Tuesday afternoon our group arrived in Ankara, capital of the Republic of Turkey. Wednesday traveled about three hours of Ankara to Bogazkale, the capital of the ancient Hittite (Hatti) kingdom.
The photo below shows ruins of what is designated Temple 1 in the Lower City of ancient capital. The walls seen here are the only reconstructed walls from the ancient city. The ruins belong to the most sacred building of the city. The jars in the foreground are samples of many that were found. They were used to hold cuneiform tablets, and grain, wine, and oil used in the temple services.
Temple area and reconstructed walls at Bogazkale. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.
I don’t seem to be finding the time to blog, but several of our travelers are doing so. You may find what they write more interesting because they tend to write about things as they see them through fresh eyes that have not been here before. All of them have traveled with me before, and I think most of them have visited Western Turkey on a previous tour.
Alexander’s Adventure – http://jimmyanddarlene.wordpress.com/
This is the blog of Jimmy and Darlene Alexander. What an appropriate title for a tour in Turkey. Jimmy and Darlene are new to blogging, but they have traveled a lot, and Darlene has recently learned how to use an iPad Mini, photo editor, etc., and doing a good job of it.
Braman’s Wandering – http://bramanswanderings.wordpress.com/
Steven Braman is literally a world traveler in his work. He blogs on a wide variety of things.
The other side of the world – http://stacyjobe.blogspot.com/
Stacy Jobe blogged during our Steps of Paul and John tour in 2012. She has updated her blog for this tour. Stacy is a multi-talented young lady who finds something interesting in whatever she sees.
Scene With Sharon – http://scenewithsharon.blogspot.com/
According to the NASA website, Sharon Cobb “is the lead scientist developing an important facility for studying materials in the International Space Station.” She loves traveling on earth, too. Sharon blogged from Egypt during our 2009 tour.
Turkey is a wonderful place to visit for those interested in ancient and biblical history. Enjoy the country through the eyes of these people are traveling with me on this journey.
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