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The curates egg.
Good in places.
Not so good in others.
So, from the safety of far away
Laurence (Bin Ridin) put at hex on us. Motoring along at a fairly
strong pace we were apprehended by the local constabulary or the
Jandarma Traffik as they are known here. After almost an hour at the
roadside we were presented …
... to buy souvenirs (bracelets for the girls) as well as try our hand at making our own pomegranate and orange juice. We then drove to the Goreme Open Air Museum a UNESCO heritage listed site which preserves some examples of early churches and a monastery in a huge open air setting. It was interesting - especially the chapels where the examples of the frescos were well preserved. But after a while the chapels started to look the same and we'd had enough a little before ...
Okay, it's 5:45am on the west coast of Turkey and pitch black as I fix the luggage onto the bike. It is almost 900 klicks to Cappadocia via Izmir, Afyon, Konya and Aksaray. The plan is to set off early and see how far I get before tiredness wins out. Konya, the religious capital of Turkey, is the primary aim, but let's see how it goes.
I head over the mountains to the west of Kusadasi as the sun starts to make inroads ...
We took the 10hr overnight bus from istanbul to goreme, which was quite the adventure since throughout the 10hrs, no one spoke a word of English to us. From start to finish, the experience was one of lost cattle herded by the yells of Turkish men. Turkish buses have 2 conductor/bus attendants who serve passengers snacks and drinks during the ride, which is nice. Unfortunately the bus wasn't conducive for sleeping since they kept turning on the lights and there ...
... the panoramic view of the region, although I have to admit I didn't enjoy the climb! From up there in every direction there was an amazing view to be seen. We could even see the distant snow capped volcanoes which created the amazing landscapes of this region. We then went and had our lunch at a restaurant in a cave. It was freezing cold in there, so much so that all the girls in the group had to ask for blankets. Even the two Indian guys asked for blankets which ...