Yamaha Journey Vol.15
#01 Eurasia: Farewell Paris and a warm welcome in Iran on the way to Bishkek.
Paris - Kyrgyzstan
Frederique and Aldo Embark on an Epic 30,000km Motorcycle Adventure Across the globe crossing high Asia's deserts, skirting the Himalayas and riding through Malaysia's jungles to ride from Paris, France to Sydney, Australia.
A Spontaneous Departure
Istanbul: Gateway to Asia
The following day we ride into Istanbul over the giant Bosphorus suspension bridge that links Europe with Asia. For the first time realize we are a long way from home. A sign on the other side reads, “Welcome to Asia.” It is my fifty-first birthday.
The next day we venture into the Grand Bazaar which has 4000 shops set around 61 streets and dates back to 1400. Afterwards we visit the towering Blue Mosque, thrilling to the sound of mid-afternoon prayer and a powerful sense of ancient history.
Finally we bid farewell to Dirk, promising to see him in six months, before we journey south east and cross the endless sweep of the Anatolian plateau. We arrive in the folkloric landscape of Cappadocia with its volcanic peaks and strange rock formations like the fairy chimneys. There are caves hewn out of the mountainsides, once home to cave-dwelling communities, which look like something from a science fiction movie. We fall into conversation with a local farmer before he invites us back to his house for tea. He tells us that he stores his potatoes in the caves which are like a natural refrigerator.