Day 6 (early afternoon)
Temperature: 12 degrees
For the next two hours, I watched the landscape go by as if I was watching a movie. This tells you how much I was captivated by what I was seeing. In certain areas, the land was flat, the grass was emerald green and the horizon was endless with amazing cloud formations whereas in other areas, stunning mountain ranges with snow caped summits provided a beautiful contrast.
The sky was grey, sometimes blue and while the sun hid behind the clouds, nature was awakening from its harsh winter months and blooming right in front of my eyes. As an artist, I was overwhelmed by finding so much beauty in all of this! I was constantly taking pictures! Michel….yes, sleeping again!
From flat land to valleys, we were driven through all of this where trees were still skeletons but the land appeared richly brown from having recently been plowed. As much as I was devouring the landscape, I could also hear Aussie Rosy, my competitor sitting right behind my seat snapping pictures as much as I was! With this rotational seat change, I was now sitting on the right side of the bus, third row going back. Lucky for me, the most beautiful views were on my side of the motor coach!
Close to 2:00pm, a stop was made along the road in the middle of nowhere where a little tourist shopping plaza stood with restaurants, a gas station and gift shops. A sign close by indicated that we were now in Kitsehir
. As much as I enjoyed time spent sitting in the motor coach, it was now time to get up and move around.
In this rest area, I had my very first taste of a Turkish pizza therefore breaking my world record attempt of eating soup each day for lunch on this trip. Michel, not much of a pizza fan, would say that a pizza is a pizza and that they all look and taste the same, but this one, the crust was much thinner (like pita bread) and was garnished only with cheese and sauce as ordered. Its shape was rectangular as opposed to being round, so, there you go Michel….the pizza was completely different. The taste being different due to the kind of cheese, was regardless delicious and not delissio! As usual, lunches were not included as part of the tour (only breakfast and dinners). Michel had a beer with it. Can't say he wasn’t treated like a king on this trip!
The grounds of this little tourist spot were explored in depth as well as the gift shops in which another cheap beaded bracelet was purchased…..which had Michel figuring out that at a rate of two bracelets per day, by the end of this tour, I should have a handful of them which he could sell back home and make a fortune!
Back on board the motor coach, the journey continued for at least another hour till we reached our next pit stop for the day….a town going by the name of Haci Bektas! With a name like that, I was definitely looking forward to my next excursion….and who knows….another bracelet maybe! Monique :-)