I really haven’t mentioned it in my blog before but a couple of years ago I fell down some stairs and fractured my hip. Since that time I have had a mobility problem and a lot of the time I use a cane when I’m on uneven surfaces.
This trip to Turkey could easily be called “The Helping Hand Tour.” I say that because every time I’m faced with a challenge of getting up and down or managing stairs, a super helpful Turk is always there to help with a smile. But then I’m doubly blessed. All 18 of my Australian traveling companions are there Johnny-on-the-spot to help with great big friendly Aussie smiles. I think it took half of them to get me into one of the mosques–taking off my shoes and later getting them back on.
Our guide Dar Han, a Turkish ex-basketball player who now works for this excellent touring company (Insight Vacations), has been super helpful in making sure I am fully included in every activity. Together with his expertise and the friendship of all my new Australian friends, I can safely say this tour has been sheer magic.
I am overwhelmed with how vibrant the Turkish economy is, how clean everything is, how friendly everyone is, and what a fountain of history Turkey is.
We have seen so many things. The most magic for me has been Cappadocia, an area full of underground cities and chimney rock cones (Featured picture) which people have carved out and live in. We visited a charming lady in her cone home and she served us tea. We even saw a floor show in a cave structure.
We’ve seen and visited large mosques, palaces, a rug factory where it takes women nine months to weave one carpet, a Roman amphitheater whose acoustic are excellent and is still in use.
The food has been very good. Mainly we’ve had buffets and what copious feasts they have been. We’ve stopped at roadside auto malls and they have been clean and a shopper’s find.
If you want a thousand and one marvels, I hope you will consider this vibrant country.
I wish I could list by name all my new Australian friends but there simply isn’t space. I will say though that I’ve really enjoyed each and everyone of them tremendously. Austin and Ann, Shirley and Dave–and to Tony and Tracey whom I call my Australian agents. Tony has made sure that all my books are well publicized within the group. Thanks so much to all the other new friends who have made this trip so much fun.
I guess our tour really is just one big “Turkish Delight.” My very best to you from this amazing country, Turkey.