Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Anatolian towns of Tokat and Sivas, and the surprise wedding.

The town of Tokat is still in the mountains and has some very interesting relics. It’s simply amazing to think of the centuries that these areas have been occupied by humans, dating back thousands of years before the Christian era. … Continue reading

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The Riverside Town of Amasya

We rolled into the mountain town of Amasya after the political capital of Ankara, and what a change of scenery and mood. This is a happy little town on a river, with quaint wooden houses hugging the shoreline. In some … Continue reading

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Political Discussions in Ankara

Ankara is the capital of Turkey, and it is home to many foreign diplomats and embassies. From our Hilton Hotel, the Iranian embassy was just a block down the street. Part of the reason Turkey plays such a key role … Continue reading

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Over the mountains and through the fog….

We left Istanbul early in the morning for the long drive to Ankara. On the way we made two stops – first at a motorway rest stop which had an amazing indoor market, and the second was in the town … Continue reading

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The beautiful lakeside town of Iznik

Iznik (Nicea) is a small town that was founded in 4BC on a large lake. In addition to holding Christian ecumenical councils in 325 and 787, there is a tradition of tile making. 16th century Iznik tiles have many similarities … Continue reading

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The Mosques and Markets of Bursa

We spent the day today exploring the city of Bursa further, both in terms of the mosques and the markets. It was a nice blend of guided tours and time to explore on our own. Bursa has traditionally been an … Continue reading

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The Ancient City of Troy

After leaving Canakkale and the WWI memorials, we drove the next day to the ancient city of Troy. This town is famous for its place in the Trojan War, where legend has it that a giant wooden horse filled with … Continue reading

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On the road to Canakkale

We left very early this morning for the drive to Canakkale by way of Edirne, which is quite close to the Bulgarian and Greek borders on the European side of Turkey. On the way, we stopped at the Sultan Bayazid … Continue reading

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Christian and Jewish History in Istanbul

Today we went to the Dolmabehce Palace in the morning. It is an extremely large building built after Versailles in France. The chandelier in the main room weighs over 4 tons and is suspended from the domed ceiling. The sultan … Continue reading

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Which came first, the Turkey or the egg?

We were told today that according to unconfirmed sources, the bird was named after the country. During the Revolutionary War, Turks came to America to support the fight against the ┬áBritish, and as a reward, Americans named the big bird … Continue reading

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