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Sep 18, 2011 - Traveling to Konya

On our way through Turkey, we travelled by bus to an industrial town called Konya, one of the more conservative cities we visited. On the way, we visited a village mosque and had an opportunity to speak with the Imam, a young man who is very modern and projects the current face of Islamic Turkey. We also had a chance to visit an intact caravansarai (a protective outpost on the Silk Road for caravan traffic) these outposts were located one day's travel apart from each other. Caravan travellers could stop for the night for free and be...

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Apr 17, 2011 - Sultanhani - Zirve - Antalya

The group are given souvenir hoodies, with ANZAC Gallipoli 2011 on them. They are white, which isn’t the best colour choice for travel. We won’t be able to take them with us when we leave Turkey, there just isn’t the room and they won’t stay clean for long either. The larger sizes don’t fit well either, but they will still be very useful if it is cold at ANZAC cove. We head along an old silk road towards Antalya on the Aegean coast. In Sultanhani we visit a caravanserai (serai means castle). These were built all along the road, placed...

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Apr 10, 2011 - Ucagiz to Konya

This was the day of our long bus trip from the south west coast to the centre of the country. It was a 10 hour journey which started with leaving Ucagiz at 8.00am. We left this morning after our usual wake up calls from the roosters and the call to prayer. The sun was shining and it was a very nice temperature. The drive to Antalya took 3.5 hours in a small bus (dolmus). At our first “comfort” stop, Ken, a member of our group came back to the bus with dirt on his jacket. He relayed his adventure: getting trapped in a Turkish toilet! Once...

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Apr 8, 2010 - Day 8 Antalya to Konya

Day 8 - Antalya to Konya Aydin had reminded us the day before that our next overnight was in Konya, a more conservative town, so I made sure to wear a long-sleeve shirt and long pants, and wear a scarf to cover my head when required. He also said that it might rain, and since we were moving away from the tropic-like coastal area and through the mountains, it was definitely going to be cooler. We were back on our usual schedule - wake up by 6:30 am, bags out and breakfast by 7:00 am, and leave the hotel at 8:00 am. Our first stop of the day...

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Oct 10, 2007 - Pumakkale to Konya

After saying our goodbyes we headed out of town by dolmus back to Denizli to catch our bus to Konya. Because of our wonderful experience with the Pumakkale bus line we decided it was unnecessary to load up with water and snacks for the 7 hour bus ride. BIG MISTAKE! We waited for snacks and drinks for a long while even though there was no evidence of any food. We are not sure why but it could just be that different bus lines have different services or that it was Ramadan and this bus line honored the ritual of not eating or drinking in...

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Jul 21, 2007 - Konya

Vılle conservatrice par excellence, Konya nous accueille dans toute sa pudeur. Quelques femmes osent se montrer en T-shırt bédaıne, maıs elles sont tres rares. Au restaurant, je me fais dévısager par les locaux, quı n'ont pas l'aır habıtué aux tourıstes. Nous arrıvons en pleine effervescence politique, a la veılle des électıons. Des enfant courent partout dans la vılle avec des drapeaux du Partı saadet, assocıé aux ıntegrıstes musulmans... Sur cette lancée, nous en profıtons pour vısıter quelques mosquées. Le port du voıle y étant...

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Voyage en Turquie

May 31, 2007 - Travel to Cappadocia

Thursday 31st. May: Left Istanbul on 'Merem Express' overnıght traın for Konya. Express ıs a loose term - as thıs traın eıther seemed to be be restıng ın sıdıngs or travellıng at 15 mph most of the nıght. Arrıved ın Konya 14 1/2 hours later - good job we were ın a sleeper compartment! Two exceellent beds a frıdge stacked wıth free goodıes and a shared attendant called Mustaffar. Our ımpressıons of the journey across Turkey: Very rural wıth many crops and vast areas of rollıng grassland. When you eventually saw a town ıt was very large!

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Feb 15, 2007 - Konya and area, Turkey

With our hearts in our throats, we left the warmth and security of the Mediterranean at Mersin and ventured north. Given the snow and cold weather plaguing Turkey this past two weeks, we were sure we were going to run into more of the foul stuff but we were met with clear, dry roads which was a blessing since we reached an altitude of 1428 meters. There was still a lot of snow on the ground so driving through the flat Saskatchewan-like plains surrounded by high mountains made a beautiful landscape. Our first night we attempted to camp in a...

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Feb 26, 2006 - konya

dear nader, so i'm at the end of the southwestern leg of the trip. tomorrow i'll head over to cappadocia (it's actually not that far compared to the last couple of schlepps). about konya though, not bad. for the most spiritual/holy place in the country, it's pretty easy going, give or take a bunch of embicile alpha males. & i really dig the firin kebap, a local speciality that, ın my opion, by far surpasses the iskender kebap of bursa. this town is about the size of winnipeg & boasts quite a few beautiful seljuk buildings, not to mention...

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Oct 23, 2005 - Cappadocia and Konya

We bid Aunt Elayne a fond farewell and took a 6:25 a.m. flight out of Istanbul to Kayseri, a medium-sized town on the edge of the region of Turkey called Cappadocia. (By the way, it's hard to believe that a part of our trip that we have been looking forward to and planning for ages...traveling with Elayne and Emily...is already over!) We don't usually sign up for group tours, but in this case it turned out to be a great way to see this spectacular area. Cappadocia is in central Turkey and, for those of you who have your atlases out...

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Oct 4, 2005 - Come, whoever you are...

You've come to the right place. It's just that I flew to Konya this morning and walked around and visited the tombs of Rumi and many other dervish sheikhs of the Mevlevi sect. Then I slept at a wonderful little place with cheap, clean rooms. Then I caught a plane back to Istanbul. Then I tried to find a place that's open. Here I am, but I'm wiped out and starving and Ramazan (Turkish spelling, way of saying it) starts in a matter of hours and I'm going to spend my entire time in the Middle East during Ramadan. I will officially update...

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Jun 26, 2005 - Konya, one day stop in route to Capadocia

Konya started off on the wrong foot with us. Finding a place to stay was difficult and expensive. Then, the manager of the hotel sent us to a rip-off dinner and "Whirling Dervish" show. We were saved by the kindness of the people. First, a fantastic family invited us over to join them for dinner and tea after the performance. Only one daughter spoke a little english, but we managed and had a blast. The following day, while walking through the park in the morning, another family invited us over for a picnic on their blanket. Again, just the...

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