Here are a few highlights…
|Jewels from Troy|
|A duck-jug...just because!|
|Original stone letters & envelopes!|
|And a lot of models of larger ladies...|
This tomb is built on Observation Hill, a central place in Ankara that would be seen throughout the city and started construction in 1944.
There are four main parts of Anıt Kabir: the Road of Lions, the Ceremonial Plaza, the Hall of Honor and the Peace Park.
Reaching the end of the Road of Lions we arrived into the Ceremonial Plaza. This large courtyard is designed to accommodate 15,000 people and is decorated with Turkish carpet patterns.
At one end of the plaza is the large structure housing Atatürk’s tomb.
Inside the Hall of Honor is the (symbolic) sarcophagus - he is buried below this in a special Tomb Room in the basement.
We settled in for our 5 hour drive, looking at the empty fields around us. Each area of turkey is a specialist area for crops - e.g. sunflower seeds, squash, figs or hazelnuts.
We were delighted to stop at a service station for lunch. I went for Imam Bayildi (stuffed aubergine).
Our final stop before reaching Cappadocia provided another foodie treat - candied chestnuts (kestane şekeri). Delicious! They tasted kind of like date cakes.
Finally we arrived in Göreme, our town in Cappadocia which is know for it’s natural rock formations, called “fairy chimneys”.
Then we headed to “My Mother’s” for dinner - a gorgeous outdoor place in the small town.
We shared some delicious meze…
…before tucking into chicken cooked in pottery (which was opened in front of us, using a hammer!)
The it was time for an early night as we were being picked up at 4.45am the next day for our hot air balloon ride!
Day 4: Ankara & Goreme, Turkey