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Travel Blogs from Ankara
A bit of a slow start. First we had to re-pack the car, particularly the top box. I had packed it Oman and it was really full. Now we had to fit two biggish golf bags and re-distribute the rest. I think we have both reached the conclusion that we have too much stuff! It did all go in, but the back seats were a little fuller than I had planned,,,,
We also had to negotiate the vagaries of the Turkish motorway toll system. They have ...
Had a 10 minute drive to the Kemal Attaturk museum which is being renovated(what's new), an insight into the design capabilities of ancient civilisations. The museum records the history of the Asia minor.The pitchers and containers are being replicated today, and some designs are ingenious. Carving of ivory and stone was intricate.
Next, to the Attaturk mausoleum which is massive and so impressive. It is obvious by the number of visitors including ...
... to go to a Hamam that time and we settled for the second "best thing" - smoking narghile and playing backgammon. Sasha and Dasha just wanted to try hookah and they did it the way locals do. Our pipe was melon flavored. Sasha learned to play backgammon - it turned out to be much easier than chess. Despite his lucky dice he lost. However, the game is not about winning or losing. No wonder why life in Turkey is so stress free!
Until next time,
... as their father died.
We then travelled to a small village that had retained the architecture of the early Ottoman era (sort of half timbered English Tudor). After lunch we then started our trip to Ankara – about five hours away.
On the way we stopped at Gordion to see the some ancient burial mounds, one of which is thought to have been King Midas (yes there was a real King Midas). Gordion is also ...
... absence of any wind, it didn't actually feel cold. Made my way by bus and metro to Ullus in search of my hostel which was the cheapest one that I could find in Ankara. But with poor directions, having inadvertently deleted the email with address so operating from memory alone, I spent the best part of 4 hours wandering and looking with no luck. Then suddenly thousands of football supporters descended for ...
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