Friday, March 13, 2015

Ankara - Turkey


A couple of stops as we journeyed to Ankara the next morning (Cappadocia - underground city and Goreme museum). The first was at Hanlem Art Centre, showcasing collection of previous and semi previous stone jewellery. Well, the usual thing (Phuket premium outlet) - documentary on how stones are harvested, thereafter seeing the collection. Pricey of course and here, you are actually allowed to take as many pictures as you like. I walked around and out to wait for the rest. That's it. Why waste money when I am not into precious stones?

We then continued our journey with two breaks in between, at the fast food outlet to grab a drink or to the loo, next was lunch. Thereafter, we arrived in Ankara Anitkabir. The mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk - leader of Turkish War of Independent, founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey. This site is also the final resting place of Ismet Inonu, the second President of Turkey who left the world in 1973 and his tomb faces Ataturk Mausoleum, on the opposite side of the Ceremonial Ground.
First, security check once our coach entered this area. Actually quite a weird thing because we got down at the main gate, passed by the guards who just stared and back to the bus. Why? Wonder? Even the tour guide couldn't tell us why. Suppose it is like this. Next was getting down at the entrance of the mausoleum that dominates a high hill above Ankara and is one of the parts of it's block. What would you see in this mausoleum? The 24 lion sculptures on both sides of the road, museum, library and the final resting place of Mustafa Kemal and Ismet Inonu. Finally, we took a long walk towards the end of this huge complex, jumped high up with excitement and left. Oh, changing of the guards as well. 







  











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17 comments:

  1. Awesome pics. Great place. You have been to lot of beautiful placed Nava. I would love to visit turkey after checking out this post. I didnt know that it is such a beautiful country. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post. :)

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  2. amazing pics dear :-)

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  3. looks like u had a great time, wow, that high jump
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  4. Wow lovely pics Nava. Cannot agree with u more spending on travels,we make memories no one can steal from us unlike jewellery.But I must admit they are definitely alluring .Btn love the blue jacket of urs suits u well.

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  5. Lovely jewellery collection Nava :) lovely clicks esp. the last one :)

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  6. nicely explained...i would like to hear about your kerala visit too :)

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  7. A place to must visit!! Nice write up!

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  8. Awesome clicks...I think you had a wonderful time there. Love your pictures & those colourful beads too..

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  9. I love the collection of jewellery and definitely your exciting pose...

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  10. Looks like a beautiful place with lots of history and good food, not a fan of those jewelry though!

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  11. lovely jewelry!!beautiful description of the the place and loved loved your pics:)

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  12. Interesting place and nicely written post.
    And beautiful jewelry...

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  13. Great pics of necklaces and food..... Very beautiful Nava.... :)

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  14. Beautiful accessories! Did you buy lots?? xoxo

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  15. Loved the pics u clicked.. such a lovely place.. those beaded necklaces caught my attention for sure.. :)

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