Wonders of Turkey – Part 2

So as promised, let me continue with my incredible tour of Turkey.

The following day we were lucky enough to go on an incredible cruise of the mighty Bosphorus. This is the strait that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia. As you know Turkey is the only country in the world that sits on two continents and it isn’t more evident that from the Bosphorus where you can see both sides clearly.

Istanbul from the Bosphorus

Istanbul from the Bosphorus

Mosque

Mosque

Great views from our cruise on the Bosphorus

Great views from our cruise on the Bosphorus

Asia on the left Europe on the right

Asia on the left Europe on the right

Istanbul

Istanbul

The famous Galata Tower

The famous Galata Tower

Galata Tower from the Bosphorus

Galata Tower from the Bosphorus

We then headed to the more modern capital city of Ankara. It’s evident immediately that we have left the old town of Istanbul when you see all the high rises of Ankara.

The capital city of Ankara

The capital city of Ankara

The highlight of a visit to Ankara is the incredible Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. The history is incredible as you cannot believe how far back the history of Turkey goes.

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9000 year old jewelry!

9000 year old jewelry!

Statue of King Mutallu (1200 - 700BC)

Statue of King Mutallu (1200 – 700BC)

Wayne with the King, it's how I roll!

Wayne with the King, it’s how I roll!

The first form of Art - decorated bowls 9000 years old!

The first form of Art – decorated bowls 9000 years old!

Simply astonishing for me was this ‘letter’ in an envelope, made of clay! Feel sorry for the postmen of 9000 years ago!

Letter in an envelope, in clay!

Letter in an envelope, in clay!

More 'letters'

More ‘letters’

Afterwards we visited the mausoleum of Ataturk, founder and first president of modern Turkey.

Mausoleum of Ataturk

Mausoleum of Ataturk

Incredible views over Ankara

Incredible views over Ankara

And later that evening we got to witness the performance by the Whirling Dervishes. These are men who have devoted their lives to focusing on the universal values of love and service, deserting the illusions of ego. It is not a performance in the traditional sense and clapping or noise of any kind is forbidden. To become a Whirling Dervish it is said that these men have to fast (as in the Muslim faith) for three years!

Watching them is both mesmerizing and enlightening.

Whirling Dervishes

Whirling Dervishes

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I hope you enjoyed part 2 and a photo heavy post of my tour of Turkey.

Join me next time for the trip towards the interior of Turkey and the alien landscape there.

“To Travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries” – Aldous Huxley

Cheers, till next time…

Wayne

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2 Responses to Wonders of Turkey – Part 2

  1. Dalene van Wyk says:

    Looooovvveeee your Blog Wayne !!!

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