Ankara Gordion Hotel
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... really on the main tourist route so numbers these last few days have been very low.
By now our feet were sore and time for a late lunch. We found a café and had Gozleme - a kind of thin sandwich made from flat bread with a very thin filling and baked on a griddle. The lady made them freshly for us and delicious they were too washed down with a thin salty yoghurt - and amazingly filling!
Tomorrow we off to Cappadocia to see the fairies.
... at that but we'd pretty much seen all that already at other attractions. Then we wanted to go to a place called "Atatürk Mausoleum" but the taxi driver who we asked said it would be closed by now so we just had to navigate our way back to the hotel. Seeing a lot of interesting things on the way back. The next day we had a tour, outside of Ankara, for Gourdion. A civilisation of big mounds with important people ...
... at the many colourful shops and then came back to the hotel to wait for our very early ride to the airport. The traffic is so bad here that we were picked up 4 hours before our flight just in case we got stuck in the traffic. Now we are waiting another 2 and a half hours for our flight to Trabzon. The domestic airport security is pretty much the same as the international and we even needed our passports to check in. There is ...
... assume one was the American Ambassador). There was a crowd of paparazzi on the opposite side of the room. I felt like I was meeting royalty.
This entrance hall then lead to a significant space at the back. There were hundreds of people there already, little stands dotted around with olives and crisps on, a bar, a food tent, waitors walking round with canapes on silver trays, even an outdoor starbucks. There was an ...
... East, even in a country as stable as Turkey, intellectuals are being arrested from universities around the country and being charged with conspiring against the government (usually they are Professors in foreign policy/international relations fields). We also learned that in Turkey, once you have been arrested you can be detained for TEN YEARS without having a trial. With minor crime cases it usually takes about the same time as a US trial, but ...