Today was a travelling day. We caught the bus from Goreme at 10 am and drove through the “Konya Basin.” Very dry! It started out quite hilly in the Cappadocia region but then turned flat as a pancake. Apparently it gets about 12 inches of rain per year (Lethbridge gets 15 and Halifax gets 58) but it didn’t every look like it got that much.
This next picture is of a national park that we drove through. Notice how lush and green it looks!?
Konya is a city of about 1.3 million people and, in the middle of this arid landscape, is quite green and pretty with lots of roses blooming. The big sight here is the mausoleum of Rumi, who was a 13th-century Persian poet, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. He promoted tolerance, peace and compassion and originated the dance of the Whirling Dervishes.
Funny story. We had our first doner tonight for supper. Quite yummy. Rick order a bottle with lemons on it to drink. Also yummy. I ordered a different bottle, thinking it might be pomegranate juice. Poor choice - not so yummy. Google translate told me it was turnip juice. Yechy but probably healthy although not for me because i couldn’t drink it. Here’s a view from our hotel room that’s overlooking the bazaar area.