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April 17, 2014
ANTAKYA to GAZIANTEP via KILIS 212 Km
Güzel Hotel 60 TL - Double including Breakfast
Friday, November 11 Our journey through Turkey is almost over - Friday was our first rainy day in the 18 days we've been here, but it also snowed in the mountains, so we couldn't go all the way up to Mt. Nemrut (maybe next time). We started the day by finding our pictures in two local Sanliurfa newspapers. Apparently, being the only Americans at a national Turkish celebration is newsworthy. Ovunc made us copies of the articles and ...
... a minefield. On top of that, strange men seemed to be wandering back and forth, some of them perched on the ground watching over as us 2 incredibly white Irish tourists attempted to cross into a country on the brink of civil war. To add to this, fires were burning on both sides of the road, not big ones, but enough to create a screen of smoke which made the already inhospitable landscape even worse.
Eventually, we made it to the gates, and the security ...
... s see what we find.
The bus trip got our hopes up as we passed some of the most beautiful scenery. Big mountains, green, green forests, this was all looking very promising. But the mountains flattened out, the green turned to brown and a very big city loomed ahead. Gaziantep is business central and we were there to spend four days. *sigh* Not what we were hoping for but baklava, mosaics, and local life… this could be good.
... of market-goers, smelling the lamb and pepper kebabs cooking in the stands down the way. And the light. Edges blurred into antiquity, the last sunrays playing across gleaming faces and funnels alike. It was one of those turning points for me in this trip. Something like truly arriving. Or truly leaving. The night went on, full, fragrant with the many course dinner at Dohan's family's modest house, four generations around the tablecloth set out on the floor of the ...