[387]~[389] 2019-08-09~11 From Istanbul to Athens

This is the last course of pilgrimage in this summer.

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1. I searched Internet, and found this photo.

The Pope and the Patriarch are friends, and they meet frequently.

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2. According to original plan, I was supposed to travel from Istanbul to Athens on land by bus and train. But I concentrated on the reception with the Patriarch, and missed the ticketing in advance. It was peak season, and I could not buy ticket at bus terminal. I thought of three alternatives.

plan1: Take orient express train and go to Sophia and come down to Athens.

plan2: Get on airplane.

plan3: Find Mediterranean route.

I investigated three alternatives. My final decision was plan3.

I happened to travel Mediterranean course unexpectedly.

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3. Prof. Lee stayed at Istanbul one more day, and left by airplane.

Ms. You and her daughter went to Athens by plane the next day.

I saw this picture on the wall of subway station.

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4. Now I am moving by myself. A smiling Turkish citizen welcomed me.

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5. First, I got on boat. It took me two hours to go to Bandirma.

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6. I am leaving Istanbul.

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7. I became friend with the passenger sitting next to me.

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8. This Google map shows the Bandirma port. The location of myself is shown by blue dot.

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9. When I arrived at the port, someone asked me to take a selfie.

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10. I am walking in Bandirma which has a population of 140,000 people.

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11. The atmosphere of the city was very good.

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12. Near the bus station where I can ride a bus going to terminal.

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13. I arrived at Bandirma terminal. I was waiting for the bus going to Izmir.

Then, a boy came to me and gave me cookie. He was praiseworthy.

I took a selfie with his family.

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14. I was wondering which kind of crop is growing in dry summer.

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15.

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16. This girl may be an enthusiastic pan of K-Pop. She found out that I was a Korean.

She came to me from the rear seat.

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17. At 11:30 p.m. I arrived at Izmir which is located at entrance to Mediterranean.

I stayed at a hotel near the terminal.

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18. Izmir is a large city with a population of 4 million.

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19. I got on a bus at 6 o’clock in the morning, and headed toward Çesme.

At Çesme, I will cross the marine border and go to Xios which is a Greek island for one hour.

Then I will get on a ferry and go to Piraeus port for 7 hours.

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20.

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21. The aerogenerators are turning vigorously.

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22.

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23. I arrived at Çesme.

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24. It was a high tide. The water rose up to 0.5 meter from the top of the dike.

It shows the vivid proof of climate change.

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25. There was an old and elegant castle.

It was too bad for me not to have enough time to see the castle.

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26.

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27.

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28.

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29. The city had well-designed facilities.

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30.

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31. The citizens approached to me.

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32.

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33.

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34. At last, I arrived at Xios.

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35.

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36. I saw a small castle which had old cannon left.

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37. The real voyage started.

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38. It was a big ferry which reminded me of Titanic.

The floating ferry sailed at high speed.

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39. The color of the sea was dark blue. The sea seemed to inhale cosmic color and emit blue color.

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40.

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41. I took a nap on the deck, and enjoyed nice scenery of Mediterranean.

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42. It was getting dark.

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43. I took a picture which had both the moon and the freighter passing by.

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44. I arrived at Port Piraeus in Athens at 10:30 at night.

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45. The next day, I took a street car.

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46. I went to Acropolis.

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47.

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48. The entrance of the Parthenon

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49. The Parthenon under repair work is seen in the back.

I will walk again from this place at Christmas day of this year.



Categories: 14. Turkey, 15. Greece

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