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Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia September 20th 2008

WOW! What a magical place! Cappadocia is UNIQUE, unlike no other place, with its magnificent landscape reveling the curious cones, pyramids, mushrooms and hats of the fairy chimneys. No doubt one have to be here to marvel the place's wonders completely. Pictures fragment the whole scenario and in Cappadocia you are surrounded with 360 degrees of natual beauty. I never had so much trouble selecting pictures for a blog... I took hundreds but they still can't traslate the beauty of the place I experienced. That's it... you need to experience it and a still picture doesn't capture the feeling. GOREME VILLAGE: The town casted a spell on me immediately. It's fairytale like, with the fairy chimneys, ancient pigeon house, the stone walls, the tortuous cobblestone streets winding up and down the hills, flower pots made out ... read more
Ceiling of Cave church
Cappadocia landscape
Hiked to the top

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean September 13th 2008

IZMIR We did just a quick business stop in Izmir. Just a big city, nothing really special. The highlight was actually staying at a posh hotel with breakfast on the 37th floor, overlooking the Aegean Sea, while trying 11 types of cheese (out of 13!). I also got to try honey with the hive and all, which is common for breakfast, besides more yummy olives and dried fruit. My taste buds loved the experience but my stomach had to handle the bad consequences, probably from all the chesses. Being largely Muslin, the Turks don’t eat or touch pork, but at the Hilton, bacon was on the menu, for 9 Euros. You'd have to be a bacon-lover-rich-foreigner to order it… ESKI FOCA (Old Foca) We took a 2 hour bus ridefrom Izmir to the small coastal fishing ... read more
Foca Harbour
Fresh Veggies sold on streets
Over a Turkish Breakfast...

Middle East » Turkey September 11th 2008

Istanbul has been named Augusta Antonina and Constantinople, and nicknamed the Paris of the East during the glory days of the Ottoman Empire. Today, I witness a metropolis still reflecting the beauty of the past with added touches of today, as it continues to modernize. I started the second day very early in the morning, while most were still asleep. That’s a wonderful time to wander the quiet streets of any place and get a glimpse of its world without vendors, visitors, traffic. A few locals were starting the day pass by me: kids going to school, old ladies opening windows, cats stretching on top of walls. I window-shopped, admiring the beautiful Turkish carpets, ceramic, hats, and souveniers, without being pushed to buy anything. By 7:30am I thought of visiting the Blue Mosque before the ... read more
Turkish Coffee
Traditional dancer
Turkish Delight

Middle East » Turkey September 11th 2008

The uneasy feeling about Turkey generated by the movie “Midnight Express” has long been replaced about great curiosity about the country. While hopping around the Greek Islands years ago, many were the tourists telling me: “If you like Greece, you will love Turkey”. Surprised, I’d exclaim an astonished “Really!?", followed by a curious “Why?”, to hear answers like: “The people are friendly, the food is delicious, traveling and shopping is a bargain”. Turkey than became my dream destinatıon even though it's no longer a bargain destination. My curiosity about the Turkish culture has endured time. The world political climate after September 11 made me abandon the idea to venture into any Muslim country for a while. But since the world “climate” has improved and my reasons to go places are purely cultural, I refuse to let ... read more
Aya Sohia
Pretty teen face
Blue Mosque and Me

Asia » India » Rajasthan July 30th 2008

LAST LEG OF OUR INDIAN TRIP: How to get back to Dehli from Rishkeshi, for the flight out of India? Train would get us there either too early or too late; there were no tourist buses at this time of the year, and we were determined not to get into another public bus, ever again; taxi was too expensive, but appeared the best option. As we careful weigh our opinions, I got a message sent from a God (later I decided it was probably from Shiva, the God of destruction). The owner of the tour company we hired for the Golden Triangle trip, with Raju, the nightmare driver, was offering us a free ride to the airport in one of his cars, which happened to be in Rishkeshi. He had previously promised to make up for ... read more
Our car with broken side mirror & wind shield
Guru I prayed to protect us.
Our broken car & Amanda

