31.08.2009 - 31.08.2009 32 °C
Today we drove to the capital city of Turkey, Ankara, reaching at midday. Our hotel was centrally based so we took a local taxis to each of the places that we wanted to visit. This was relatively inexpensive especially as we split the cost amongst us.
Our first stop was at Kocatepe Mosque which is one of the world's largets mosques. It can accommodate 100,000 worshippers. It was indeed very beautiful inside.
From there we took a taxi to the Ataturk Mausoleum which houses the sarcophagus of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk who was first president of the Republic of Turkey and the leader of the Turkish War of Independence.
For more info on what to see, check out this link: Ataturk's Mausoleum and Museum
Then we went to the bazaar in the Ulus/Hisar area. We saw some really old streets and observed typical village life. The people were friendly and welcoming. We bought some authentic apple tea, apricots and dates. It was nice as they let us try stuff before buying.
Afterwards we caught a taxi to Youth Park (similar to Gorki Park in Moscow). It is next to Lunar Park which has fairground rides. Youth Park has a very large man made lake, tea gardens, restaurants and fountains. We had a walk around and enjoyed an apple tea.
The total cost of the taxis we used was 10 Turkish Lira per person which is approx £5!!