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Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia » Göreme December 11th 2013

We went to the open air museum just out side of Göreme. The open air museum is not a museum with ancient artefacts of Turkey it's a lot of cave churches with paintings from all over the country from Sudan and others. We learned a lot about the culture and how hard it was to live in that time. After the museum we went for lunch, the restaurant was one that's in the rock face! We had a really good pottery kabob. We then went for a hike, there were places where I got to run up one side then up the other one. Me and mom played tag with Jill a little bit. We went to an old church school thats not in function any more. We then went and saw a pottery demonstration where ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia » Göreme December 11th 2013

We went on a ballon ride at 6:00am I think it was too early but worth it. They fed us at the office it was like all the other breakfasts. Jill, Elise, Rachel, mom and me where paired with 8 other people and the pilot. Our pilot was hilarious he made jokes, he asked if we had been on a hot air balloon before we said it was are first time and he said it was his too! The view was unbelievably beautiful as the sun rose from the depth of the darkness and shone light to the world! We went through the valley of love and were really close to the ground we then shot up and went 930metres above the ground, we were only feet above the ground when we went over a ridge ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Konya December 11th 2013

We went to a new town. It was a 4 hour drive away. One of the stops we made we saw an old caravan stop, (a caravan stop is where travellers from all over gather and sell their produces). Mom bought me some gloves because I had thought I had lost them. In Konya we stop to see the largest whirling dervish school in Turkey. Not only a school but a grave for the man who got the closet to the god Allah. to be a whirling dervish you must study there for 1001 days. We then went to a wooden Mosque. It was amazing; it had a hole in the middle where they collected snow for water when it melted. After the Mosque, we finally showed up at the family's house we were staying at. ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Canakkale December 9th 2013

We started with a trip to Troy. Troy is the oldest city in Turkey. It was rebuilt 9 times. The first Troy was built with high walls in 3000BC. It's really hard to wrap your brain around it. People were building cities 5000 years ago and figuring out the architecture to build stone walls for protection. The walls of Troy and many of the outlines of its buildings for the era of Helen are still standing. You can stand at the gates or on the thick wall remnants and imagine a thousand ships sailing in to get her back. The afternoon we spent sailing back and forth between Europe and Asia. It's a neat feeling to be in a country that straddles two continents. We went to visit Gallipoli. It has hit home again and again ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya December 8th 2013

Woolly says – The days pass so pleasantly here, sitting on the balcony watching the huge cruise liners arriving in the harbour and all those lucky people getting to sample the wonderful resort of Alanya. Jo and Ian have finished painting the apartment ready for next year’s visitors, I have of course helped by directing operations and telling them where spots have been missed, not that they thank me for this. Woolly is as helpful as a chocolate fire guard and keeping his paws out of the paint has been more of a challenge than actually painting every wall in sight. Having realised that I was still missing my thick waterproof winter coat we took a day off from the emulsion and headed to our friends in the hills behind Mahmultar to rummage through the garage ... read more
Overlooking of the Christmas Market
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Mr and Mrs Claus'

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Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Pamukkale December 7th 2013

Near Pamukkale there is a large, well preserved ancient Roman city. We walked through its streets and Necropolis. The Necropolis is huge since many people came to this city to try to be cured of illnesses by the hot springs. There is rank upon rank of tombs and older style tumulus, where they mounded earth in a circle over top a tomb. There are tombs set on top of tombs. You can see some carvings left, to protect their owners. The city has some of its market preserved, the latrines, a large part of its library, the theatre is in very good shape (could fit 3000), and parts of the Artemis temple although the Apollo lies under water in the calcium hot spring pool due to earth quakes. Walking through the market and sitting on the ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Ephesus December 7th 2013

This was our day to visit Ephesus. This ancient city was rebuilt 4 times due to earthquakes and fire. Ephesus's streets are paved with marble and lined with columns. The library was the third largest in its time. There were bath houses for the rich and poor. The council amphitheatre was bigger then most of our playhouses now, and the amphitheatre for drama and games could hold 24000 people. There is a part of the ruins that are covered and excavated with exacting care. Here the terrace homes display their painted walls with birds and vines, fruit and flowers. The floors are covered in mosaics of increasing complexity. Other rooms have panels of marble split to have mirrored images in stone side be side. The terraced house climb on top of each other as they move ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul December 4th 2013

We arrived in Turkey (Istanbul) on Sunday we met everyone and went for supper at a local restaurant, it was really different food they brought this type of bread with all other appetizers. For supper I had a nice Turkish pizza it had an interesting flavour it had beef, cheese and vegetables. The next day we went and saw the Blue Mosque and the biggest Mosque in Turkey. The Blue Mosque is named by the colour of most of the inside the work put in to it is amazing so much detail yet no paintings of living things because of the religion. After we visited the two mosques we went to the grand bazaar it's a huge market that sells everything from food to highly decorated knives, we went to the Gadventure's partner store where we ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Ankara December 4th 2013

We didn't do much in Ankara we just saw the grave of the first and seconded president of Turkey, we also saw his fancy cars and what they used to move his body to the tome it was a really interesting place. We then went to a city under ground it was started being built in the 7 hundreds. It was AMAZING we only saw 10%and it could fit 3000 people for 6-7 weeks. The city had 8 floors but the first 3 floors are just storage to fool the attackers. We then went to Cappodicia we had supper and went to bed. Good night all. Snake Wangler... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Ankara December 3rd 2013

Hello you lot. I do hope you are all well. So...my time at the farm has come to an end. It wasn't the idle goat prodding I was expecting, instead I have spent the last two weeks building a house. Yes, a house. And not just any old house, no, a Cob house. Cob, for those who don’t know is a very old building material made from a combination of clay mud, straw and a dribble of water. You mash it all up, make it in to big blocks and away you go. Very simples but very very hard work, especially for an office softened chap like me. We started by making it by hand, using our feet to stomp the mix together, this was slow and hard We considered buying a cow to mash it ... read more
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