Day 5 (afternoon)Temperature: 15 degreesWeather: grey sky at times
And so my journey continued as Harun drove the motor coach on excellent highways through this mountainous country known as Turkey! As usual, I was glued to my window seat where from city to city, the landscape kept changing as minutes turned into hours. Life couldn't be any better I kept repeating to myself as I greatly enjoyed this type of travelling where so much beauty could be seen from the comfort of my seat. Michel couldn’t care less….he was sleeping on his reclined seat right next to me. As a matter of fact…..so was Daghan, our guide.
Two and a half hours later, a twenty minute stop was made which allowed us to stretch and use the restrooms. Well……different restrooms as a matter of fact…..eastern style squat toilets! Better get used to it…. Interesting enough, close to the road, a huge statue of a man, that looked more like a cowboy than anything else, was sitting on a donkey facing its behind. Nonetheless, it became a piece of conversation as we all snapped pictures of ourselves in front of it. I’ll never know what the statue actually represented! It was now almost 3:00pm.
Back on the motor coach, we continued on…. where eventually, an exit was taken by Harun, our beloved non English speaking driver! We were now on a country road where cows wandered freely! Rest assured….Harun’s expertise as a driver was able to maneuver this huge monster of a motor coach in between them without even honking his horn! Shortly afterwards, the small town of Eskisehir
was our pit stop for the afternoon.
So…. what was so special about this town aside from their beloved free spirited cows? Well, this was where the burial mound of the Phrygian King Midas, better known as the "Golden Touch" was located. Do not worry….since all of this has to do with Greek mythology dating back 700 BC, I won’t bore you with all the details however, to reach the burial chamber we had to walk 450 feet into the earth of Midas Mound……which meant walking for me….
So full speed ahead, Michel and I were in and out of the mountain’s tunnel before the rest of the group had even entered! Close by, a damp museum was also visited….and exited within five minutes. Nothing of interest, we were the only ones around….and of course...the cows close by!
Again, as seconds turned into minutes and then minutes into hours, it was around 5:30pm when we made our entrance into the capital city of Turkey…..and no it's not Istanbul……it's Ankara.
The city looked extremely lovely with its cleanness, beautiful highways, high rise buildings and of course….numerous Mosques. I was even more blown away when the motor coach made its way up the driveway of the Hilton Hotel Ankara, our hotel for the night! Youppi!
Since dinner wasn’t scheduled until much later in the evening and since it was still daylight……plus the fact that Daghan had just told us that there was a huge Shopping Mall really close by…..well….. you didn’t have to convince me very hard as to where to spend my next several hours or so…….