So in 1991 I made my first trip outside Europe. I chose Turkey, as it was close enough to be really far away. The weather when we got there was horrid, it was barely 15C, clouded and rain drove through the streets. Still, it was my first taste of this exotic country right on Europe's doorstep.
After seeing mosques, visiting the James Bond like splendour of the Grand Bazaar we made our way east to Ankara, then South to Avanos in that most splendid landscapes: Cappadocia. From there we travelled west to Kusadasi (I apologise for the lack of proper Turkish spelling) stopping at Konya and Pamukale.
Near Kusadasi we saw the remains of Ephesos, known from classical and New Testament times, from where we followed the coast, to spots like Dalyan, Fetiye and Antalya. Visiting the ruins of Termessos and Side, climbing past the Lycian rock tombs and even dipping in the sea near Olu Deniz.
Then after three weeks of exotic vistas, three weeks of meeting lovely people, three weeks of delicious food and Efes beer, the trip was done and it was back to the Low Countries.
However, the travel bug was firmly lodged in my blood.
I hope you'll enjoy the trip.
1985 - Spain/France; 1986 - Alpi Orobico; 1988 - Spanish Meseta; 1989 - Pyrenees; 1991 - Turkey; 1992 - Egypt; 1993 - Eastern USA; 1995 - Syria and Jordan; 1996 - India and Nepal; 1999 - China and Tibet; 2000 - Friesland; 2001 - Mexico and Guatamala; 2002 - York; 2003 - Ardennes; 2004 - Delmarva and Idaho; 2005 - Los Angelos.
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