Ankara to Capadocia 17thJuly 2012

Today we spent the morning at Ankara – we visited the Antolian Civilisation Museum of Ankara which was really a museum showing archaeological finds from Turkey. To me, the amazement factor was that all these things had been dug up. Such tiny little statues, jewellery and glassware. Then there were the carvings which we were familiar with seeing in books – from the era of the Hittites looking to my untrained eye like Egyptian carvings.

We then made a very quick trip the Mausoleum of Ataturk – the father of modern Turkey and very much a hero still today. He was the guy in charge of the Turks fighting at Gallipoli – apparently that was the only battle the Turks won – he became a national hero. But he did more – he had a vision for the country of Turkey to change from an Arab nation to a more western. He changed everything – education system, alphabet, dress code, freedoms. He made Turkey a secular state rather than a Muslim country. He was apparently a very well read man, read about 4,000 books in his life, and had 10,000 books in his library. But the thing I found interesting about this is that he wrote notes in the margins of the books as he read sharing his thoughts and reactions. No wonder he was an visionary.
We then headed down toward Cappadocia – in Turkey this is said like Kap-a-doe-key-a. This was a 5 hour drive. On the way we stopped at a salt lake – 65% of Turkey’s salt needs come from this one lake. We stopped and walked out on it and took some fun photos. We were greeted by a barrage of young men insistent on putting a dab of salt on our hands – they then demonstrated how to rub our hands – as if we were washing our hands, then they led us to a hand basin and had us wash our hands in warm water. Our hands felt wonderful! They had lots of salt health and beauty products there – we succumbed to the hand, feet and body wash.

A bit further down the track we stopped at a caravansary – as I explained it to Daniel – like a caravan park for the camel trains that the merchants used on the old Silk Road. There were two parts – a summer and a winter part. Either way the animals and merchants slept together. In the middle was a special room up high for the Sultan should he ever travel on this road.

Then in Cappadocia. Amazing. But more about that tomorrow…..

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3 thoughts on “Ankara to Capadocia 17thJuly 2012

  1. Following on from your comment that these things have been ‘dug up’, I always wonder how they got buried in the first place!! Hmm and like Jessica’s comment above – those soldiers standing still for 2 hours – maybe they could market their secret – I know a few folk who would buy!!! Belinda my apologies if this comment appears twice – having trouble loading it!! LOL

  2. Yes, I’ve always wondered about layers of one town being built on each other too. We were told that one group moved into an area and established a village etc… but then something would happen and they would move on – earthquakes and other destructions would leave their village in ruins (probably why they moved on) and then many years later another group would move into the area and choose the same building spot – probably for the same reasons the first group chose that as a building site… they would build their village etc live there for a long time and then something would happen and the cycle continues! in theory I can see how this happens – but in reality I don’t know…. a whole village!! I we haven’t experienced that type of destruction and many many many years of weather etc.

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