Monday, April 11, 2011

Trip to Turkey - Part 1

I had a fantastic time in Turkey! It was wonderful to spend time with a great friend and experience a bit of Turkey.

I left Washington, DC Wednesday evening and arrived in Turkey on Thursday evening. I couldn't help taking a photo of the S.Korean flag right next to the Turkish flag in the international terminal at Dulles. Looking forward to the next trip :-)

Friday we took things fairly slowly to allow for a bit of recovery from jet lag. Wendi and I took the boys to a beautiful park that is right next to a large mosque in Adana.

On Saturday, we headed to Cappadocia - definitely one of the most unique and beautiful places in the world.
First stop was the Kaymakli underground city where Christians once fled to flee from Roman persecution.

Next was lunch at Bindalli restaurant near Pigeon valley - stunning views!


Next we checked in to our hotel - the Gamirasu cave hotel.

Then headed out for a bit more sightseeing.

Dinner Saturday evening was a traditional Turkish meal following by a little dancing.

Sunday was a beautiful sunny day. It started with a traditional Turkish breakfast, followed by a walk up to the top of the hotel to see an abandoned church, and then a trip to the Goreme Open Air Museum.

After lunch on Sunday we headed home - a beautiful drive through the mountains.

Part 2 still to come.


A said...

what an interesting landscape! looks like you had an excellent time!

Lisa said...

Those are absolutely BEAUTIFUL pictures!! It makes me want to go!! Glad you had such a great time there!

Niki said...

Amazing pictures! How fun!!

Amy said...

Amazing pictures! I am glad you were able to go and spend some time with a friend. What a great way to help pass the time as you wait for your precious Joshua!

Grace said...

wow, what a beautiful country with so much rich history! sounds like you had a great trip!