First Steps, Continued…

In my last post, I had said something about a picnic, didn’t I? Flowing through the rolling hills covered in sunflowers, runs the Ceyan River and some great local picnic/camping areas. We chose to eat here. How peaceful it would have been if the locals hadn’t been so curious towards us!

Ceyhan River Picnic

Leaving our picnic site, there was one more thing the couple who was driving us wanted us to see: Karatepe/Aslantas, a Hittite fortress.

A lion guards the entrance of the fort at Karatepe

A lion guards the entrance of the fort at Karatepe

Here a sphinx guards the fortress at Karatepe/Aslantas

Here a sphinx guards the fortress at Karatepe/Aslantas

A guide explains what the stone carvings mean

A guide explains what the stone carvings mean

Probably the best part of this day trip was the guided tour around the fortress area here. The guide spoke Turkish and a little German, a family who was also on the tour turned out to be German. The patriarch of that family spoke a little Turkish, and a traveler in their group spoke a little English. Of course, we only spoke English. I will spare you the video of the translating from Turkish-German-English and back, but let me say it was a riot!

karatepe aslantas (17)

After a quick look through the museum and an awkward, unexperienced squat on the “Turkish toilets” (a hole in a cement slab), we returned home-excited and wanting more of this interesting new place.

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