Greece -> Austria -> Turkey

We left Crete by ferry back to Athens and flew home for Christmas. After the holidays, we came back and took the route from Athens to Turkey, where we want to spend the next 2 months. Off to new adventures!

Xmas car wash

First, our camper got its Xmas wash! It’s always nice when all the dirt comes off and the car shines again. Now we were ready to go onto the ferry and leave Crete after a fabulous month of hiking.

Boarding the ferry at Heraklion
Our “Cochecito” had found its place, and we had found our cabin for the night. After checking out the ferry, we headed for the restaurant to celebrate the great time we had on Crete and that our journey home for Christmas had started.
Ferry in Christmas spirit
Special treat for a celebration
Our cabin, this time with a window but no view
Leaving the ferry at Piraeus

We had a day left to spend at Athens which we spent visiting the Acropolis Museum, which is in a modern building just below the Acropolis and shows all the reliefs of the Parthenon at the top floor, from where you can look up to the temples. Really well done!

Acropolis Museum
All the reliefs from the Parthenon on display
Fantastic view from the museum

Afterwards we strolled through Athens where people were shopping and enjoying the last days before Christmas.

Brake dance group 
The next day we were flying home for Christmas! It was great to be in Vienna again and come together with our families and friends. To get into the Christmas spirit we spent an afternoon at the different Christmas markets in Vienna, admiring all the decorations and gifts on display.
Hofburg at night
Fiaker @ Vienna 
Christmas market in front of the town hall
Mother & son together again
Celebrating with friends
4 candles for Advent
Alexandra made us Romanian Papanaşi!
As always one week was not enough time to meet all the friends, but we were looking forward to new adventures so off we went back to Athens where we were happy to be home at our “Cochecito” again.
Our route from Athens to Troy in 4 days
Snow north of Athens
It felt like winter in Austria
Thessaloniki, Christmas lottery ticket sellers
We had stopped at Thessaloniki, were we went for a walk through the centre. There is a big parking at the harbour where we had managed to find a spot. (40.635659, 22.934525)
Salep – a hot drink made with flour from the tubers of an orchid
Served with cinnamon and ginger – lets say: it was warm 😉
@ the market
Coffee break
The next day it was Sylvester, and we had stopped at Alexandroupolis to celebrate the end of the year in this town just before the border to Turkey.

By coincidence, we had chosen an Armenian restaurant for lunch, where we had different vegetable dishes.

Sun, sea and palm trees – but still it was very cold
Getting closer to the border

We soon reached the border after leaving Alexandroupolis, and it took us just 20 minutes to get through all the controls, as it was not busy at all in the morning of the first of January.

Turkey welcomes us with sun
We are looking forward to discovering this fascinating country.

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