It really sad to see what happen in Turkey right now. What ever the problems are.., violence never be a good solution. I can’t imagine how the peaceful Istanbul turn to a place with so much angers , fears, sorrows and tears.
Not even a month when I left Istanbul and this hell began. I still can feel the sense of Taksim Square, many people walk with shopping bags and smiley face. Can the peace still remains ?
Istanbul – what else I can say about this wonderful city. The Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia are the must have visit places. Don’t forget to take Bosphorus cruise and spend a whole day for shopping at Grand Bazaar. It’s a largest and oldest covered market in the world with 61 covered streets and more than 3,000 shops, it’s more like paradise heaven for whom to love shopping, I was getting crazy with so many, many choices of women accessories. This is really recommended place for spend money, lol.., which one condition : you have to bargain and bargain. Mostly the shopkeepers are charming and nice to women, they will said : “Lady, you drop something.” If you curious about what things you dropped ( wallet, money etc ). They will told you that his heart was fall because of you. Hahahaha…, isn’t it charming ????
Who doesn’t know about Trojan Horse story ? You can find the replica of Troy Horse in Canakkale, also the history about Gallipoli with the Aegean Sea to the west and Dardanelles Straits to the east, the view is amazing.
Pergamon Acropolis, House of Virgin Mary, ancient city of Ephesus are the other places you won’t to miss. Stunning view of white travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water in Pamukkale never get eyes tired to look at it.
Ever heard about Nasreddin Hodja ? An old wise man with white beard and white turban on his head and his donkey ? I read books about him since I was a child, and luckily I can see his statue while my visiting to Konya. If you never heard about him, try to googling, for others who knew about him, consider yourself as lucky with his thoughts and wisdom.
Cappadocia with hot air balloon will give you an unforgettable experience, cost you another Usd 200 but worth it to try.
Many things to explore in Cappadocia, such as Goreme Open Air Museum, Kaymakli Underground City, Uchisar Castle, Pigeon Valley and don’t forget to see the famous show of Belly dance and Mevlana.
In Ankara the capital, you can learn more about Turkey’s history by visit Attaturk Mausoleum. The place is huge and even I’m not a Turkish, I feel proud to see the big red Turkish flag swing by the wind in the blue sky.
10 days in Turkey are not enough to enjoy the country. The last day was the hard one because I have to leaving, while the plane ‘Turkish Air’ was take off, I recall my memories and Laura Pausini’s song : “It’s Not Goodbye” was playing in my earphone.
Yes, it’s not goodbye.., never be a goodbye coz I left my heart in there, until the next hello, Turkey !
Jakarta, 4 June 2013