Places we visited: Istanbul, Lycian Way (Alinca, Faralya, Ovacik), Cappadocia

Length of stay: 19 days

High point: Experiencing the worship service of a dervish community, eating incredible
organic meals from Bayram's House in Alinca, amazing views along the Lycian Way,
the relaxed vibe of Istanbul's Kadikoy district

Low Point:  We can't recall any!

Local food/flavor: Turkish breakfast (cucumbers, tomatoes, boiled egg,  cheese,
bread & jam), Doner Kebabs, Pides (Turkish Pizza), Turkish Cay (Tea), Simit

Language: Turkish

Currency: Turkish Lira

Unique Sights:  Whirling Dervishes, the abundance of backgammon played, interior of
a mosque, all the ways that eastern and western civilization meet in Istanbul

Purchases: None

Things we did:
  • Istanbul
  • Visited numerous mosques including the famous Blue Mosque
  • Toured the Aya Sofya which was originally a church, then a mosque, and
    is now a museum
  • Checked out the palatial digs of the Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace
  • Wandered through all the bazaars including the grand bazaar and spice
    bazaar.
  • Enjoyed a refreshing afternoon at the Cagaloglu Hammam
  • Soaked up the energy of Istanbul's youth on Istiklal Caddesi
  • Attended a Sema ceremony to see the Whirling Dervishes
  • Visited the distinct neighborhoods of Istanbul including Kadikoy and
    Ortakoy
  • Admired Istanbul from a ferry on the Bosphorus

  • Lycian Way
  • Trekked three sections of the Lycian Way
  • Enjoyed amazing hospitality from locals in Alinca and Faralya
  • Admired the beautiful scenery along the trek including the beaches at
    Kabak, Faralya, and Oludeniz

  • Cappadocia
  • Stayed in a Cave Hotel in the village of Goreme
  • Toured the underground city of Derinkuyu
  • Walked through the John the Baptist Church in Cavusin
  • Visited the Goreme Open Air Museum to see cave churches with ancient
    frescoes
  • Marveled at the unique and odd landscape throughout Cappadocia
    including fairy chimneys, pigeon valley, and abandoned cave dwellings
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