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June 1, 2002

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On our way to Istanbul we stopped at Ankara, Turkey’s rambling capital in the middle of Central Anatolian plains. Ataturk proclaimed Ankara as Turkey’s capital (he didn’t like Istanbul) and transformed Angora (the settlement that preceded Ankara) from a small fort town into the spreading urban mass of today. We wandered along downtown Ankara’s wide boulevards and streets crowded with smartly dressed Turks.
The White Valley near Goreme in Cappadocia.
Ataturk – Turkish hero of World War I and father of modern Turkey. He grabbed power left by the Ottoman demise and launched Turkey on a drive to modernization. He’s the most revered man in Turkish history.
We found Ataturk’s mausoleum in a park in downtown Ankara.