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Day 3 Continues... In the afternoon we continued onto Ankara which was about 5-6 hrs east of Instanbul in Asia. We visited a memorial built in honor of Mustaka Kemel Atatruk who was an Army officer in World War 1 and who founded an independent Republic of Turkey. We then visited the refurbished Museum which had exhibits dating back thousands of …
... 11:30. I remember Ankara station, I spent a couple of hours there waiting for the train to Eastern Turkey as part of my Black Sea expedition. And I recall that on the far side of the tracks there was a railway museum. Closed down but you could climb through the fence and wander among the engines. All gone - a huge building site now.
After all that I decided I needed the easy way home. So I got a cheap flight from Ankara to Istanbul and found a room on a nice hotel ...
... I'm at Eskishir rail station at 1030hrs, a lot earlier than anticipated, I find the ticket office to see if there's a train to Ankara sooner than the 1245hrs. There is. At 1115hrs. Within 20seconds my ticket is changed without charge and handed over....not like the palaver we had yesterday! She also confirms that tomorrow's day train is fully booked - just wanted to make sure.
Have to pass security before boarding the high speed train - X-ray machine and body scanner. ...
... br> The entire train ride I was very indulgent and cried most of the way, dreading the journey with the change over in Istanbul being the main cause of concern. Little did I know my worries were about to be confirmed. The train ride was the easiest part of my trip, I got to Gatwick and through security with little worry or hiccup, and was waiting for my gate to be called, still a little welled up at the thought of not seeing people, particularly Dan, for what then seemed ...
... amazing archaeological displays that cover a time frame beginning with the Paleolithic period, on through the Assyrian and Hittite periods to the more 'modern' Greek, Roman, and Byzantine eras. It doesn't take us much time to make it through the museum. I actually make the self-guided tour two times.
We return to the hotel in time for lunch. A small group of us head back up the street to the coffee shop for a nice lunch accompanied by Coke in little ...