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Old January 15th, 2010, 02:58 PM   #821
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Continuing on NR20, a very beautiful road to drive:















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Old January 15th, 2010, 03:35 PM   #822
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Aegean fuel station with prices:



Konitsa in front, very nicely set on that hill in front of us:



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Old January 15th, 2010, 10:26 PM   #823
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I don't like the yellow on blue/green background. Maybe it's just the photograph or the angle, but it's way too hard to read. Is this a Greek standard on all signage or just local roads?
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Old January 15th, 2010, 10:29 PM   #824
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This is common throughout Greece.

I personally find it quite something of the Greeks to hide their native language and prominently sign Latin characters instead of Greek.
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Old January 15th, 2010, 10:48 PM   #825
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Personally, I find no difference when trying to read both the Greek letters (in yellow) and the Roman ones (in white). It may be a long-lasting habit as I am Greek but also I think it depends on the condition of the sign. Most signs shown in the photos of Panda80 must be there for quite long. Newer signs (after 2000) are on a reflective surface and also the blue / green colours are brighter so the letters can be read quite easily.
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Old January 15th, 2010, 11:09 PM   #826
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In August 2009 I made Balkan Trip with my gf. Two weeks. Tent, hotels and hostels. 6000 km. 10 countries.
Warsaw to Istanbul

Istanbul to Warsaw

pictures from the first part (Ukraine, Moldova, Romania) are here:
http://picasaweb.google.pl/Adam.Goli...lkanTripPart1#
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Old January 16th, 2010, 03:54 AM   #827
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Great photos, I look forward to the rest of your trip.


Is that a carboard cut out of a traffic light?
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Old January 18th, 2010, 10:24 AM   #828
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On 2nd of January, unfortunately, the day came to leave Greece for Romania. It was a long drive on the route Konitsa-Ioannina-Grevena-Kozani-Salonic-Kavala-Xanthi-Komotini-Alexandroupoli-Soufli-Orestiada-Ormenio-Svilengrad-Topolovgrad-Yambol-Kotel-Omurtag-Shumen-Silistra-Baneasa-Cernavoda-Fetesti-Tandarei-Braila. I drove on the awesome Egnatia motorway all the way from Ioannina to 9km from border with Turkey. The only problem I find at Egnatia is that there are literally no petrol stations along it. You have to exit the motorway for refueling your car, as I did in Kozani. At some exits, signs are somewhat insane, as they say you have to go 25 km from that exit on national roads in order to get to a petrol station.

The set of pictures starts from Salonic bypass because I was unable to take pictures before as it was dark:



A part of Salonic:



We go to Kavala:





Immediately after Salonic:



Junction with A25 to Serres and Bulgaria:



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Old January 18th, 2010, 12:36 PM   #829
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Near Lake Volvi:







A tunnel between Lake Volvi and the Aegean Sea:



Now we clearly see the sea:









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Old January 18th, 2010, 02:17 PM   #830
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We can see Mount Athos in the distance:



Interchange to Drama and Serres. We continue on Egnatia to Xanthi and Kavala:





Interchange for Sidirochori:



Distances:



Rest area along Egnatia. There are very few of them on the motorway, and as I said, no petrol stations:



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Old January 18th, 2010, 03:01 PM   #831
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Continuing towards Kavala:







Happy New Year!:





Near Kavala, motorway is very curvy, so lots of speed limits:







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Old January 18th, 2010, 04:09 PM   #832
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Nice views near Kavala:















Kavala interchange:





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Old January 18th, 2010, 08:24 PM   #833
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Cool pics. I wish they'd sign Istanbul east of Thessaloniki though.
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Old January 19th, 2010, 09:46 AM   #834
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Cool pics. I wish they'd sign Istanbul east of Thessaloniki though.
Thanks! Unfortunately no Istanbul on signs around Thessaloniki, Turkey starts to appear around Komotini if I remember well.
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Old January 19th, 2010, 10:58 AM   #835
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Now let's continue with pics of Egnatia motorway.

Continuing towards Xanthi. Here there is a long section with 70km/h speed limit due to low radius curves:



This area is very nice to drive as traffic is scarce and landscape is wonderful:









You can see Thassos island in the background:



Continuing to Xanthi:





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Old January 19th, 2010, 11:27 AM   #836
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Now I think it's better to go to next page for the next bunch of photos...
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Old January 19th, 2010, 11:28 AM   #837
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so...next page
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Old January 19th, 2010, 11:28 AM   #838
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Again the normal 130km/h speed limit, after long sections with lower limits:



Landscape gets flatter towards Xanthi. We get to the the interior and will see the sea again only around Alexandroupoli:











Bridge over Nestos river. This section was finished only in 2009:

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Old January 19th, 2010, 12:17 PM   #839
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Thalassia exit:





Very low traffic on Egnatia, it was on saturday, 2nd of January, so immediately after New Years Eve:





Xanthi west exit:



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It must be a pleasure to drive all those near-empty motorways!
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