Asia » India July 22nd 2008

HARIDWAR What a nice surprise this holy city by the Ganges was! Spiritually, it's more significant to Hindus than Rishikesh. It's one of the 7 sacred Indian cities, attracting a multitude of pilgrims and shadus to bathe and do "pujas" where the Gange River emerges from the Himalaya. Haridwar has the frantic confusion of the Indian cities, but in a much smaller scale. A huge plus was the fact that we were left alone, without pushy vendors or touts. The crowd was more interested on their pujas than on us. We hired a cycle-rickshaw for 3 hours (just little over one dollar) to visit the city. Kids waved to us and some hang from our cycle-riskshaw for a free ride. Friendly people all around. Har-ki-Pairi Ghat was an amazing site to witness Hindu rituals. It is ... read more
Har-ki-Pairi Ghat
Bathing on the Ganges
Priest in tiny blessing "temple"

Asia » India » Uttarakhand » Rishikesh July 20th 2008

LEAVING McLEOD WARNING: Do NOT take the train ride from McLeod to Rishikesh. It's hell! We were told 11.5 hours; it took 24 hours in stinking crowded bus and train. The train station is too far from McLeod, particularly since the bus driver stops too often. The bus ticket was much cheaper, but we were told: "the train is so much more comfortable"! So, we bought an "AC/sleeper ticket"..., or so we thought! The train station is in Pathankot and how to get there was a matter of "math": 90 Rupees for bus versus 1,500 Rupees for a taxi. The bus seems the logic choice, right? WRONG!! We know that because we decided to leave raining McLeod on a freaking public bus, the dirtiest we had gotten here in India, again packed way beyond capacity and ... read more
Paid for air-conditioner, got these non-working fans:
Sniffing bubble gum to buffer the bad smell
Migrating family in the bus

Asia » India July 16th 2008

QUICK STOP IN NAAGAR Loving the scenery and peace of the Parvati Valley (minus the Israeli crowd), we decided to go to the town of Naagar on the Kullu Valley. Another great breakfast at Moon dance Cafe taking in the mountain views, followed by another rollercoaster bus ride on the super narrow roads, with the squeeky brakes, the blind curves and the old bus packed beyond capacity. I sat by an interesting local man caring a basket full of fresh roses. He shared that he picks the flowers from his garden every morning, filling the basket which he drops at a road side Hindu "temple" (it's actually just a tree with red and golden cloth and ribbons around it: see picture) on the way to work. And so it happened: the driver stopped, he handed the ... read more
During a "kora" with a friendly Tibetan old lady
Protest against the Chinese and the Olympic games on the streets...
Monks and colorful croks

Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Parvati Valley July 10th 2008

Before you read on, could I please ask you to send me a message or comment letting me know how you found this blog? If you like it, recommend it. Thanks During the steaming times at the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur), we dreamed of the cool hills up north, particularly of a small village called KASOL. I had heard it was home of the best guesthouses and some of the cleanest restaurants in India. No second thought, we put it on the itinerary. At 7:45 am, backpacks on, we walked down the steep of hills of Shimla to catch the ''luxury' tourist bus. After some minutes, we were very lucky that an Australian traveller took the time to come down the road and let us know that our bus had been cancelled, and the substitute ... read more
Suspended bridges link villages in the Parvati and Kullu vallleys
The great team of 2 in Kasol
blind turns

Asia » India July 4th 2008

We arrived at the town encrusted on hills filled with pine trees, set at 6000ft, at 6:30am, on a very nice overnight bus from Delhi. We tested our physical endurance, without much of a choice, by climbing the VERY steep narrow paths and steps up to the town, in search of a good guesthouse. Going up and down, pointed in wrong directions, packpacks now weighting a ton, we finally gave up looking for a "quiet' place recommended by the LP when a vicious Brazen monkey threw a small rock at us. I am telling the truth. Huffing and pussing we said enough and went back to check in at the bad Danziel Hotel. No way it's a mid-range. Overpriced ($12... yeap, that's overpriced here), bad bathroom, cold. The only nice thing was the beautiful view. we ... read more
Amanda puffing her way...
On top on the misty hill
at temple entrance

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