The only camera I took to Turkey was a plastic disposable Kodak point & shoot. The negatives have been poorly stored and are now scared with scratches, fingerprints and dust. Thankfully my Nikon 5000ED with Digital ICE4 came to the rescue. Please forgive the occasional glitch or scratch. Next time it’s going to be digital.
This negative was scratched beyond belief. I once spent two hours trying to clean it and was still entirely unsatisfied. Thanks Nikon for helping restore this classic shot.
This is the train I took from İzmir to Selçuk. On the way, I went back to the last car, and the passengers had opened all the doors. The beautiful scenery sped by as passengers danced around the car, swinging in and out of the open door with the breeze blowing refreshing air throughout the compartment. Looking back, this was one of my favorite train rides of all time.
Hiking through Cappadocia is a psychedelic experience. There are giant mushroom-like rock formations everywhere and the ground has a spongy feel that gives a few millimeters every step you take. If you fell, it would be like falling on foam. There were little cottages and villages with locals growing grapes and places to picnic all over.
El Al 747 to Antalya
Antalya; all night bus to Cappadocia / Kapadokya
Cappadocia; all night bus to İstanbul
İstanbul, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, epic LP walking tour and the unrestored cistern.
İstanbul, boat trip up Bosphorus to Sarıyer and Dolmuş trip through the Belgrade Forest to Kilyos and the Black Sea.
İstanbul; 4:00 PM bus to İzmir
7:00 AM train to Selçuk
Train to Denizli
Pamukkale; all night bus to Side
Side; Antalya; fly El Al back to Tel Aviv