Ankara – Out & About (Part II)

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Thursday 20 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

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During our recent trip to our Capital, Ankara, I have plenty of time to wander the streets while Aunty Spike and the outlaws explored the wonders and delights of yet another shopping centre. They all look and seem the same to me, so I opted for a few hours pounding the pavements instead. 

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BOTANICAL GARDENS, NEAR ATAKULE TOWER, ÇANKAYA

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If city views are your thing, check out the earlier post Ankara – Out &  About (Part I).

Interesting – never knew we had time differences here in Turkey. This clock tower seems to 🙂

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CLOSE TO KUĞULU PARK AND TUNALI

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With no ‘work’, I get bored easily. Watching TV or shopping for ‘nothing’ is not my idea of living, but hey ho, once a year, and all that.

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BACK STREETS OF KIZILAY

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So anyway, on my walkabouts I can knock up 15km quite happily on my own. Occasionally I will sit and watch the world and his mother walk past, and as I always took my camera, here are a few other city shots from my annual trip to Metropolis.

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KIZILAY OPEN BOOK MARKET – ALWAYS A BUSY PLACE

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KOCATEPE MOSQUE

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This impressive mosque, the largest in Ankara, can accommodate 24,000 and always somewhere I head for when in Ankara for Friday Prayers. Just always have to remember to take my shades, as the sea of white marble is quite overpowering when you venture outside into the sunshine.

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MY CAMERA STRUGGLED TO CAPTURE THE ENTIRE BUILDING

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SAT BY THIS FOUNTAIN FOR HOURS DURING THE SUMMER OF 2006

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ATAKULE TOWER, ÇANKAYA

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10 thoughts on “Ankara – Out & About (Part II)

  1. oldpoet56 says:

    Uncle, thank you for a great post, beautiful pictures, hope you and your family have great weekend.—Shalom

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  2. Awesome shots, Uncle Spike! Wow!

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  3. fredrieka says:

    I loved the clock unfortunately the clocks in my house can sometimes seem that way. lol.. That is one big temple. Can not imagine any churches in the state that could handle that many. Does it fill up with that many?

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    • Uncle Spike says:

      I dunno, never counted. I’ve been there for Friday Prayers when you are right on the sidelines if not there 30 minutes before kickoff. I can image on festival days its full + a few thousand outside. Even our local village mosques here use carpets outside in mid winter.

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  4. Very interesting and thanks for the tour of Ankara. I also enjoy walking around to discover a city…(Suzanne)

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    • Uncle Spike says:

      I dont care for the monuments, museums, shopping malls or the restaurants to be honest – just sitting watching city folk is fun. Normally I see less than 3 humans all week, and one of those is my son 🙂

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