From Ankara to Cappadocia

Göreme (Turkey), 28.04.2013

Sitting on a terrace, waiting for our kebabs, drinking a Efes Pilsen, we’re thinking about how to start this post. There is so much to tell from this great day… Let’s go by chronological order.

We woke up in the stylish, modern Divan hotel, knowing it would be the last of its kind for a while, and took to the street for some non-hotel breakfast. Our Turkish breakfast included cheeses, olives, tomato and cucumber, but also honey and jam, tahin, sausage, omelette. A good start for a day on the road. Before taking off we changed the packing order of the car, putting more and more things on the roof and inaugurating the cover we got made in Istanbul.

Our first stop was the second mausoleum on our trip. This time of a president though, not a dictator. To enter Atatürk’s mausoleum we needed to pass security checks and there are smart young guys with dark sunglasses, dark blue suits, short hair and walkie talkie all over the place. The complex has a very monumental style, reminding us of the EUR in Rome or the communist monuments in East Berlin. We were also astonished to see the glorification of the Turkish army, its role in WWI and the Turkish independence war, and Atatürk’s personal cult. In Tito’s mausoleum this was clearly a matter of the past. Here it felt like something quite present. The quota of women in veils was definitely under average in the complex.

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After almost 2h of Supreme Commander overdose we visited our first museum on the trip, the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation, right next to the Citadel we saw yesterday. Although only 2 of the 5 halls are currently open, the museum’s buildings and garden are beautiful. We saw some artifacts from Hittite, Greek and Roman times. Many cultures have left their traces here. Something not too frequently visible in this vast country.

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DSC_0034 DSC_0033After a morning of tourism, we got us two döner to go and left for the motorway. With stuff on the roof, we drove quite slow. South of Ankara we drove along a salt lake for quite some time. We left the motorway before reaching an impressive mountain range. And after an hour through hilly countryside we finally reached Göreme, in Cappadocia. Video to be uploaded ASAP. It is a stunning landscape, suddenly a valley opened up in front of us and down there opened p a whole village in a valley dotted with phallic rocks. The houses and hotels are all very beautifully designed, in white stone adopting to the countryside.

DSC_0081DSC_0087We booked our balloon ride for the early morning and went for dinner. And now it’s time to go to bed because the pick up is at 0500.


Videos and more pics will be updated ASAP.

Trip data (Day/Total)

– Km driven: 325/6.013

– Hrs driving: 4/-

– Diesel l/100km: 9,0/10,3 (TL 3,79/€1,61 per liter)

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