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Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia September 3rd 2020

Cappadocia has been on our bucket list for a long time but a lot of people have told me they have no clue what or where it is. So, here is a bit of a backgrounder:Thousands of years ago, people carved a tunnel and chamber complex into the soft rock and in the 4thcentury, an underground urbanisation was created in central Turkey. The landscape is a honeycomb of man made caves, places to live, work, and worship. Entire towns were formed by tunnel complexes. Here is a lengthy video of our visit to Cappadocia We climbed through tunnels in underground cities... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia March 4th 2020

3rd/4th Feb 2020 Goreme, Cappadocia The Green Tour! There are three tours you can do at any one of the hundred tour agencies in the little town of Goreme. Red, Green and Blue. We opted for green and today we travelled around 250 kms to visit some spectacular sights. The Derinkuyu underground city: These cave cities were originally excavated around 1700 BC, and are as deep as 85m! That's almost 4000 years old! They believe they were built to withstand attacks rather than be permanent dwellings, but they contained all of the usual rooms found in a normal city - stables, storage rooms, kitchens, wineries, studies and churches. The extensive network of passages and tunnels and inclined corridors linked family rooms and communal spaces where people would meet, work and worship. Corridors could be quickly blocked ... read more
Goreme, Cappadocia
Goreme, Cappadocia
Goreme, Cappadocia

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia March 2nd 2020

28th/29th Feb 2020 Antalya As planned, we just took it easy this past two days, catching up on laundry, sleep and walking miles and miles around the city and the old town. This is a really pretty town with a really positive vibe, and it has real Melbourne weather - raining one minute, sunshine the next. We are heading for Cappadocia tomorrow morning on the 7.30am Kamil Koc bus. I'm not sure what made me look for the bus route online, but I did. The bus on this route only leaves twice a day, every day. For some reason, I can't see the bus we are travelling on. It's showing a shedule for the night bus but not the morning bus...... our bus. Perhaps its booked up now. Perhaps its not a real bus. Perhaps I'm ... read more
Cappadocia
Cappadocia
Goreme

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Antalya February 27th 2020

25 Feb 2020 Pamukkale Today turned out to be one of my favourites.This morning we drove out to the last of the ruins at Laodecia, another ancient biblical city mentioned in Revelations, and the last use of the infamous Museum Pass! Each site we've visited has had its own unique highlight. Today, we are at a live excavation site, and the team are reconstructing the western Theatre. It is facsinating to watch the sand blasting of pillars, meticulously measured so that each piece perfectly fits the next. This site is going to be absolutely incredible in years to come. It covers 5 hectares! Shane says: Museum card totals: Up 120 lira. There you go Sharls, well worth the museum card. Sharls says: There's a little spot that has piqued my interst around 40kms away called Kaklik ... read more
Laodecia
Laodecia
Kaklik Cave

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Pamukkale February 24th 2020

23 Feb 2020 Sirince We decided to catch the town bus to the little town of Sirince today. Its a little piece of heaven about 8 kms away. Being a Sunday, this small Greek village, surrounded by thousands of Olive trees, is expected to be a little busy with weekend visitors. I'm not sure if it is always bazarre like, but it is today, and we're browsing through the produce on offer, including the wine tastings, which are at almost every 5th shop. Now I've heard a little bit about the differnet types of milk that are ingested in this part of the world, and of their medicinal qualities, but I'm a little surprised that horse and donkey milk are a thing! Donkey milk is apparently very similar to human milk so is very nutritious for ... read more
Pamukkale
Pamukkale
Pamukkale

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk February 22nd 2020

21 Feb 2020 Izmir - Selçuk Today we caught the train to Selcuk and we're staying at St John Hotel for the next three nights. The dude at the front desk hasn't made a great impression, and neither has the damp smell in the room. There are about ten things on the list to do here over the next two days and I'm wondering if we're going to fit them all in. We arrived at around 2 and had a delicious bowl of lentil soup for lunch. The restaurant is owned by a lovely couple. The dishes are made for the day and you basically choose what you want from whatever is cooked on the day. I did notice on the board out front that they serve Moussaka. I asked the owner if they have it ... read more
Selçuk
Selçuk
Selçuk

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Izmir » Konak February 20th 2020

17.02.20 Ayvalik- Izmir So its so long Ayvalik! We had another weird dining experience last night at Mira Steak house. Another one of those "Oh, come and have a look at the cabinet....it will be like a live menu!", nights. T-bone steak for Shane and a turkish kebab for moi. He also brings us a "spoonful of everything" from the Mezze cabinet and a little something extra "on the house". Apparently it is raw meat with spices and red rice all minced together. And it's delicious! There is so much food we are clearly not going to be able to eat our main meals! I have a rule usually, that we dont eat anything that looks a bit dubious the night before a travel day, because on the odd occasion it has all gone to shit, ... read more
Pergamon
Pergamon
Pergamon

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Ayvalik February 16th 2020

13 Feb 2020 Çanakkle Its a beautiful sun shiney day here today, so we took a trip out to the ancient city of Troy, about 35kms from here. Its quite astounding that there have been nine cities built one on top of the other over the last 3500 years! We pretty much have the site to ourselves too which is one of the benefits of travelling here in the off season. We took some left over bread with us to feed the puppies and dogs as well. The Gallipoli guide did it a couple of days ago too, so we thought why not! TheTurkish government has a special program for stray dogs. The stray dogs have an identification tag on their ear which means they have already been picked and brought to the local shelter for ... read more
Troy
Troy
Çanakkle

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Canakkale February 12th 2020

10 Feb 2020 Istanbul - last day Just an easy day wandering around the city before we head off tomorrow for Çanakkle. Erol, one of the owners of our accommodation, gave me a beautiful bunch of flowers this morning. That is two gifts of flowers in 4 weeks. I AM flower worthy!!!! Knackers was super excited about the exchange rate at the Grand Bazaar this morning! We took a wander to who knows where after that. We were supposed to be heading for the Spice market. Its amazing where you end up with shortcut Shane at the helm, and often we see some really intersting things. After ending up outside Laleli mosque, a looooong way from the Spice market, we came across some ancient ruins and roman columns dating back to, well, who knows when. I ... read more
Sűleymaniye mosque
Sűleymaniye mosque
Istanbul

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sultanahmet February 9th 2020

07 Feb 2020 Istanbul As often happens, our easy, unplanned days often turn in to some of the busiest. After walking through the long, winding park at the back of the Topkapi Palace, we found ourselves by the banks of the Bosphorous Strait, overlooking the Asia side of Turkey. Those of you watching the new series, Ottoman, will know exactly where that is, and what it means to Turkey. We walked over the Galata bridge, which crosses the Golden Horn. Shane has had quite alot to say about the Golden Horn over the last few days. I have been ignoring him!Finally....I found someone selling Gozleme! Apparently it is only a summer food here so my dream of consuming most of my calories eating the stuff will die here also. Shane is making up for it eating ... read more
Istanbul
Istanbul




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