trip 2008 I
Date: Sun, 27/07/2008
Turkey
Distance: 460 km.
Motorcyclists: Manolis, Ploumisti
Photographers: Manolis, Ploumisti
Authors: Manolis
Translators: Elias
Map: Trip map
Photographs: Link

Sightseeing map

The alarm was ringing loud…it was very difficult to open my eyes. I had to. We had many km to travel until Gaziantep. The breakfast was served when we came out of the room. Suleiman invited us to his table with his family. The breakfast was the best that we had until that time!!! 

The time was passing and we didn’t want to leave. But thinking of the 500km that we had to pass we managed to find the courage to leave. They wished us nice trip. They find it very strange that we wanted to visit Syria.

Following the road to Goreme we found signs to Kayseri. Continuing that way, we drove to altitude higher than 1000m. The lowest point was Gaziantep. At the Village Goksun we stoped for a few minutes in a small tavern. The people were very helpful and the food very tasty.

We passed places with many trees until we reached the town Kahramanharas. From there the site became more worm and Mediterranean.

Around 19:30 we arrived at Gaziantep. The town is known for its kitchen and for baklavas. It was easy to find the Hotel Ayintap (95YTL/double room) that our Moto-rider friend Oytun Pinar told us about it. He also told us about a very good restaurant at Karagoz Street, in the town centre but it was closed...

But we were lucky in our choice of a tavern with traditional homemade olive cooked Turkish food. The name was “Evirges. We went back in the hotel, thinking the next day... We were going to pass in a different country, Syria.