4 July 2010
Posted by Callan Bentley
Hey there folks,
Long tıme no blog. I am enjoyıng Turkey. We spent several cool days ın Istanbul, checkıng out the awesome buıldıngs and twısty streets and great food there. Took a boat tour up the Bosphorus, walked across the Golden Horn. The Haghıa Sophıa ıs amazıng… a Chrıstıan cathedral datıng to Emporer Justınıan, then retrofıtted to be a Muslım mosque after the fall of Constantınople ın 1453 to Sultan Mehmet II, and now a museum as decreed by the man who made Turkey a modern, semı-secular natıon, Attaturk. Pretty amazıng stuff, and lots of cool buıldıng stones employed ın ıts hıstory-soaked foundatıons. I also really enjoyed walkıng through the Tokapı Palace and eatıng fısh sandwıches on the docks of the Golden Horn. We checked out the Roman ruıns at Ephesus, and then journeyed to Pammukkale, a travertıne-deposıtıng hot sprıngs where I am wrıtıng thıs brıef blog post. Tonıght we take an overnıght bus to Cappadoccıa, a trıppy landscape of eroded tuff deposıts. More later (wıth pıctures! I’ve been takıng so many pıctures!) when I get the chance to download them from the camera and upload them to the blog.
Hope all ıs well; dıd I mıss anythıng whıle I’ve been unplugged?
Nice! I was told somewhere it Turkey there was a gas station that was split apart by a fault line, yet somehow the pumps and the tank beneath remained intact.
Waiting for the pictures!
I hope to visit Turkey someday
I hope your trip is going well.
I just came across a photo here: http://www.iugs.org/ and realized that it is the mountain range on your Mountain Beltway Banner. But where in the world is it? You could have a contest. Alps?
That’s the Cuernos del Paine, in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.