Winter road trip: Istanbul to Ankara

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Saturday 12 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

The drive from Istanbul (our largest city) back to Ankara (the second largest, and our capital) takes some four to five hours, with a distance of 450km (280mi) over the mountains at Bolu. Overall, it’s a decent run and quite a good journey, both in terms of road and scenery.

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Always a bit emotional, the drive through İzmit, the city devastated by the 1999 earthquake of 7.4 magnitude that flattened everything, killing over 19,000 of our citizens. I remember that time well. I was in the UK at the time, and flew out a week later, whilst my wife (to be at that time – long before we met) was working in Ankara, and has told me how they really felt that one!

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Thankfully, the city is by and large pretty much rebuilt.

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Compared to our rugged pine forest clad Taurus Mountains of the south, the rolling hills of the Anatolian Plateau are so beautiful and picturesque.

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Driving between the major cities of Türkiye, and you’d often be forgiven for wondering if the roads are indeed closed! Within city limits, for sure it can be a gridlock of fume-emitting cars, trucks, bikes, buses, mopeds and taxis… but beyond the city limits, the highways can be pretty relaxing by comparison.

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2 thoughts on “Winter road trip: Istanbul to Ankara

  1. Paula says:

    wide open roads! how lovely…

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