TURKEY, SUMMER OF 2004

The map above shows in green the path Tara, Sharon and I drove on our 8-day tour of the Turkish Black Sea Coast and return. We started at Tara and Cihan's home in Golcuk,and traveled a general clockwise direction. When we were here in 2001, I drew an imaginary north-south line through the middle (see orange line above) and said, "I'm never going east of this line." Cihan convinced me that it would be safe along the coast, and from that I planned our return trip, not reviewing it with him. When Tara called him to say we were in Bayburt, he said, "Oooooh, you're really far east!" The trip was from Tuesday 8/31 to Tuesday 9/7.

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MAINLY PHOTOS

Fri 8/20 - Tue 8/24. Arrival, Ankara, Bus to Tara and Cihan's Home in Golcuk, Golcuk, Market Shopping, Apartment.
Wed 8/25 - Thu 8/26. Military Museum. Rooftop Restaurant. Izmit. Marmar Ferry
Fri 8/27 - Sat 8/28. Touring Turkish Naval Frigate and Submarine. A Mountain Trout Farm and Restaurant.
Mon 8/30 - Tue 8/31. Last Night in Golcuk. Travel to Safranbolu and Black Sea Coast Town of Amasra.
Wed 9/1 - Thu 9/2. Amasra East Along theBlack Sea Coast to Sinop and Ordu.
Fri 9/3 - Sat 9/4. Ordu East to Trabzon (Sumela Mountain Monastery), Rize, Then South to Sivrikaya and MUCH Higher
Sun 9/5 - Tue 9/7. Climbing the Mountain, Kurdish Town of Bayburt, West to Sivas and Cihan's Parents' Ankara Home.
Wed 9/8 - End (Mon 9/13). Ankara. Coming Home. TRIP AWARDS.

TRIP REPORT PLUS PHOTOS

1. To Turkey. Ankara (Cihan's family's homes), Golcuk (Tara and Cihan's home), Shopping
2. Eastward, Black Sea Vacation with Tara
3. Oh the Mountains
4. Westward Return to Ankara
5. Winding up Turkey, Home to California
6. Trip Awards and Highlights


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