Monthly Archives: September 2010

Istanbul / 伊斯坦布尔

我在土耳其最后去的地方是伊斯坦布尔。我去过,觉得很有意思。这次不忙,因为
我已经看了很多东西。我要看几个地方和跟朋友们一起玩。

一个地方我要再看是蓝色清真寺。那个清真寺非常漂亮。我用另外一个贴子给你们
看看那边的照片。我也再看奥托曼切宮。我已经看过,但是没看过那边的女眷住的
地方。我听说应该看,上次我没看过,这次我就看。我也看多爾瑪巴赫切宮。在
150最后年的奥托曼帝国 那是皇帝住的地方。那里有三个枝形吊灯,重物是一公吨
多,一个是四公吨五。

其实,有些伊斯坦布尔朋友去另外城市办事,所以不能跟他们见面。不管,跟几个
伊斯坦布尔朋友一起玩,玩的很好。

My last stop in Turkey was Istanbul. I’ve been there before and it’s a
fantastic city. This visit was pretty laid back, as I had seen a lot of
the sights on my previous visit and only had a few on my list for this
visit. I also have a number of friends I wanted to visit with.

One sight that I went to a second time, was the Blue Mosque. The Blue
Mosque is really something else. I’ll post pictures of that one
separately. While in Istanbul I also made a visit to Dolmabahce Palace,
which was the residence of the Ottoman Sultan during the last 150 years
of the empire. It doesn’t have gardens as large as Versailles, but it is
a palace on the same scale. It has three chandeliers weighing in excess
of one tonne, including one that weights 4.5 tonnes. I also paid a visit
to Topkapi Palace, the original palace of the Ottoman Sultans. I saw the
palace last time I was in Istanbul, but missed the harem, which is not
to be missed. I didn’t miss it this time.

Unfortunately some of the people I know in Istanbul were out of town on
business the week I was there, so I didn’t get to see them. I did get to
see my friends Ilknur & Filiz, who I worked with several years ago at
OTI, and their husbands Mukesh and Ugur. And my friend Zafer joined me
for a nargile one night, which was a pleasure.

Img_1530Img_1533Img_1534Img_1542Img_1543Img_1545Img_1546Img_1562Img_1563Img_1569Img_1580Img_1594Img_1607Img_1610Img_1612Img_1613Img_1624Img_1626Img_1634Img_1643Img_1644Img_1647Img_1660Img_1663Img_1669Img_1675Img_1683Img_1686Img_1690Img_1695Img_1716Img_1731Img_1732Img_1769Img_1770Img_1773Img_1774Img_1778Img_1783Img_1786Img_1828Img_1844Img_1847Img_1849Img_1872

Cappadocia / 卡帕多西亚

After my relaxing boat trip, I jumped on a bus for 12 hours and headed
to central Turkey, to a region called Cappadocia. Cappadocia is notable
because it is a unique geographical formation caused by the eruption of
three volcanoes. The ash covered an area of about 100 square kilometers.
The ash is compressed and for the most part erodes easily, except where
there are harder minerals mixed with the ash. This forms ‘chimneys’ out
of which people carved houses.

There were also underground cities dug in the ash. They weren’t really
cities, but mostly used as storage for food supplies because of the
consistently cool temperatures underground. These were also used as
hideouts when attackers came. The one I visited went to a depth of 45m,
and could support 15,000 people for six months. There are about 200
similar underground cities in the region. The population of the region
has never been big enough to occupy them all, so they’ve always had a
surplus of ‘bunker’ space.

I stayed in a small town called Goreme, in a cave hotel! I arrived at
04:30 and immediately booked a hot air balloon ride, which left at
05:30. I spent two days there before heading back to Istanbul to meet
some friends and prepare for the next leg of my journey, in China.

Img_1522Img_1142Img_1144Img_1154Img_1159Img_1160Img_1172Img_1201Img_1203Img_1209Img_1217Img_1221Img_1222Img_1226Img_1266Img_1269Img_1277Img_1294Img_1299Img_1300Img_1301Img_1360Img_1366Img_1371Img_1378Img_1380Img_1384Img_1386Img_1393Img_1394Img_1398Img_1404Img_1432Img_1433Img_1453Img_1456Img_1460Img_1462Img_1465Img_1476Img_1480Img_1485Img_1488Img_1492Img_1502Img_1503Img_1504Img_1505Img_1506Img_1518Img_1520