Mystical Mevlana Museum

Trip Start Oct 20, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Konya Dervish Otel
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Turkey  , Konya,
Sunday, September 16, 2012

We were so happy to wake up and realize that the fantastic breakfasts from Cappadocia had followed us here to Konya as well.  Apparently the full spread is a full-blown Turkish tradition, which according to our badly-outdated 2007 Lonely Planet Turkey guidebook, is part of the reason why Turks are high on the worldwide obesity scales.  (For the record, it's been rare that we've seen obesity here.)

The highlight of the morning was the Mevlana Museum, where the mystic and poet Rumi is buried, among many other notable dervishes.  Inside, though peppered with tourists groups, the museum is still very much a shrine and holy place for local Turks.  We also saw some remnants of Rumi's clothing as well as his literary works.

Afterward we walked about the bazaar and Shaan got an Adana Kabab at a hole-in-the-wall place.  Unfortunately there was nothing for vegetarian Katie to eat so next we popped into a cafe at the top of Alaeddin Hill, where Katie got the ubiquitous cheese 'tost,' ice cream, and cay.

Nearby we also got to explore Alaeddin Mosque (beautiful) and wander through residential streets and alleys (seeing lots of street cats!) before returning to the hotel.

Dinner that night was at Somatchi, #1 restaurant in Konya, 'authentic Ottoman experience.'  En route to the restaurant, we were pleased to discover that Google Maps on our phone was keeping track of our movements, leftover from the hotel wifi.  At one point, the directions led us down a completely dark, dirt path.  We hesitated minimally before walking down it--there was a pedestrian traveling down that path right before us, and others who came down after.  Google Maps shortly caught up with us and we realized we should NOT have gone down the dark dirt path, so we returned to the main road, only to see a mother and child also traveling it.  So it's a legitimate path of some sorts, just not for us! 

Food was decently good at Somatchi, with overly attentive service (the waiter returning to the table to ask Katie why, exactly, she didn't finish all of her soup).  On the walk back, we saw a film crew and many actors shooting something at an abandoned depot, but we couldn't get anybody to understand English and tell us what was being filmed!  Shaan's Turkish is getting decent but not enough to ask that question, so I guess we'll never know.  :)
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