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Performing Live From Asia Minor!

One of my favorite and most memorable experiences on Wildland Adventures in Turkey that we did on our first trip to Turkey 25 years ago, we did it again on this anniversary adventure in the Simena Castle: We advised everyone in the group who wanted to participate, to bring a favorite literary piece, or plan to share a personal performance of any kind in the seat of antiquity if they felt inclined. Imagine the setting on the Turquoise Coast of Turkey: From inscriptions that have been found here, the history of the ancient city of Simena goes back to the 4th century BC. Stepping onto the dock where our zodiac drops us we pass by a sarcophagus on the seashore and begin climbing up the hill among village houses soon reaching the entrance to the castle of Simena used during the Middle Ages by the Byzantines. Inside the medieval walls of the inner keep...
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Kayaking Over A Sunken City In Turkey

After beating the streets of the old city in Istanbul, and hiking ancient trails through Cappadocia, then driving over the Taurus Mountains to Antalya, we dropped our bags in our sea front cottages in the village of Cirali and flung ourselves into the warm, salty Mediterranean. Ahhh...this is what I love most about this trip. By September the summer sun has heated the sea and the salinity keeps you afloat; I turn on my back, ears below the water so I can only hear my breath, and close my eyes--I'm back in the womb.  The first day of our forthcoming 5 night voyage along the Turquoise Coast several of us arose early to watch the sun arise out of the sea and the day started aglow in orange and red over the glistening, calm Mediterranean Sea rippling by the swimmer lazily taking a dip at dawn. Before we board our gulet...
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Guest — Kalkan Villas
Kayaking along the Turquoise Coast is a fascinating occupation.
Sunday, 21 October 2012 23:26
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Konya: The Center of Islam and Birthplace of Sufism

One member of our group, David has read poems and studied writings of Rumi every day for the past 30 years so traveling through this bastion of Islam region where Sufism and whirling dervish orders flourished and Selcuk culture was centered was especially a highlight for him. If you have any interest in Rumi, Sufiism and Whirling Dervish, it's worth reading up a bit before arriving here about Rumi's life and teachings, but if not it's such a great opportunity to learn more especially the way we do it on this trip. Konya is not just a bus stop to see the Mevlana Museum ("Mevlana" is another name for "Rumi") and his mausoleum. Visiting the mosque in Konya and where Rumi is buried along with the displays of beautiful Korans and many objects of life used by mystic Meveli Sufis, some of whom were also Ottoman Sultans are impressive, but what's...
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Road Trip Across Anatolia

There is an unwritten rule among travel companies to limit long drives, but we like to include at least one "road trip" that takes us overland traveling among local people through small towns, diverse landscapes and rural environs. Although we are moving 30 times faster than ancient camel caravans in Anatolia, we are traveling precisely along the same routes used by traders and travelers of ancient times. Along this route we take from Cappadocia across the Anatolian plateau where Christians dug underground cities for refuge from marauding thieves and infidels through Konya, over the pine-forested Taurus Mountains and on to Antalya on the Mediterranean, we pass by and stop to see numerous caravanserai, the road houses built by the Ottomans to protect travelers from marauding Arabs and foster trade in the empire. Konya was at the center of trade connecting east and west along the Silk Road, but also connecting travel...
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Friends With Cave Hotels

Having traveled to Cappadocia for over two decades, we have long-standing relationships with Turkish colleagues and friends who started adventure travel here like Haydar Haykir, the now 55-year old proprietor of Elkep Evi, our go-to boutique cave hotel. Haydar resides here, overseeing his small, personal hotel operation and reading philosophy from his cliff top, two-story cave dwelling. One night when the group went into town Anne and I stayed behind to have a quiet meal and catch up with him since the last time we visited. Twenty-three years ago Haydar’s was one of only three boutique cave hotels in Cappadocia—today there are over 300. “Everyone keeps trying to dig bigger and build better cave hotels with indoor pools, flat screen TVs and all the electronic gadgetry. I’m not going there…this is a cave after all,” Haydar insists. And that’s what we really like about him and using Elkep Evi for our...
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Guest — TravelingJon
A cave hotel... very nice! Looks like you are having an amazing trip and I can't wait to hear more about it.
Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:07
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