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.
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 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.
Simply astonishing for me was this ‘letter’ in an envelope, made of clay! Feel sorry for the postmen of 9000 years ago!
Afterwards we visited the mausoleum of Ataturk, founder and first president of modern Turkey.
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.
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…