Fortresses, museums and tombs!

Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
Trip End Mar 28, 2011

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Flag of Turkey  , Cappadocia,
Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 8 (afternoon)    

Temperature:   13 degrees
Weather:  grey sky, damp                  

Back on the motor coach, my amazing journey continued….. and of course.....while Michel slept in his seat.  Green fields and valleys were driven through, cities and towns were seen as well as mountain ranges in the distance.    As Harun drove, Turkish music played from a CD.  It was quite relaxing… much relaxing that I dozed off for a while too!

An hour stop was made for lunch in a city called Aksaray situated in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey where hot Turkish soup was eaten once again….where eastern squat toilets were used and where we all stretched and walked for a while in this cozy little rest area along the highway.

Continuing on for more than half an hour, we were still in the province of Aksaray but in a town called Sultanhani.  We were here to visit the Caravanserai of Sultanhani, a fortified structure built in 1229, restored and expanded in 1278 after it was partially destroyed by a fire.   It then became the largest caravanserai in Turkey.  

Interestingly, caravanserais were used as roadside inns where travelers could rest and recover from their day's journey.  Again, all of these facts were given to us by none other than…Daghan, our tour guide!   See, I did listen to him once in a while!  :-)

Looking around, well, it definitely wasn’t any inn in today’s age and time!  This particular abandoned fortress now housed many pigeons that flew all over the place as we wandered around the cold structure which kind of got to you after a while……with its dampness and humidity!   Regardless, we were here to enjoy ourselves and with that in mind….that’s exactly what Michel and I did as we climbed every steps seen, some of which brought us to the top of the fortress!.   

It was 2:00pm when we left…..and it was 3:30pm when we arrived in the city of Konya, our pit stop for the night, which was once the home of the mystic sect of Whirling Dervishes.

Here, we visited the 13th century Mevlana Museum of Whirling Dervishes with its beautiful fluted turquoise dome as well as its school buildings and the tomb of the founder of the sect.   As for the weather, it was still damp, it had rained earlier and the sky was still grey!  A perfect day to be visiting museums!

At 5:00pm we had arrived at our hotel in Konya, the one and only….Dedeman Hotel Konya!

Monique   :-)

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