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then finishing with a flight from van to istanbul and, two days later, a bus back to ankara where john flew back to washington and laura and i returned to our "BUSELogic" lives.
here are some highlights (mostly taken by john) including wildflowers in the port city of trabzon:
and the black sea!
and the nearby sumela monastery in the mountains:
an amazingly scenic bus ride through north eastern turkey:
seljuk architecture in erzurum:
the fields of abandoned ruins at ani, former armenian capital - one of the more beautiful and interesting scenes i've seen:
views of mt. ararat where noah's ark supposedly landed:ishak pasha palace outisde doğubeyazıt:
the armenian church on akdamar island, lake van:
driving around van/getting lost in a dedicated quest to find the famous van kitties with one blue, one yellow-ish eye!
after while we saw some hope. . .
and then the real thing, albeit in a CAGE and not swimming around.
then a traditional van breakfast. . .
before wandering around istanbul. here is the underground basilica cistern (with creepy classical music piped through!)
and lamps in the grand bazaar.