Athens to Stuttgart Road Trip Part 7 – From Edessa over Banja to Plovdiv⁩

Today we crossed the border to Bulgaria. Drive to Edessa for the night and continue to the oldest city in Europe: Plovdiv⁩. Come along looking at the pictures!

Beer tasting - last beer in Greece
Beer tasting – last beer in Greece

Beer tasting - first beer in Bulgaria
Beer tasting – first beer in Bulgaria

In the distance a modern wood truck - in front of the car a 1 horsepower truck
In the distance a modern wood truck – in front of the car a 1 horsepower truck

A few more minutes to the hotel close to Blagoevgrad⁩
A few more minutes to the hotel close to Blagoevgrad

Good morning Banja!
Good morning Banja! Off season here in the mountains. We where the only ones in the hotel.

On the road again - in Banya⁩
On the road again – in Banya

Back on the main road
Back on the main road

Old Mig 21 in Yoakim Groevo
Old Mig 21 in Yoakim Groevo

Old Mig 21 in Yoakim Groevo

Another truck close to ‎⁨Cherna Mesta
Another truck close to ‎⁨Cherna Mesta

More diversity in the religious sector
More diversity in the religious sector

The woodlands close to Velingrad⁩
The woodlands close to Velingrad⁩

Riding into Velingrad⁩
Riding into Velingrad

Plovdiv⁩

Not many people know the second largest city in Bulgaria. There are traces that people settled here in the 6th millennium BCE – that is more than 8000 years ago. In 2019 it will be the European Capital of Culture.

European Capital of Culture

Plovdiv⁩

Stadium of Trimontium and Dzhumaya mosque
Stadium of Trimontium and Dzhumaya mosque

Plovdiv⁩

The gate
The gate

Church entrance
Church entrance

Inside the Sveta Marina church
Inside the Sveta Marina church

Храм Света Великомъченица Марина
Or Храм Света Великомъченица Марина as the locals say

A lot of nice paintings
A lot of nice paintings

The main painting
The main painting on the ceiling

He does not look happy
He does not look happy

Not to lang ago this was an important building
Not to lang ago this was an important building – how fast everything changes

Roman Forum
Roman Forum

Interesting team! A Samurai with a bird, dog and monkey
Interesting team! A Samurai with a bird, dog and monkey

Street Art
Street Art

They must be out of bullets...
They must be out of bullets…

Everything is old here - not this one
Everything is old here – not this one

I like the old streets
I like the old streets

Street art

Stay with the truth
Stay with the truth

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Another war memorial
Another war memorial

At the Vegan place in our hotel
At the Vegan place in our hotel

2nd course
2nd course

Main course
Main course

Cheers Mitsos
Cheers Mitsos

Golden and cold! With the last rays of the day it was very nice
Golden and cold! With the last rays of the day it was very nice

Ready for the big event in 2019
Ready for the big event in 2019

Bike repair station
Bike repair station

Found a place with music
Found a place with music

Street art

Street art

We found a Craft Beer place!!
We found a Craft Beer place!!

Goooood Beeeeeer at the next place as well
Goooood Beeeeeer at the next place as well

Athens to Stuttgart Road Trip Part 6 – From Agios Germanos to Edessa

After the nice evening at the fireplace, we slept really good at the Agios Germanos Traditional Hotel. The breakfast was even better than the dinner – just look at it 🙂

Breakfast
Best breakfast of the whole trip!

Prespa Lake
Prespa Lake in the morning

And back to the car
And back to the car

On the 15 towards the E86 - the lake in the distance
On the 15 towards the E86 – the lake in the distance

He looks out for you at a 180 bend
He looks out for you at a 180 bend

On the E86 in Presbes
On the E86 in Presbes

On the E86 in Presbes

On the E86 in Amyntaio⁩
On the E86 in Amyntaio⁩

On the E86 in Amyntaio⁩
On the E86 in Amyntaio⁩

On the E86 in Amyntaio⁩

Some thing does something over there
Some thing does something over there

If you ever wondered what is inside all them boxes along the road
If you ever wondered what is inside all them little shrines along the road

On the 2 a bit after Vevi
On the 2 a bit after Vevi

Still on the 2
Still on the 2

Still on the 2

Lake Vegarritis
Lake Vegarritis

A bit before Edessa
A bit before Edessa

View from Edessa
View from Edessa

Edessa Waterfall
Edessa Waterfall

Edessa Waterfall

Edessa Waterfall
Mitsos is going to have his bath

Athens to Stuttgart Road Trip Part 5 – From Neraida to Agios Germanos

Neraida

Neraida in the offseason. We were the only guests at our hotel and probably the only ones in the town. So it was quite in the night – I love offseason! There was no breakfast at the hotel so we took off and continued towards our next destination.

