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Mystical Black Sea of Turkey
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    Went on a tour with my family to Turkey's Black Sea last October... because my parents been on the normal Turkey's tour route so this time around they would like to explore the unexplore

    And I was impressed!! with its culture & breathtaking sceneries

    I must say Turkey is a BEAUTIFUL country; a transcontinental Muslim country; separated in 2 parts~ Europe & Asia... 

     

    To those who would like to visit Turkey.. here are some useful tips:

    1) bring MAGGIE!! you will DEFINITELY miss Malaysian food

    2) bring CHILLIE SAUCE / KETCHUP

    3) Data Roaming... dont bother renting wifi router because it doesnt work... luckily my coach has WIFI

     

    I would want to visit Turkey again.. but on the normal route to:

    1. Cappadocia & Hot Air Balloon

    credit: Lonely Planet

    2. Cotton Castle

    (credit: One Nation)

    Okay... here comes my Turkey Black Sea 

  • I always prefer to have window seat... like taking pictures of the wings :D

    Once we reached Istanbul, we took a domestic flight to Trabzon ~ One of the city in the Black Sea Region...

    First stop: Hagia Sophia... its smaller compare to the one in Istanbul (according to my mom)

    Genesis scriptures' sculptures on the wall... (according to the tour guide)

    Next stop: Ataturk's House... The founder of the Republic of Turkey

    We had lunch at a restaurant with nice view of Black Sea...

    Foodies...

    Meatballs taste so GOOD!!!

    CAUTION!!! to diabetics...

    Tour guide brought us to another cafe with superb view of Black Sea...

    Turkish Tea

    Black Coffee + Chocolate

    We stayed 1 night at Trabzon... wander around the town before dinner...

    Turkish Dinner will be like this...

    Lentil soup... so kinda beans soup...

    End of 1st night in Turkey

  • From Trabzon we moved to Rize, changed from coach to jeep to Botanica Tea Garden...

    Apparently Rize is famous for its tea.. especially Turkish Apple Tea

    Before moving up the hill.. 

    There is an observation deck on top of the hill... you can see a little bit of Black Sea..

    Found this tunnel there... but forgot what is this about..

    From there we moved on to Ayder... stopped by some restaurant for lunch...

    Black Sea was so blue that day :D

    Turkish style cheese fondue ~~

    Finally we reached Ayder... known as Turkey's Little Switzerland.. with alpine pasture

    One of its attractions ~ Gelintulu Waterfalls aka The Bride's Veil...

    Ayder is so so so so so so beautiful~~~~~ Those little houses on top of the hill are hotels and we stayed 1 night in one of it..

    BUT... there is no other way to go there.. you will have to CLIMB ALL THE WAY up the hill... but worth climbing up :D :D :D

    The hotel has very nice view of Gelintulu Waterfalls... very nice cozy place to enjoy the view

    Before dinner.. we took pictures on the grass.. rolled down the hill and kacau cows that are eating grass.. and wander around the small town..

    There is a hotsprings in Ayder but we were too late.. so we didnt get to try it out..

    Tour guide told us that the local would travel there to ski during winter..

    very dreamy...

  • Goodbye Ayder...

    Continue our journey to Giresun.. to see the ruins of Giresun Castle..

    As Giresun Castle is again on the top of a hill.. and the road is too small.. the tour guide contacted the local police to direct traffic...

    Stopped for lunch after Giresun Castle... had the local famous fish dish.. 

    After lunch, we went to visit the SS Bandirma Museum Ship... to see a replica of Ataturk's ship during the war...

    As we will not be seeing the Black Sea anymore... our tour guide stopped us somewhere and let us took picture of the beautiful Black Sea for the last time ~~

    A lot of uncles like to fish there...

    We checked in to our hotel at Sheraton Samsun... that is super grand and Ataturk's car was parked at the foyer...

    The room was fantastic! super comfy

    Dinner was served at the hotel's restaurant.. with live jazz music too :D

    I started to miss Malaysian food...

    End of 3rd night in Turkey ~~

  • From Samsun we moved to Amasya... 

    Amasya Castle which is located on a hill top... there you will see different civilizations' cultures they practiced then...

    And... the view from Amasya Castle was MAGNIFICENT!! 

    The entrance...

    ohmagawddddd... you can see the whole Amasya from here...

    We came down from the hill and tour guide showed us the rock tomb of Pontus Kings carved on the rocks..

    And the historical houses along the riverside..

    We also went to the ancient music theraphy hospital... used to hospitalized mental illness patients...

    Lunch Time~~~ Traditional Amasya Dish

    CAUTION! CAUTION! CAUTION! no to diabetics...

    We then continue to Hattusa...

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site... coz it was built during the Bronze Age... it was like 3000 years agoooooo...

    again... you will be AMAZED! really JAWDROPPING!!!

    The site is so hugeeeee... imagine how the empire was last time... 

    when I was looking around... I thought of this chinese word.. 心旷神怡

    The more I see.. the  more I realize the world is so big.. really big..

    Why would you want to trap yourself in a small box that you put yourself in... trapped by your fear? your work? your worries? 

    Open your heart... Explore the world.. See the world.. 

    "In the world through which I travel.. I am endlessly creating my newself.." 

    I MISS MALAYSIAN FOOD... ahwwwww

    End of 4th night in Turkey ~~

  • Next stop -> Safranbolu

    Due to its well preserved Ottoman era's houses & buildings.. it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage City...

    & its called Safranbolu coz it was a well-known place that grows safran..

    Safran...

    We wander around the city...

    We went to buy a bottle of chilies paste... :D :D :D

    End of 5th night in Turkey~~~~

  • We moved to the city... Istanbul, a beautiful city with mixture of European & Islamic cultures...

    Istanbul is always mistaken as the capital of Turkey...

    We had CHINESE LUNCH!!!!!! we were so delighted when tour guide told us the good news...

    We started our tour in Istanbul by visiting Dolmabahce Palace...

    Super grand palace... and we are not allowed to take picture inside... so found some from Google..

    You will be wowed by all the crystal chandeliers...

    We then went to Ortakoy... a cozy place where all the youngsters go hangout... its located besides the European bank of Bosphorus River

    And in Ortakoy.. must try their baked potatoes :D

    ohhhhh finally.. MAGGIE!!

    End of 6th night in Turkey ~~~

     

  • Bosphorus Cruise today... 

    Before that, we were enjoying the view from the bridge.. and saw lots of people fishing..

    Some small stalls selling food...

    According to tour guide.. the locals like this bagel-liked biscuit... 

    Famous Fish Sandwiches...

    View from the cruise... 

    Dolmabahce Palace from far~~

    There is cafe inside the cruise... tried this lemon soda & its so goood!! very refreshing ~~

    Next stop: The famous Blue Mosque..

    There are 7 levels of buildings' height.. & the top level.. will reach heaven...

    Continue our journey to the Grand Bazaar...

    Before that.. Turkish Ice-cream :D :D

    There are many entrances & exits.. so our tour guide reminded us like 10 times about our gather points...

    As last dinner.. we went to Hard Rock Cafe... and before that.. we tried the traditional way of brewing coffee..

    On our way to Hard Rock.. 

    (credit: Forest ~ my tourmate)

    End of my Turkey trip...

    Great Memories... Great Sceneries... Great Country... 

    Ciao~

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