Going From Bursa to Ankara

Trip Start Mar 28, 2014
Trip End Apr 13, 2014

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Today was a long bus day as we traveled from Bursa to the capital of Turkey, Ankara- a distance of about 300 km.

Weather was again very nice- sunny and near 60. On the way we stopped at a small (1500 people) village called Cumalikizik.  It was made famous a few years ago as the site for a popular TV soap opera. People started coming to this ancient village and it is now a popular site to visit. Inhabitants became entrepreneurs and began serving meals in their homes, and selling locally made products including breads, candies, honey, eggs, jams and canned vegetables.  The houses date back to the 11-12th centuries.  It is quaint.  We visited a local home where we were served Turkish tea. We also had time to explore the village before leaving for Ankara.

After lunch we visited the archeological site of the ancient city of Gordion where King Midas is rumored to have lived and died. Archeologists feel they have found his tomb, which we were able to explore. There is also a small museum with artifacts from the area, representing life as far back as 6000 BC.  It was here that it was rumored that Alexander the Great cut the famous "Gordion Knot".
We arrived late in the afternoon at Ankara, the capital city of Turkey since 1923. It is large (4 million people) and relatively modern. It has a historical past with linkages in prehistoric times to the Hittites(2000BC), the Phrygians(1000BC), the Lydians, Persians, Alexander the Great(325BC), Romans, Goths, Arabs, etc.  Seems like everyone who was going somewhere passed through this region!  

Tomorrow we are going to Cappadocia with its unique natural wonders.
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Annette Landvatter on

What was the Gordion Knot?

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