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July - September 2011     VOLUME 15 ISSUE 3
 
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Let's Travel the World! A Visit to Turkey

Beth Sindler

My husband and I traveled to Turkey as guests of the Nile Foundation. We first flew into Istanbul on Friday afternoon, though our suitcases didn’t make it until Sunday. On Saturday, we visited the Blue Mosque, which is a museum now. The inside is paneled with many blue tiles of differing patterns. There are parts that house beautiful antiquities from the Ottoman empire. We also visited a Sultan’s palace, which had a gorgeous chandelier weighing 10 tons! We visited the harem, too. We met our first family there and even met the Mayor of the town. On Sunday afternoon, we took a lovely boat ride on the Bosporus Strait. On Monday we traveled by boat to Bursa, a city which had people there since 5200 BC. We visited a silk market, and a textile factory and a family, whose father taught English and spoke to us in English. From there we traveled to Izmir and met with another family who are in the textile business. is what they told us-I guess she has. The father spoke of how well his wife is able to predict what people will wear which she sells in store for women’s clothing, a business that can easily fail. We met with a group from the organization Kimse Yok Mu-which means: Is anybody there? They send doctors and engineers to places that have disasters. From there we traveled to Denizli, a city which has a rooster as it’s symbol. We ate dinner with another family and a friend of theirs gave all of us a rooster. We witnessed a Muslim ceremony called the Whirling Dervishes, a ceremony in which several men or boys wear outfits with a fitted top and skirt with a lot of fabric. The first male wears yellow and is in the center and turns round and round. Then one by one, the others wear white and go round and round. At times they move around the figure in yellow and at times they are in one place as they turn. Quite a site! Haridopolis was next on our itinerary. There was a Roman city which is now in ruins. After the ruins, we walked down the hill of travertine marble, which had running water into shallow pools and even taller pools, which were really lovely. From there we flew back to Istanbul, and on Saturday, saw a group of miniature buildings including the Mosque, the Temple of Artemis and a Clock Tower. Then we were treated to the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. In 1923, after World War 1, Attaturk formed the country into a secular republic, and last Sunday was an election, which happens every four years. We had a marvelous time and learned much about the history of Turkey

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