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Apr 11, 2010 - Day 11 Cappadocia to Ankara

Day 11 - Cappadocia to Ankara Today when I woke up, I was so tired, and didn’t feel well rested at all. I thought I had enough sleep, but I guess I didn’t. After a good breakfast buffet, the coach set off to Ankara, the political capital of Turkey. It used to be Istanbul, but moved to Ankara in 1923 in order to separate the old and new regimes. Our first stop of the day, on our way to Ankara, was at a pottery shop with workrooms. Like the carpet place the day before, we first had a demonstration. The guide, whose family had been potters for...

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Apr 1, 2010 - Ankara, Turkey

We were in the capital of Turkey for a couple days. There's nothing too exciting to explore on our own so we just hung out in the hotel at night. We had a couple speakers and visited Ataturk's Memorial. It's hard to describe the emotions of being there. It was an expansive memorial and a huge museum under the memorial of Ataturk's belongings and the foundation of modern Turkey.

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Dec 1, 2008 - A day in Ankara

Randy I’m so glad we broke up our trip to Istanbul with a stopover in Ankara. The bus ride here from Amasya was painless. The trip into town from the bus station via the underground metro was also easy. When we got onto the street in Ankara it was just dark. We had full packs and our travel book open to the map page. We have seen virtually no street signs in all of Turkey and Ankara is no exception. In big cities navigating by feel can be a bit tricky, but we’ll eventually find our way to our hotel. Fortunately, we were approached by a...

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Oct 17, 2008 - Ankara Oct 17-Nov 7

Bought a bus tıcket for 37 YTL to Ankara, the capıtol of Turkey, to stay and vısıt wıth my aunt and uncle for a few weeks. The bus rıde was about 6-7 hours long and they served you drınks and a pıece of cake durıng the trıp, so ıt wasn't too bad. Also the aır condıtıonıng helped a bıt. I dıd manage to see and spend a couple of days wıth my Aunt Renate whıle I was ın Germany. She flew over for 2 weeks. But before that I have not seen my aunt and uncle for over 22 years. So when I got off the bus ıt was great to see my Uncle Lutfı, a true...

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Jul 21, 2008 - Ankara via Sungurlu

Up and out after breakfast at Pension...highly recommend this place, the owner speaks good English and the Pension is beautiful, very good value for $$. Mini bus to Sungurlu 8:15, 10:15 on Lider bus line, very good bus! Arrived in Ankara 1pm and went to old stomping grounds at Hotel Pinar where they welcomed us w/ open arms! Left as soon as we could for UPS - chking on line the package was in Istanbul at 7 am so when we got there we found it would be & was there at 4 pm. Halelluyah!!! Never thought I'd be sooo glad to have my passport...

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Jul 5, 2008 - Ankara

Leaving today...via bus...should take 5 hours...we've had a fine stay at Istanbul Hostel, the folks have been very helpful and accommodating here. Got to bus station and off on a nice AC, 60 passenger(full), w/o movie bus. The steward gives rose water to everyone(on hands from a lg shaker bottle). During a 7 hour ride he served everyone at minimum 2 times tea/coffee &/or pepsi in foam cups - new ones each time. In addition, you could request as many plastic, foil covered cups(about a cup and a half) of water. Most everyone had a minimum of...

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Dec 24, 2007 - Ankara

Ankara, la capital de Turquia, es una ciudad en general moderna sin muchos atractivos turisticos. Esta el mausoleo de Ataturk, el padre de la nacion turca, que lo mantienen impecable. Al costado esta un museo historico-militar de Turquia, donde los turcos salen siempre como los buenos, los valientes, los magnanimos y los afectados por las invasiones extranjeras. Tambien esta el Museo de Civilizaciones de Anatolia, que gano el premio al mejor museo europeo hace unos anhos. Es un museo excelente, y las piezas que exponen realmente llaman la...

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Oct 13, 2007 - Goreme to Ankara

We thoroughly enjoyed one more spectacular morning breakfast with the views of Cappadocia. Wow, what a place. Onder drove us to the Otogar and said his good byes. As usual our bus was late. We had to get back to Nevsehir to catch our bus to Ankara, which was about 5 hours long. Oh yeah . . . . . . another bus ride. The Nevsehir bus line was nice as once again we were served with choice of drinks and snacks even though this time we were prepared. Ramadan is now over so who knows. Today our bus trip took us through foothills on the east side...

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Jul 16, 2007 - Ankara

Dimanche Après un vol sans anicroche et du manger d'avion fort apprécié, nous sommes reçus à Ankara comme des rois par nos hôtes Annie et Sébastien. Ayant à coeur de nous faire passer le décalage horaire, ils nous ont préparé un souper de moussaka turque bien arrosé. À 21h30, on s'endort comme des bébés dans notre bel appartement fraîchement rénové. Rien de dépaysant pour l'instant. Lundi Notre première journée au pays d'Ataturk se déroule sous le signe du magasinage. Les bons prix combinés à mon nouveau penchant pour la négociation ont...

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Voyage en Turquie

Sep 1, 2006 - Trekking in Turkey with the lovely Mel - Anyone else want to come???

The Lycian Way is a coastal walk and mild temperatures mean it can be walked throughout the winter months. But beware - ground over 1000m can be snow-covered from early January to end April! Mid-July - early-September is too hot for comfort. The St Paul Trail runs mainly above 1000m altitude; some snow falls from mid-December on most of the route, but melts again by mid-May. Winters are also stormy from mid-November - mid-January and again in late-March and April, but summer temperatures never rise too high. Best times to walk the Lycian...

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Where is Rosie?

Jul 7, 2006 - Ankara

Hı Frıends I am typıng on a cyrlic keyboard so thıngs are not quıte the same. So if İ am missıng punctuatıon or the letters seem funny--I have had help. Well for those of you who don't know Ankara Turkey ıs slıghtly over 24 hours of travel from Los Angeles. Los Angeles İnternatıonal aırport ıs quıckly becomıng a second to thırd world aırport. The checkın was slow. There were long lıne on the sıdewalk and once you got ınsıde there was not much to do. When you compare ıt to any other aırport you fly to ıt ıs kınd of embarassıng that that ıs...

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Nov 9, 2005 - So long and thanks for all the Turkey ---- it's time to go to Iran!

We actually got our Iranian visas after all those months - woohoo! We will miss the annual Death2America demonstration on Nov 4, the anniversary of the 1979 embassy hostage taking... (check out http://newsfromrussia.com/world/2005/11/02/66835.html) Seriously, we have a guide (a minder?) who we'll make sure keeps us from stumbling into any angry crowds. And from what we hear, Iranian people are exceedingly friendly and hospitable, and keep clear the distinction between the US govt and American civilians. In Turkey there was soooo much we...

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