May 4-15 2012
Having long harbored a desire to explore the remains of the Hittite civilization, springtime in Turkey turned out to be perfect for our visits to ancient sites as well as to enjoy the natural beauty of the Cappadocia, Lycia, Galatia and Ionia countryside.
Our journey took us in a wide arc of approximately 3,800 kms through such wonderful cities as Pamukkale, Aksaray, Konya, Denizli, Fethiye, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Troy, Pergamon and Canakkale. We also enjoyed the historic city of Istanbul for 3 nights as well as Ankara and Gelibolu (Gallipoli). Not only did we get educated on the Hittite (and pre-Hittite) eras, we also learned so much about the early Greek period, the Roman period and then the early Christian chaotic period, leading to the long Byzantium era and on into the Ottoman Empire and of course the modern era founded by Attaturk.
Best Mosque: Konya (Mevlana cult founded by a Dervish mystic)
Biggest Mosque: Blue Mosque
Biggest Byzantium Church: Haghia St. Sophia
Best Palace: Topkapi
Best Natural Wonder: Weathered Phalic Formations-Cappadocia
Best Lunch: Tennis Club, Denizli (great lamb)
Best Dinner: Haci Baba, Istanbul (great everything)
Best Accomodation: They were all excellent!
Most Haunting: Gallipoli
Most Important Monument to Contemporary Turks: Attaturk Mausoleum, Ankara
Best Inland Sea Journey: Bosphorus Cruise
Best Sailing Cruise: Fethiye Bay, Mediterranean
Best Aegean Sea Experience: Ferry from Canakkale to Thrace (Dardanelles)
Best Nightclub: Kervansaray, Istanbul (lithe and flexible Belly Dancers)
Best Market: Spice Market, Istanbul
Best Bazaar: Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
Biggest Thank You: Mustafa, whose knowledge of his country’s history is now legendary! We enjoyed this young man’s company and thoughtfulness, without which we would have not appreciated just what wonderful hosts the Turkish people are.
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