View from the balcony
View from the balcony

View from the balcony towards the square
View from the balcony towards the village square

Our hotel in Neraida⁩

Along the square
Along the square

Nice paint job
Nice paint job

Hmmm....
Hmmm….

On the Road again

Old Mercedes truck in Vathylakkos
Old Mercedes truck in Vathylakkos

Close to Neapoli⁩
Close to Neapoli⁩

Kastoria

We stopped for breakfast in Kastoria. After that, we walked a bit along the lake.

View over the lake in Kastoria
View over the lake in Kastoria

Some old war monument in Kastoria
Some old war thing in monument

Hello Pretty
Hello Pretty

Fishing boat at the lake
Fishing boat at the lake

Winter is coming - they enjoy the last few nice days
Winter is coming – they enjoy the last few nice days

It looks very peacefully but the city is behind me and so is all the traffic and the people
It looks very peacefully but the city is behind me and so is all the traffic and the people

We walked a bit along the lake to stretch the legs
We walked a bit along the lake to stretch the legs

Nice colours
Nice colours

From the good old times when they had an Eagle with two heads on the shield to automatic weapons
From the good old times when they had an Eagle with two heads on the shield to automatic weapons

Of course he needs to be here as well
Of course he needs to be here as well

Let’s get moving!

On the E86 outside of Prespes⁩
On the E86 outside of Prespes

Mountains, blue sky and a few white clouds
Mountains, blue sky and a few white clouds

Prespa Lake

The bigger one is shared between Albania, Greece, and the Republic of Macedonia. The small one is only shared between Greece and Albania.

Small Prespa Lake
Small Prespa Lake.

Prespa Lake - kind of the Golden Triangele down here
Prespa Lake – kind of the Golden Triangele down here

Prespa Lake
Prespa Lake

Back from fishing
Back from fishing

We tried to get all the way out to see the two other countries
We tried to get all the way out to see the two other countries

But we only got to here
But we only got to here – so there is the Republic of Macedonia on the other side 🙂

Hungry cat
Hungry cat – and not only she was hungry – Mitsos was hungry as well!

Nice lunch
Nice lunch

Mitsos - not hungry anymore
Mitsos – not hungry anymore. Time to hit the road again.

Small Prespa Lake
Small Prespa Lake

Agios Germanos

Our destination for the night today. A small village at the end of the road. We stayed at the Agios Germanos Traditional Hotel. I can only recommend this small hotel. Food was excellent and so was the room!

Town center Agios Germanos
Town center Agios Germanos

Evening stroll in Agios Germanos
Evening stroll in Agios Germanos

The old houses are build with wood and clay
The old houses are build with wood and clay

Usually the 1st floor with stones.
Id they had more money they used to build more of the house with stones

Some have the wall on the side build with stones all the way to the roof
Some have the wall on the side build with stones all the way to the roof

This one looks not too bad
This one looks not too bad

Some of them are lucky! The new owner fixed this one up again
Some of them are lucky! The new owner fixed this one up again

One of the few build with stones on every side. Guess that is why it survived so far
One of the few build with stones on every side. Guess that is why it survived so far

Agios Germanos is all the way up the mountains where the road ends. It is a quite place.
Agios Germanos is all the way up the mountains where the road ends. It is a quite place.

Agios Germanos

I wonder if the hills where green at some point
I wonder if the hills where green at some point

Agios Germanos Traditional Hotel

His favourite past time besides diving
His favourite past time besides diving

Weiss Beer! And it was good!!
Weiss Beer! And it was good!!

The Bar
The Bar

Dinner
Dinner