Balloons, Rumi and Conservative Muslims

Trip Start Apr 19, 2010
Trip End Jun 06, 2010

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

This morning I was still trying to recover while Jacqui went off and joined the group for a tour of homes carved in the rocks.  Bright and early I woke to discovered twenty or more hot-air balloons rising at 6AM so I took some pictures of them through the hotel window.  A Balloon ride is 250 Euros a person for 45 to 60 minutes over the landscape of Cappadocia.  A few from the group took the journey yesterday morning and loved the experience.

When the group returned we continued our journey through central Turkey as we motored off to the town of Konya.  Konya was the capital of the Seijuk Turks and is a very conservative city according our guide, Ali.

It is here that the poet Rumi, established his branch of mystic Islam know as the Whirling Dervishes.  In the morning we will visit the museum that once was his mosque. 

In Konya we stayed at the Rumi Hotel, across the road from the museum and had a very nice room, our best to date on this tour.  We got lucky and got an upgrade to a suite!  However, a suite is a bit of a waste for us.  All we want is a shower, toilet (!) and a bed.  The temperature is noticeably rising as we continue our journey.  In the evening Ali did an orientation of Konya while we all wilted in the heat.  A group arranged to meet for dinner but I begged off.
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