Travel Blogs from Ankara
... and fun. I think I've reached a point now with the boys that they understand that what I say goes, but I can still be fun and have ideas and keep them entertained. This week has been the best yet in terms of my relationship with them (naturally, they've gotten to know me), but it seems like a waste almost... I'm leaving tomorrow!
I had my first night out in Ankara on Friday night. It was Guy's leaving do, and I gatecrashed, thinking I'll stay at the red lion club (at ...
... made of straw and mud. The cobblestone streets are like walking down a riverbed – this is no place for high heels - and they are dished into the centre with water running down in places. There was quite a big cemetery there which again looked like a riverbed with a few headstones standing up. We were told that this is the way the cemeteries usually look like because they believe that once the funeral is over ...
... nestling below the kale (citadel). So close to the sights but the area is a bit scruffy....inside the hotel is great (very modern, HQ fittings, plenty of space).
Evening familiarization walk in search of the Column of Julian which I found after a few false starts, some dodgy bars & Ataturk's imposing equestrian statue......climbed up towards the kale. Steep hill, thunderstorm, dripping awnings in the garment bazaar (everything from over-the-top wedding frocks ...
... duties... which are thankfully already completed.... I think... I hope! After they left I crashed for an hour, did a few tasks, took a jaunt upstairs to have a brisk cup of coffee with my director and his wife... and headed off with my friend Anthony to have a final Turkish hamam bath and massage.
Heading into the old part of Ankara to enjoy a hamam that has been cleaning locals and travelers alike since the 1400's was ...
... of their mud brick dwellings with red tiled roofs being torn down. The first hint of a village I come upon is an old Ottoman graveyard with massive upturned stones marking the hallowed ground of past loved ones. The golden shades of lichen that grow on the sides of these burial markers are often mysteriously illuminated when lit by the orange hues of the setting sun. Shortly after I take a sharp bend in the path, bringing ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility