Turkey Unplugged – Day Ten

I spent my last day in Turkey (04 Nov 2013) in Taksim Gezi Park writing in my journal, and observing the comings and goings of the people who live in Istanbul.  I used those last few hours to sum up my experience of Turkey.  I wrote, “I noticed that the hotels in Turkey don’t have those signs … Continue reading

Turkey Unplugged – Day Nine

Amazingly, the morning after our farewell party, I was not paralytic.  Trish commented that if she had drunk as much raki as I had, she would be “laid out”.  The bus seemed empty without Claudia and Telli.  I wrote in my journal, “Sun. 3 Nov 2013 – We are on the bus for the long … Continue reading

Turkey Unplugged – Day Eight

Saturday, 2 November 2013 – The couple that was on their honeymoon had left us, so now our small group was only seven people and for about half of them, Cappadocia was the reason they chose the Turkey Unplugged tour. The other-worldly landscape is seen in the early morning light from a huge basket dangling … Continue reading

Turkey Unplugged – Day Seven

Friday, 1 November 2013 – En route to Cappadocia we visited Mevlana Museum in Konya.  According to Lonely Planet, “the main reason to come to Konya is to visit the Mevlâna Museum, the former lodge of the whirling dervishes”.  Followers of Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, known simply as Rumi in English, formed the Mevlevi order … Continue reading

Turkey Unplugged – Day Six

Today, Thursday the 31st of October 2013, we left behind the Aegean Sea and ventured inland to a part of Turkey where the natural formations have a surreal aspect.  We visited Pamukkale where the calcium-rich, thermal springs have created snow-white ledges. Naturally, the Romans turned this into a spa town (Hierapolis) and there are ruins of … Continue reading

Turkey Unplugged – Day Five

Today we visited the ruins of Ephesus, a Roman city. Our guide, Huseyin, told us that there are more Greek ruins in Turkey than in Greece, and more Roman ruins than in Italy. It would have been easy to become a little overawed by the extent of historical sites but Huseyin kept it interesting by … Continue reading

Turkey Unplugged – Day Four

Today was an even earlier start than yesterday.  We began by going to nearby Troy.  Huseyin told us how a German archaeologist destroyed the Troy of Homer’s Iliad because he believed it would be found in the lower layers of the site but, in fact, it was much nearer to the top.  There is a … Continue reading

Turkey Unplugged – Day Three

Day Three We had an early start so that we could get to Gallipoli by mid-day.  I had thought this would be the least interesting part of the tour for me but I was moved that these young people honoured the memories of their great grandfathers, who fought and died here.  There was a marker … Continue reading

Turkey Unplugged – Day Two

 Day Two Breakfast was included at all of the hotels on the tour and was, more or less, the same at all of them.  The breakfasts were all buffet style with eggs, meat, cheese, olives, and bread.  Yes, I wrote ‘olives for breakfast’.  Although I ate olives every day when I lived in Spain, I … Continue reading

Turkey Unplugged – the Flight and Day One

For those of you who don’t know me, I am Andrea Brandle, a Canadian living in Singapore.  I have travelled to and lived in North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe but I had never been to Turkey.  Fathiah at Flight Centre Singapore made the arrangements with Turkish Airlines and On the Go Tours … Continue reading