Turkey, Aug 2009

We visited Turkey in August, 2009. It has a fascinating mix of people, cultures, religions, history and geography. We started with a quick day in Istanbul to see Topkapi Palace and the the Blue Mosque. From there we flew to Van in eastern Turkey and headed north to climb Mt Ararat. After a successful climb we traveled west to Central Anatolya to Cappadochia and visited Goreme and its fairy chimneys and cave houses. We headed back to Istanbul and made a quick trip to Ephesus before ending our trip.

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Topkapi Palace
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Galata Tower
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Bosphorus
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Hagia Sofia
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1st view of Mt Ararat
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Mt Ararat
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Kurdish Children
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Dining Tent at Green Camp
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Ararat Wildflower
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Our gear
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Our High Camp
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Our High Camp
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On Mt Ararat Summit
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Celebrate!
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Mt Ararat Climb Team
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Flowers
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Turkish Bath!
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Ishak Pasha Palace
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Yusef
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Our team
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Noah's Ark?
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Carpet weaver at Van
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Van Cat
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Lake Van
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Armenian Church (Holy Cross)
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Crescent Moon
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Zemi Valley Cave Church
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Goreme Cave Dwellings
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Inside Dark Church
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Pigeon Houses
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Descending from 3 Cross Church
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Cappodocchia
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Upper Rose Valley
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Selime Cave dwellings
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Inside Kaymakli Underground City
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Uchisar
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Filling hot air balloon
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Flight over Goreme
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End of ride
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Kelebek Hotel
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Pasabagi
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Last Dinner
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Blue Mosque
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Hagia Sophia
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Ephesus
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Temple of Hadrian, Ephesus
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Celsus Library, Ephesus
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Mazaeus Gate, Ephesus
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The Grand Theatre, Ephesus
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Mary's Home, Ephesus
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St John's Church, Ephesus
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Inside Hagia Sofia
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Deesus Mosaic - Hagia Sophia
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Virgin Mary & Child Mosaic, Hagia Sophia








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