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Travel Blogs from Konya
... consumption in Turkey - it really is a country of contrasts! Afternoon sightseeing featured visits to three outstanding Seljuk structures: the Melvana Monastery/ Mausoleum of the Dervishes, which is now a museum. Muslims from around the world visit. There are exhibits from the earliest Dervishes as Konya was the original home of the Whirling Dervishes. The Karatay Medrese (theological school and tile museum) was built in the 13th century and displays ...
... but it is quieter in the evenings. We enjoyed an excellent meal of Turkish pizza and Konya lamb kabap, and finished with a sampling of three different Konyan desserts, all to the accompaniment of dervish music (which got a bit monotonous). Mario was a typical, friendly, hospitable Turkish host. He had lived in Austria for some time and spoke German (but very little English) so Noel did most of the talking with him. It was a superb ...
... crunchy on the edges due to this method. The meat is then shaved off and dropped into a bread that resembles pita, but is softer. Cucumber yogurt is poured on top, and the bread is folded. I am salivating writing about this delight. You know it as a schwarma at home, but those have no comparison to what comes straight off the grill. There are often juice drinks at every meal. Sherbet here is not ice cream, it is pressed fruit juice, and is highly sweetened. I took a photo of ...
... where dervishes lived, learned Islam, and participated in rituals unique to the Mevlevi Order, such as the Semah. By the way, a dervish is like a monk or a holy man.
Also interesting was to see how a new dervish was initiated into the Mevlevi Order. The new dervish had to show his renunciation of the world, his desire to be part of the order, and have within him a proper temperament of patience and wisdom. If he did not meet all of ...
... It was a pleasant walk, the babbling of the water always on one's right. Robert started to climb up to the Kirkdamalti Church so I followed as did Hillary. It is amazing to see the extent of the mosaics that have survived time. St George may have slayed the dragon but in the remaining fresco over the door the dragon has better stood the test of time. A rain shower dampened things literally but passed.
By 1218 had completed the ...
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Free parking