Ayas, ancient village on the Silk Road
Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
91Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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After reaching the top of yet another hill climb on our drive to her house, we drove down a steep road into a narrow valley... entering into a small village wedged into a fertile valley... dropping out of sight from anyone located on the hills and plateaus above... Most of the ancient settlements in Turkey were chosen for their strategic purposes..
Aidan's cute face and blonde hair has given him an almost rock star status in Turkey... wherever we go people stare, smile and try to rub his head or pinch his cheeks... His sixth sense has been heightened by all of this activity... and he will often position his cheeks in hard to grab positions when the "Cheek Pinchers" get too close...
A quick drive up to a small ridge overlooking the village brought us to the Coban family home... as we parked the van, Selma told us that the street in front of their house was the section of the silk road that passed through their town... Nothing seems to be without a link to the ancients within this country...
Our time spent with Selma and her family was filled with lively conversations... excellent fresh food... walks to the local store to buy ice cream... hiking the surrounding hills... eating fresh cherries... sharing of our lives... all serenaded by the sounds of our children laughing and playing together...