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The Middle East to Southern Europe ’14

Following here are some photos from my travels in the Middle East and Europe during the last third of 2014.

I've decided to put these pictures up here a few years after the trip because they weren't doing much good to me or anyone else sitting on my computer anyway. Hopefully they will serve as inspiration to anyone considering traveling to these more or less exotic places.

The original plan was to fly into Tehran and circling in Iran for about a month while then journeying back to Sweden over land, but as so happens when traveling, plans had to be changed due to circumstances I've since forgotten, and I found myself instead starting off the very photogenic city of Istanbul, Turkey.

Following Istanbul, I crossed Turkey west-to-east in a more or less straight line through the inland, stopping over at Selçuk, Pamukkale, Göreme, Erzurum, Van and finally Doğubeyazıt before crossing into Iran over land at Gürbulak.

Coming into northern Iran. Iran was a fantastic experience and something I would recommend to any traveller. People were incredible friendly, more so than any other place that I've visited, and the sights were breathtaking.

I teamed up with a Spaniard named Edu I had met previously, and together we decided to hire a guide and trek up a mountain in the Zagros range, a short journey from Esfahan, for a couple of days. The area is rich with nomads still living the traditional lifestyle, and we got plenty of chances to meet both them and their goats which were all over the hills.

After my adventure in the Zagros mountains, the journey continued, stopping over at Esfahan, Yazd, Shiraz, Persepolis, Kashan which were all about equally amazing, before finally returning to Tehran again.

After abouth a full month in Iran, the time had come to fly out of Tehran, and I found myself where back where I started, in Istanbul. Decided to stay for a few days before taking a bus to the border with Greece, crossing over at Ipsala before continuing on to Thessalonoki, the second largest city in Greece.

Next up, some classic sights: Athens, the islands of Santorini, Naxos, Paros, Mykonos and Corfu.

Special mention for Santorini which is probably the most beautiful island I've ever visited. Come to think of it, most pictures I've seen from the Greek islands are actually taken on Santorini.

Ending my time in Greece after a full month, I found myself on Corfu on the west coast. From there, it is easy to take a ferry over to Albania, and I spent the following month journeying up the western coast of the Adriatic sea, spending time in Albania,  Montenegro and Croatia.

That was all for now, and I do hope to visit some of these fantastic locations again at some point in the future.

 

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