What do the think the chances are of Dale agreeing to come to Turkey with me next year? I am so in love with this country. The only thing missing is Dale.
It’s almost 8:00 a.m. Monday morning in Kusadasi, Turkey; that’s 10:00 p.m. Sunday night in Lewiston. I got almost six hours of sleep last night. What a gift! I am looking out at the Aegean Sea from Marie’s and my hotel room.
The view from our room’s terrace last night at sunset
We had a nice dinner at the outdoor cafe before turning in
Our tour van will pick us up at 8:30 a.m. and we will go through some of the ruins of the city of Ephesus, the house of Mary and other sites in the area. Hoping to find my mama something really special from Ephesus. By the way – HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MAMA AND DAD!
The last few days have been like a dream. To be in this ancient place, walking down the same dusty roads that people thousands of years ago used is indescribable.
We spent the night in a “Cave” Hotel in Goreme’, Turkey. The Cappadocia Region ( by the way, I used to pronounce this “capp-a-dosha”, but because I now pronounce all things the Turkish way, I pronounce it “capp-a-doka”) is almost fairy-tale like. My pictures really do not do this area justice, so if you are interested in seeing more, I encourage you to search out some information on the web – you’ll get a better feel for it.
Cappedocia (capp-a-doka!) Archaeologists and geologists must go crazy in this area. The natural landscape is so unusual – early Christians took advantage of this by building houses and churches in the rock formations – it was a place to hide from their enemies
Our “CAVE” hotel and the views from it
Everywhere we go, in little villages and large cities, men sit outside at small tables, drinking tea, watching people, smoking. All day. Doesn’t anybody work? It is early morning here, so this is to give you an idea of what I mean. (I don’t feel comfortable taking pictures of the men: “SMILE!” so waited for a time when they weren’t there.
Very common site everywhere we go
There is so much more to write about and pictures to show, but our tour bus is almost here. I promise when we get back to Istanbul that I will do a better job. I will close with a couple of pictures of Pamukkale – translated “Cotton Castles.” Pure white terraces naturally formed from hot springs – the flowing water has minerals in it that form layers of rock and are bleached by the sun – another breathtaking site♥
Oh – real quick – toured an ancient city called Hieropolis; massive ruins and graveyards
I can’t take the time to proof-read this so hoping it isn’t too convoluted! Until next time:
“Tanrı sizi korusun ve harika bir gün var”♥