I visited Istanbul for a week, from 2nd till 9th Augustus 2013.
I have to say that it was a particular period of the year, as it was between the end of ramadam and the beginning of eid, one of the big Muslim celebrations but also holidays time for non religious people.
The 5th stage of the BCT 2013 start incredibly fast: we reached Aizpute, 50km from our starting point in Liepaja, in only 1hr! Then we jumped off the bus, had breakfast and began cycling:)
We started cycling a bit after 8am, following the A11 road.
It was a boring main road but at least there were almost no cars till the border with Latvia, that we crossed after taking the ritual pictures 🙂