Category Archives: Turkey

Picture of the day ~ Opium seeds

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert Two years ago near Konya Turkey At our morning coffee stop we had the option of trying a local specialty ~ fresh … Continue reading

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Picture of the Day ~ Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Want to find out a little more about our time in Istanbul last year? Check out this blog post to read about our day, or this post to see more pictures. Gratitude Moment: Today I am grateful for our police force. … Continue reading

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20 Things I learned about Turkey and a Wrap-up

Turkey is a land where many cultures have dominated, been overthrown, conquered, and deported.  It sits on the ancient Silk Road at the crossroad between East and West. The amount of information gained and the variety of experiences on a … Continue reading

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Turkey ~ Long travel day back to Istanbul, Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Market

Saturday, February 22nd Today will be our longest bus ride – six hours worth.  Broken up with a nice lunch stop I enjoyed seeing the fresh offerings at the salad bar.  The restaurant had an attached grocery store that was … Continue reading

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Turkey – Ankara, Ataturk Mausoleum (Anitkabir), Hittite Museum (Museum of Anatolian Civilizations)

February 21st – Ankara Driving from Cappadocia to Ankara today.  Our guide, Erdal, tells us more about Turkey, their culture, Ataturk, their war of independence, and the tax system.  Our weather is changing.  We have had beautiful blue skies since … Continue reading

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Turkey ~ Cappadocia Sites, Göreme National Park, UNESCO, Ceramic factory

February 20th, continued… (Warning, another long post) We started our day off with the optional early morning hot air balloon flight which I wrote about and posted a separate entry on.  You can check it out here if you are … Continue reading

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Turkey – Hot Air Balloon Ride over Cappadocia

February 20th, Cappadocia Wake up call was set for 5:30 and departure for our group of 11 on the optional hot air balloon trip was 6:00. The sky was just starting to lighten as we left the hotel. A twenty-minute … Continue reading

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Turkey ~ Along the Silk Road with a visit to a school, caravanserai, carpet shop and Whirling Dervishes

The internet was pitifully slow in Cappadocia, so I am playing catch-up on my blog. Warning, this is a long post. February 19, 2014 Wednesday we traveled along the Silk Road which takes us through the flattest part of Turkey, … Continue reading

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Turkey ~ Mevlana (Whirling Dervish) Museum, Konya

Tuesday, February 18th My brother-in-law, Mark, turns 60 today.  We will officially celebrate with him in a couple of days with a hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia. Leaving the coastal Aegean area, for a 5.5 hour drive toward central … Continue reading

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Turkey ~ Hierapolis, Pamukkale, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Monday, February 17th I’m irritated with myself this morning.  I’m working on my tiny iPad to post on here trying to let Tim sleep.  With clumsy fingers I tried to edit my post on Ephesus to correct a spelling error. … Continue reading

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