TURKEY, Where I Left My Heart Is

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.

Monument at Taksim Square

Monument at Taksim Square

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 ?
At Taksim Square

At Taksim Square

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 ????
The Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace

Inside Hagia Sophia

Inside Hagia Sophia

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.
Pamukkale-Cotton castle

Pamukkale-Cotton castle

The Library of Ephesus

The Library of Ephesus

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.
view from hot air balloon in Cappadocia

view from hot air balloon in Cappadocia

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.
The Göreme National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.

The Göreme National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.

Mevlana

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.
Ataturk Mausoleum

Ataturk Mausoleum

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
10.55 am
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31 thoughts on “TURKEY, Where I Left My Heart Is

  1. I think I did pretty much the same trip, Lily. The balloon ride at Cappadocia was great. But what a shame Turkey is now in such turmoil as other countries in the region.

    • You’re right Terry.., so many examples happen to neighbor country, I hope peace in Turkey. Thanks for visit my blog, I appreciate it. And hopefully, soon I can write about Eastern Europe 😉 I am so envy you. Your pictures are really awesome. Love them.

  2. nice travelling with cute tourist, i hope repeat this vacation again,and also visit syria.
    i is nice country…
    anyway turkey is beautiful country…. you take good decision for choosing the country.

  3. Beautiful,you are so lucky to visit these beautiful places,and Don’t worry about Turkey situation,hope that the situation will be better soon.

  4. this is beautiful Lilly..you really captured the place the history and the spirit of the people. Ohh……and lady you dropped something… 🙂

  5. Turkey is now on my wish list. Thanks for sharing your journey, beautiful photos, and stories. Have a great time 🙂

  6. That was a beautiful story about yuur experience in Turkey Lily, I haven’t been there as a matter of fact I haven’t been outside of my country buh now my heart is wrapped around Turkey I pray for peace and for things to get back the it once was and even better. Lily keep bringing in the beautiful stories God bless you and your family great friend

  7. Lovely to see your new blog, Lily – and especially your memories of Turkey, where I also had a memorable time. Several of your comments brought back those memories so vividly. Happy days! I look forward to reading more of your posts, in the coming days and weeks. Keep up the good work! 🙂

    • Will do, Malcolm.., before Turkey, I never thought to write about my trips. Hope in the future I can share more with you, guys !
      Thanks for support me, really appreciate it.

  8. Turkey has always been on my wish list !! After reading your beautiful blog , I’m even more keen to visit !! Inshallah let me make a lot of money first !!
    Hugs n good wishes my Lily !!

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