Flight Istanbul-Madrid. Over Turkey, Greece and Italy
About 40 minutes after my arrival from Yekaterinburg to Istanbul Ataturk airport, the flight to Madrid begins boarding. It is the middle of the day, the busiest time of the airport, and there are not enough landing galleries, of course, many planes are loaded in the "clear field".
Istanbul-Madrid route is flown by Boeing 737s, of which Turkish
airlines has about 130 units - the most mass-produced aircraft in the
company. And in the world, too. Turkish aircraft, in addition to standard flight numbers, also have their own names. These are usually Turkish place names. Today, the flight is operated by "Kanlica" - the name of one of the districts of Istanbul.
After a contented long taxiing and waiting in line for takeoff, we are finally in the air.
Above Greater Istanbul, which stretches West from the Bosphorus for almost 30 kilometers.
Mountains of North-Eastern Greece.
Pikrolimni lake (Bitter lake) 30 km to the North from Thessaloniki. The peculiar color of the water is due to its record salt content, which is three times higher than the Dead sea's salinity. At the beginning of the last century, there was a well-known mud Spa, but today few people know about it.
The valley of the Vardar river, which originates in Macedonia. The Macedonian part of the river runs between mountains, and in Greece the Vardar flows through a fertile plain.
Petron and Vegoritis lakes, located at an altitude of 560 and 540 meters, respectively. From the upper lake, a small river carries water to the lower one.
The lakes are of tectonic origin - they are craters of ancient volcanoes. Both lakes are freshwater, but the color of the water in them is very different.
Lake Ohrid, Prespa and Mikri Prespa.
Reservoir Kasari shape looks like a plane with short wings.
Lakes in the Belche area.
Karavasta lagoon, the largest in Albania.
The lagoon and surrounding areas have been declared a national Park.
After crossing the Adriatic sea, we cross the Eastern coastline of the Apennine Peninsula over the town of Mola di Bari.
A little to the East is the city of Bari, the capital of the Apulia region, a place of pilgrimage to the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. In General, the city is not included in the traditional tourist routes, the pilgrims are mostly from Russia.
The Island Of Sardinia.
The Island Of Tavolara.