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Chris Sayer’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 21 Apr 2009

Location: Cappadocia, Turkey

MapDay 21, April 21
Back on the bus to continue our journey north through the middle of Turkey, and I rode quite comfortably considering. I rested my leg on a suitcase, and hobbled on crutches to lunch and a couple of notable sights of interest. The air is quite crisp we are quite high on mountainous plateaux, and the terrain is stark, with very few trees but lots of rocky outcrops and open fields with cattle grazing. No fences to stop the cattle roaming onto the road usually there is a farmer controlling them, but when the grass is so green and plentiful on both sides of the road, the cattle dont need to wander.
We stop at yet another ruined city, called Hattusha, it was the major city of an ancient civilization called the Hittites. We could inspect their carvings, walk their paths, even walked through a tunnel of rock boulders that was an entrance to the city an incredible feat of engineering that its still standing, since these people lived here 13 centuries B.C. We were incredulous we were touching the handiwork of a stonemason from 3,300 years ago !!!