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Ankara, the real turkish capitol, First up was the Ataturk Mausoleum, Who is Ataturk you ask? Ataturk is known as the Father of Modern Turkey, following the defeat of the Ottoman empire in WW1, Ataturk picked up the pieces and lead the charge in the Turkish war of Independence, He then became the first Turkish President and shaped what we now call …
... afraid that some of the areas around the castle were truly grim though, basically slums, which seemed to be being cleared but not sure.
The small streets leading up to the castle were being rapidly renovated and they were doing a pretty good job too. Interestingly there were also some of the old shops still there too, not selling to tourists. Actually most of the shops were true antique shops and most of the customers were Turkish. I don't think ...
After my disastrous first 24 hours of Turkey, I needed to update this blog with a little more positivity. To be honest, I probably lost a load of you at the 4th time I said I had cried... But to those of you still with me, here's some proof that Turkey isn't as bad as I first experienced.
I woke at 11am, and immediately felt better. I didn't even hear the call to prayer at 3am. Or the one at 5, or 7, etc.
... Kirk Douglas'.
There isn't a lot left of Hattusha, the ancient capital of the Hittites, mostly just stone outlining the bases of buildings. We first visit Yazilikaya, an interesting holy site that consists of wall carvings in a narrow grotto. One character looks a lot like the modern concept of a wizard, with high coned hat and shoes with pointy toes that curl up.
We head further uphill to the ancient Lion Gate. Only one ancient lion is in attendance. ...
... They have dated
the Hittite people back to 10,000 BC. We
think of ancient people as primitive but they weren’t. They carved stone and worked metal into
jewelry using tools they made themselves.
They sheared their angora sheep and rabbits and spun and wove the wool
into clothes and rugs. We then visited
the Citadel of Ankara, the Castle District.
It’s the oldest ...