Just another manic Monday

This entry is part 1 of 15 in the series Silk, Sultans and Impulses - Turkey 2012

It’s really been a manic 2012 so far. I seem to have a perpetual growing To Do list. I flick-flack between available media to maintain this ever-moving target. The iPad makes the list look more structured and professional, but has little to no effect on the daunting appearance of it. At times, I revert back…

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Then I’ll try something new..

This entry is part 2 of 15 in the series Silk, Sultans and Impulses - Turkey 2012

People must really wonder about the level of sanity of South Africans. For once I did very little at planning every fine detail of this trip. In fact, I’m forcing myself to just take things as they come. Admittedly, this is not the easiest thing for me. And so the one thing that really concerned…

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Tradition…

This entry is part 3 of 15 in the series Silk, Sultans and Impulses - Turkey 2012

3 March 2012 So finally the real tour begins. For Capetonians, the routine is rather fierce. Wake-up call at 06h30. Suitcases have to be outside your door by 07h15. Breakfast starts at 07h00. And the bus departs at 08h00. Those of you who know Niel (and myself, lately), will understand just how challenging this is!…

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You can breathe in clear blue water…

This entry is part 6 of 15 in the series Silk, Sultans and Impulses - Turkey 2012

6 March 2012 The Imam wakes me with his morning prayer. We were told that the Muslims believe that the end of the world will happen somewhere between sunrise and sunset, so the sunrise prayer is the longest prayer, trying to put off the day for as long as possible. Likewise, the sunset prayer is…

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It’s so quiet in the ruins

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series Silk, Sultans and Impulses - Turkey 2012

7 March 2012 We’re all a bit slow this morning. But I can also sense that some of the ladies are keen to get going. We have some shopping in stall, after all. Our first stop is a leather factory. These Turks are good businessmen, I have to say. They manufacture leather clothing for some…

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Have you seen the old girl…

This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series Silk, Sultans and Impulses - Turkey 2012

8th March 2012 We are on the move again. Our first stop is the ancient of Aspendos. The theatre of Aspendos is the best preserved Roman amphitheater, and still houses some concerts today. But first we stop at a portion of the aqueduct that was built around  AD100. We are told that the theatre and…

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Round and around we go…

This entry is part 9 of 15 in the series Silk, Sultans and Impulses - Turkey 2012

9th March 2012 A word of advice to prospective hotel builders – please ensure that there are sufficient lifts. We didn’t really like Konya. Not that we saw much of it, but the hotel was enough to put us off. I actually felt like I was in some blingy place like Dubai. The worst frustrations…

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Up, Up and Away…

This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series Silk, Sultans and Impulses - Turkey 2012

10th March 2012 A small bus picks a few of us up at 05h40 to take as to Göreme. Let me first explain about Cappadocia. It really is a region in the Nevsehir Province, with the most fascinating landscapes. Vulcanic eruptions that happened about 9 to 3 million years ago, caused various layers of sedimentary…

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Baby, it’s cold outside

This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series Silk, Sultans and Impulses - Turkey 2012

11th March 2012 Today we leave for Ankara, the capital of Turkiye. The country’s capital was moved to Ankara in the 1920’s by Ataturk. Just before we leave Cappadocia, we stop at a ceramic factory. It’s great to suddenly see how some of the pottery items that you find at all the stalls, are made. …

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He’s King Midas in reverse…

This entry is part 12 of 15 in the series Silk, Sultans and Impulses - Turkey 2012

12 March 2012 It snowed a little overnight. We remain hopeful to actually witness some snowfall. We depart a little earlier this morning to miss the peak hour Monday morning traffic in Ankara. Today is the longest stretch of road that we have to cover. We are going to Bursa. I guess it goes without…

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Izika Zumba Zumba Zumba

This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series Silk, Sultans and Impulses - Turkey 2012

13 March 2012 We are heading back to Istanbul. This means that our tour is almost over. Humph. The drive is not very far, and includes a short ferry ride that prevents us from having to make a rather long detour around the bay just below Istanbul. During our time here, people have often mentioned…

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For I must be travelling on, now…

For I must be travelling on, now…
This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series Silk, Sultans and Impulses - Turkey 2012

Time to go home. Fortunately we still have the morning free for some last minute shopping, so we risk our lives yet again by getting a taxi to the Taksim area.  It’s half past nine, and already the streets are buzzing. Don’t these people ever sleep? I could bore you with some shopping trivia, but…

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