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Mar 15, 2015 - Good bye Istanbul

March 15 After checking out of the the hostel, I walked up the street to the meeting hotel for the tour of Turkey. I left my bag in storage and spent the morning walking some more. I found the hippodrome which is just a square beside the Blue mosque now and then walked outside the city wall along the water front. By then I could check into the hotel and meet the tour leader, Mutlu. With the death of my e-reader I'd been looking for a book to read so asked her advice and set out for find the store. $25 is a lot to pay for a paper back but I...

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Jun 21, 2014 - To the Capital

Another early morning – up at 5:30 and on the road by 7:00. As we left the Cappadocia area we retraced our steps a bit following the Silk Road in the opposite direction then headed north to Ankara. We finally got a glimpse of the one clear volcano cone off in the distance. The road traveled through mostly flat country with potato and cereal fields. There was a lot of mixed cropping as well – and some really large sunflower fields. And sheep and goats. Lots of sheep and goats. Each herd had some sort of marking on the wool – a color or...

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Turkish Travels

Jun 17, 2014 - Today was for Tyler

We have spent the entire trip driving everyone crazy with our desire to visit a firehouse and get Tyler a t-shirt! Our guide has repeatedly said this will be difficult...it's not like in your country...but, we never quit...and today, our last day, we asked the Concierge, like so many times before, "Where is the closest firehouse." And he said, in perfect English, (wahoo,) it was only a mile away...and gave us a city map and marked the path! Our new friends, Cindy and Roy from Kansas City went with us and WOW what the 4 of us experienced! We...

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Turkey 2014

Jul 2, 2013 - Ankara

We set off early for the long drive to Turkey's capital, Ankara, through gently undulating country with miles of wheat and golden sunflower fields. We travelled alongside a huge saltwater lake for a while, its water a soft blue then a strange purple, with a wide snow-white saltpan around the shoreline. At Ankara we visited the Mausoleum of Turkey's favourite son, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who was the first president and founder of the Republic. He was also responsible for the social and religious reform in the 1930's, that brought Turkey into...

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Sep 30, 2012 - WWOOFing No. 4

Our R and R for 3 days between WWOOFing farms was at Safranbolu, which during the 17th century  was on a main trade to the Black Sea and was a wealthy area.  Large houses made of sun-dried mud bricks, wood and stucco were  built.  They are generally two or three stories,the upper stories jutting out over the lower ones.  Mostly animals/tools were at the bottom of the house, and the houses were divided into men's and women's quarters.  There are lots of built in cupboards and little niches for storing things.  The guesthouse where we stayed...

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May 24, 2012 - Ankara - Istanbul

Merhaba! Ankara, la capital et j’y arrive jour de la fête nationale. Alors des drapeaux et des photos de ceux qui on dirigés les destinés de ce pays il y en avait. Ankara, c’est comme un GROS GROS GROS Ottawa avec plus de 6 M d’habitants. Et un gouvernement beaucoup, beaucoup plus conservateur que celui de mon ami Harper. Une ville de fonctionnaires, des buildings gouvernementaux, ville bien organisée, autoroutes, boulevards, métro. Une ville sécuritaire. Merveilleux pour y vivre en famille. Mais rien de bien excitant pour le touriste. Il...

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EuroAfricAsie

May 16, 2012 - Roadtrip to Ankara

Early departure to visit Topkapi Palace...Ottoman Sultan Mehmet the Conquerer's administrative center. We learned about the Sultan, his kidnapped boys (who were trained to be soldiers and other palace officials), and the kidnapped girls who became the harem. We visited the Imperial Treasury which houses many examples of the extreme wealth of the sultans...huge emeralds, rubies, jade, gold, turquoise and diamonds. Each room in the palace ornately decorated with hand made tiles...floor to ceiling! Rode our bus to the new district for lunch....

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Sheeon Year 2012

Apr 16, 2012 - Ankara to Cappadocia

We started with a visit to the Musuem of Anatolian Civilisations in Ankara. The artifacts in this museum really highlight the history - so much to take in. From there we went to Anit Kabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. This was quite a complex and as pointed out the pride of Turkey. The museum is totatlly dedicated to him with many personal belongings. After we came out of the museum we waited for the dignities to leave. Apparently it is quite common for diginities of countries to visit here on state visits. Today...

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Bev's 2012 Adventure

Apr 16, 2012 - Wireless in Turkey - unlikely at best

Well, wireless in Turkey means wireless -less- less etc. haven't written sooner because it as impossible to connect. Several attempts and several wasted hours made me just say "Later!". For all of you that let me know the I forgot to send the picture of my new Bedouin Boyfriend, that I sadly had to leave behind at the caves of Petra, I did try attaching the photo twice. I cannot blame the wireless in Turkey, it has something to do with transferring the photo from my phone to my gmail and then trying to forward the photo. A bit anti climatic...

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Jordan and Turkey

Apr 15, 2012 - Bursa to Ankara

Our first stop was a wonderful little village about 20 minutes out of Bursa. Cumalilizik Village has a unique culture with interesting wooden homes with the first floors often being shops. The village is on some very fertile land at the base of the mountain. The villages have homemade jams, pastas etc for sale. It really was a step back in time as we walked the cobblestone roads and saw the old buildings. Typical villages have a square cafe, and mosque. The village has become quite famous as it was the location of a Turkish movie. From...

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Bev's 2012 Adventure

Oct 14, 2011 - Ankara

It was one long-ass day. Not much to tell here as we really didn't stick around long. Ankara is a big modern city, quite a contrast to Istanbul. Driving in, we passed miles of high-rise apartment buildings under construction and blocks of modern government buildings and ministries, all draped with huge Turkish flags and portraits of Ataturk, known as the father of modern Turkey. The Turkish people love him and with good reason as he did some pretty amazing things. We arrived late, ate a quick dinner and went to bed. This morning we toured...

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Greece & Turkey 2011

Oct 3, 2011 - Walking tour of Istanbul

Monday night and we are on the train to Ankara. We've had another big day today. Packed our bags, had breakfast and were ready to rock and roll by 9.00am. Called the Giles family before we left...the kids were full of the fun they had at the show. Sent Mel a text to see if they were at home however it wouldn't send...I decided I would try again later. We sat down with the group before we set off on our walking tour and introduced ourselves and told the group a little about ourselves. It was then off to see so e of the sites along the way to...

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