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Travel Blogs from Ankara
My good friends Gene and Will are on my flight from Chicago with another friend who I'm meeting for the first time on this tour. We join up with another tour member as soon as we land in Munich this morning, and race to the gate where our Lufthansa flight for Ankara departs soon after we get there.
It is raining when we land in Ankara at …
... plane - I've never really been a fan of it previously, but I thought hey, when in Turkey... and it was delicious!
Got to Istanbul at about 8.15pm. My next flight to Ankara boarded at 8.50pm. I thought half an hour would be OK for the change. Got off, found a nice family that showed me the way to go. No connecting flights sign, just VISA and PASSPORT queues. I talk to a man who just says get a visa and go through passport. The problem here ...
... topped off with some great ice cream.
That night we have our farewell dinner in the hotel restaurant. Not too special a location or meal, but a nice last gathering of the large group. Tomorrow 12 of us will travel on to Izmir.
The evening mood is disrupted by the discovery that the hotel can't find my laundry. Again, I have to involve Mustafa in a search for my lost belongings. He just might be thinking I'm a little jinxed!
... Today, our first of 3 days off, we went to the Ataturk Mausoleum and Museum with Professor Petrie who arrived last night as Professor Graham went to some fancy dean meeting in Istanbul. The Mausoleum moment is HUGE and interesting- Ataturk was a revolutionary leader in the early 20th century who not only gained freedom for Turkey from the Greeks and everyone else who was trying to knock out the Ottomans, he was also a huge part of Turkey's move ...
... Ankara we were on our way to the Cappadocia area of Turkey which was settled by the Persians in the late 6th century BC until the empire was defeated by Alexander the Great. It was later occupied by the Greeks and up until 1923 had a very large Greek population. The area is known for its natural rock formations, valleys and is a big center for the famous Turkish carpet weavers.
On the way to the hotel, ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center