Travels in Turkey 2012

(Last Updated On: November 29, 2020)

We had a wonderful trip and I am slowly working through my photos. As I do so, they will be posted here. Follow the links to begin exploring with me!

Itinerary for spring in Turkey

Day 1: April 13

A First Glimpse of Istanbul

At the airport we pile into the bus, still mostly strangers and groggy from our trip – but from the bus window I can see that I will like it here.

The leaping dolphin greeting we receive simply re-enforces that impression.


Waiting at the Golden Horn Sultanahmet

t takes forever to get into our room at the Golden Horn Sultanahmet as they don’t have quite enough rooms ready when our group arrives. While a shower would be really nice after a trans-Atlantic flight, the lobby is beautiful and the views from the top-floor terrace restaurant are fabulous!

If one has to wait, this is a good place to do it.

The Hippodrome

Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia)

Sultan Ahmet Camii (the Blue Mosque)

Back to the View from the Terrace

Hagia Sophia is to the left. . .

Night in the City

Day 2: April 14 Istanbul

Topkapi Palace

The Harem

Istanbul’s Archeological Museums

Kapalı Çarşı (The Grand Bazaar)

A Random Pastry Shop

Sweets are very popular in Turkey – and very beautiful.


(April 15, 2012)

(April 16, 2012)

(April 17, 2012)

(April 18, 2012)


Daily Snapshots

Day 3 – Istanbul and Around

Chora, Orthodox Easter, Bosporus cruise, spice market, Rustem Pasha Mosque, Taksim

Day 4 – South Along the Coast: Gallipoli, Troy & Assos

Day 5 – Along the Coast: Assos (Behramkale), Temple of Athena, Pergamon, Asklepion

Day 6 –Ephesus and Around: Church of St. John, house of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus, Temple of Artemis, Ephesus museum

Day 7 – From Turkey to Greece

Day 8 – Touring Samos

Day 9 – Leaving Samos

Day 10 – Hierapolis and Pamukkale

Day 11 – Central Anatolia: Along the road, Konya

Day 12 – Central Anatolia: On the road, Capadoccia (Goreme), carpet shopping

Day 13 – Cappadoccia: Ballooning, exploring underground cities, gawking at Uchisar village, creating and shopping for pottery, absorbing the surreal scenery, waiting to watch the dervishes whirl

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Pomegranate Juice, Anyone?

Where do they teach you these lines?

One thing you absolutely can’t escape when you are in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is the insistent calling of salesmen. It is an endless stream of “Hey, beautiful!” “Lovely lady, this [scarf, necklace, plate, etc.] is almost as beautiful as you are.” and on and on and on.

My favorite went something like this:

  • Salesman (mostly directed to my blond friend): “Ah, you are so beautiful. One look into your eyes and I know I am dead.”
  • My friend and I: “You’re dead?”
  • Salesman: “You are an angel and angels are only in heaven, so I must be dead.”
  • Me: “Do you all go to a special school where they teach you these lines?”
  • Salesman (without missing a beat): “Sometimes they work.”


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