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Mar 20, 2015 - Homestay

March 20 The drive to Konya was scenic starting with leaving Goreme in the snow. Pretty? Sure but I'm getting really tired of being cold. The first stop was the museum of Mevlana, the guy who started the Dirvish thing. It was interesting but .....cold. We left the hills and formations of Cappadocia and drove through the plains of the Konya region. Sheep and farmland lined the roads along with an interesting irrigating system. Next was a stop at an archeological dig where they discovered the world's oldest town. It was uncovered in a mound...

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Sep 24, 2014 - Konya

Oh joy, a normal hotel room in the Hilton. I've no idea why anyone else would want to come to Konya but it's rammed with tourists. Apparently lots of museums and ancient sites plus the center of the Dervish religion. We were taken for a very nice post-audit/pre-flight local speciality, best described as a 4 foot long,4 inch wide pizza. The town really needs to up it's game with respect to cold beer supply - no booze in the restaurant and no bar in the airport followed by an after midnight arrival led to a very rare alcohol free day.

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Jun 29, 2013 - Konya

We headed inland toward Konya and visited the ancient city of Aspendos, c.2,000 BC, on the way. Not a lot remains but a beautifully preserved amphitheatre from the Roman Empirement, 2nd century BC. It is unusual in design as it has a large, tall building in the stage area, with backstage areas too. The facade has decorative ledges that once held big marble statues; quite fantastic. It is the best preserved Roman amphitheatre in Asia Minor. Just before leaving the coastal strip, we passed the huge resorts of Alanya, some with Russian-style...

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Jun 23, 2013 - Konya

Yesterday, we left Sultanhani about 11am and we found the Municipal Caravan Park (N 37° 52’ 11” E 32° 33’ 0”) in Konya at about 12.30pm. This is not a camping ground but it has electric hook-up, water, a portable block shower and toilets. The hobby gardens security next to the site monitors the gated area. And it’s free! All day there are people coming and going to the large hobi bahçeleri site – these are like English allotments where families can grow vegetables. Despite this and the site’s proximity to the main road we found it very...

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May 20, 2012 - Travel to Konya

On the road at 8:15. Our first stop was a guided tour of the ancient underground city of Kaymakli. These cities were carved out of the relatively soft tufa rock. The main reason for the existence of these cities was to provide refuge from the invading armies. Up to 5000 people could live here. We were able to crouch through narrow tunnels to experience living quarters, granneries, stables, wine cellers, and wells! We went 4 stories beneath the ground. It was amazing! Then we visited the picturesque village of Guzelyurt...the birthplace of...

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Sheeon Year 2012

Apr 22, 2012 - Kusadasi, Turkey

Since my last entry, we have managed to make our way back to the incredibly beautiful Mediterranean. Antalya was the first day we did not have to get on the bus and off the bus. We spent two nights there and had one whole day to call our own. The day was relaxing and offered the opportunity for shopping and chatting with locals in the old town area. Our hotel was situated in front of miles of beach, pleasantly vacant, because this is still April. Very little sand at the beach however (seems like most of it blew at us in the windstorm the...

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Jordan and Turkey

Apr 18, 2012 - Windstorms, Sultanhani and Rumi

I was so tempted to by pottery this morning! Beautiful, decorated, pragmatic or ornamental every piece called my name. I did however manage to resist but only because i have bought pottery in other countries before and carried it all the way home to rarely use it. So I satisfied my desire by taking pictures. Pottery is so amazing because the artistic nature is expressed through form as well as color, pattern, practicality and sometimes novelty. And I really love the Turkish patterns. There is a very Arabic flow to the design. The colors are...

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Jordan and Turkey

Apr 18, 2012 - A Stormy Day in Turkey

We started off this morning to very strong winds. It really didn't have a great impact initiatlly as we only travelled about 20 minutes before we arrived at the pottery studio in Avanos. We had an opportunity to watch the masters at work making lovely pieces some of them worth thousands of dollars. They really were beautiful pieces. I was not as lucky today and although I didn't buy carpets, I did buy a couple of small pieces of pottery (from the cheap room). Being practical I am bringing home Turkish wine glasses! Well not that practical...

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Bev's 2012 Adventure

Nov 2, 2011 - Konya

One of the evenings while we were in Cappadocia we attended a service of the Whirling Dervishes, They are an order of the Moslems started back in the 13th century AC. The founder, Celaleddin Rumi, believed that music and dance represented a means to induce a state of universal love and offered a way to liberate the individual from the anxiety and pain of daily life. Picture taking was not allowed. When we headed west from Cappadocia after stopping at a Caravanserais, a hostelries for the protection of merchants traveling caravan routes on...

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Oct 18, 2011 - Konya

Today was another long day. We left Cappadocia early, stopping in the small village of Guzelyurt to vist a mosque and meet with the imam (Muslim counterpart to a minister or rabbi). Tour members asked him questions about Islam, the separation of mosque and state and a variety of other topics. One woman asked him what he would like Americans to know about the Islamic faith, he answered "tell people about what you saw in Turkey, so they will know that we are just like people anywhere". There is this air of "Islam-hysteria" today in the U.S.,...

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Greece & Turkey 2011

Oct 7, 2011 - Urgup to Beysehir

Up early this morning, packed, had breakfast and ready to leave at 7.30. We had a great time last night at the Turkish Nights, not Turkish Delights as I wrote yesterday. I was a little bit dubious about how authentic the dancing would be. We were served a glass of vodka and sour cherry juice on arrival...it was delicious and I decided far too dangerous to drink all night. Food, drinks and the floor show were included in the price so it could have been tempting. I also tried a glass of raki, a local drink made from all the left over grape...

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Oct 3, 2011 - The Forty Rules of Love

I enjoyed the book, but I have mixed feelings about the protagonist. I was happy she found love. I agree with the author that a life without love is hardly worth living. But didn't like how she went about it, or her hypocrisy. She had an emotional affair and she seemed horrified when her husband called her out on it. Furthermore, she tried to justify her actions by throwing his affairs back at him. As if that makes, her behavior any better. What I liked about the novel was the story within Ella's story. I enjoyed the story of Rumi and...

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