BEST WESTERN Hotel Ikibin-2000
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- Wheelchair accessibility
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Today we caught the local tram, then a train, then a taxi to Pendik Station to catch the Very Fast Train, which travelled up to 250 km an hour, from Istanbul to Ankara, the capital of Turkey.
We went around the coast for a while, ...
Our destination today is Ankara. We are visiting the the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
But before we made our way to Ankara we made a short stop to the turquoise jewelry shop. Turkey is famous for its turquoise.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the leader of the Turkish War of Independence and the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey. It is located in Ankara and was designed by architects Professor Emin Onat ...
... but we ended up at the Citadel instead. That was ok though because that was next on the list. The Citadel is the old castle and parts of it are well preserved. Inside the outer walls it is like stepping back in time, little dirt streets and houses overhanging them. The view from the top was great. It is weird to be old though, around ten until mid afternoon. The Museum of Anatolian ...
... from both the Turkish ambassador and the US one. Then it was drinking time. A brass band called "ToBeContinued" came up to the band stand and played some songs. They were from New Orleans, and really good, so much so I bought a CD from them for 20TL at the end, and even got a picture!
Now, without giving you all a step by step account of what happened, I will simply tell you I had fun. I felt like a fish out of water, but it ...
... flying overhead. They are huge birds, standing about eye level with a shortish person, with long slender necks and reddish legs poking out of their streamlined bodies. Sixty-eight of them flew over me in a V formation, with the leader occasionally flapping their wings a few times, resulting in the following two directly behind and to the side flapping shortly after... creating a rhythm as the next pair pumped the air a ...