Eastern Express with Masala Journey

Eastern Express with masala journey: For years, departing from Istanbul, high-speed train with the arrival of Ankara is now moving. The East Express adventure, where we listen to dozens of legends, begins after a six-hour bus trip to Istanbul-Ankara.
The Eastern Express passes through the edge of an orphan village when it is passing through Anatolia. The mountains pass through the tunnels and swing over the bridges. Along the way, you can see the beauty of Anatolia when you see the plains and the snow on the hills. The East Express adventure, where we listen to dozens of legends, begins after a six-hour bus trip to Istanbul-Ankara. Trains departing from Istanbul for many years now move from Ankara with the arrival of the High Speed ​​Train. Our train that left the capital behind in the evening; Kırıkkale, Yozgat, Sivas, Erzincan, Erzurum and 24 hours to reach the 20 hours in minutes.
The East Express, which is approaching the second road at Ankara Station, is a bit sad. Because the high-speed trains taking their passengers from the same place, we are waiting for an old man. They are following up quickly, but our train is slowly limping down the perona. We're getting into the hustle and bustle of the bustling crowd. Some are going to Sivas with a reed in his hand, some of the father's quarry for many years apart from Erzurum ... The conductor of our tickets is surprised to learn that we are going to Kars: What are you in this weather in Kars? We say that our maxim is to go to the Ani Ruins after completing the journey as a fairy tale. Although he is amazed by our answer, this time he talks about Kars's beauty.
We leave our backpacks in our compartment and explore the train. Bed, padded, pulman, restaurant uz We walk all the wagons in the first half hour of our journey. In this short trip we see that everyone else is familiar with the train journey. Children are sleeping time, parents sipping tea in the evening. Every side of the passenger carriage is filled with guts. The first thing that comes to mind when you say the train journey of cheese and cheeses have already been removed. We turn off the lights of the compartment and watch the vast steppe of Central Anatolia from our window. This feeling of restlessness is divided by the sound of the train moving in the dark of the night. The first stations in our memory are included. We do not have enough time to watch. We come across the first descendants of Yozgat Yerköy town. They're hugging the black cover of the evening.
Watching the stations is another arbitrary but hunger is pushing well. Is it a train ride and not a bread? We are talking about a loaf of bread we bought at Ankara Station. Olives, cheese, tomatoes are coming to tea. We take the apple cinnamon muffins and keep the restaurant. Soup drinkers, grill-eaters are oddly welcome, but the cake and tea duo takes all our fatigue. The snowy mountains are whispering that we have reached Kayseri as we take the last sip. Kemal Gönenç, the wagon officer who does not have any care during our journey, participates in our conversation with his memories.
On the day of the sky, Sivas looks afar. We are witnessing the tan from the back of the train for a long time. The weather we expect to be cold is surprising. A day of summer is starting in Anatolia. In the breakfast on the train, the restaurant staff reminds us that we are in Sivas. Âşık Veysel welcomes the guests with Selda Bağcan songs. Sezen Aksu continues with breakfast songs. While we were drinking tea and talking, Kemal Gönenç, who spent his life on train journeys, came to Eriç village of Erzincan, when we shared one of his memories: iç Last year there was a young man who rode from Eriç. 20 pound in his saddlebag took two pike fish to Ankara. Eriç Deresi's tour is very nice. We insisted, we said to sell one, but we couldn't convince. Ed Haydarpaşa's eyes are full. In the opinion that Doğu Ekspresi'nin neck bent out of Ankara Gönenç: ük We came from Kars to Istanbul for years. I also miss Ankara Express and Istanbul to East. There are no more. They say they will start flights again after this high speed train, but I have no hope. I would love to go to Haydarpaşa even for fish bread. Sadece
When we reach every big city, new passengers are attending as well as those who descend. We encounter the first passengers who will accompany us in the Erzincan and Erzurum stations until Kars. When they say the train, we leave the lines of Haydar Ergülen into the verses of the poets who came to mind first. Of course we arrived in the desert, not through the snowy mountains, to Kars. Again, one afternoon we met at the station. It makes us realize that we have come to the east of Anatolia with its fresh air burning. When we look at the Eastern Express for one last time and say goodbye, we understand that we are the only ones going to Ankara from Ankara.
The next day we start to visit the famous Ordu Street of Kars. All the buildings here are almost Russian. You may think you are in a movie set on Ordu Street, which is decorated with baroque buildings. While we are looking for those feelings, we come across a bank's commercial film set. Our first stop is the mausoleum of Seyyid Abu'l Hasan Harakani, one of the city's spiritual guards. Harakan'den together with his students to come to Anatolia to tell about the great Sufism in Islam, martyred in Kars. There is a silence in the shrine of His Holiness Haji Hamid, who shared the experiences of the scholars such as Ibn-i Sina, Ebu'l Kasim Kuşeyri. Kümbet Mosque right next door offers a photograph of Kars. Only one of dozens of churches converted into a mosque by the conquest of the Seljuks. There are icons representing 12 Apostles in the dome of the mosque. We go to the castle for a panoramic view of the city. We see the Kars River, the mountains behind us, the cute city of ribat. After an unsuspecting view, the aim is to travel thousands of kilometers to Ani Antique City. When we reached the village of Furnace everyone "Turkey would build were destroyed Ani. Sudden were destroyed on Turkey can not build. "We are frequently mentioned.
Historical artifacts keep the city alive
6 of the city. The earliest history that started in the 13th century is leading us to the Armenian Bagrat family. The city of Ani, the crossing point of the historical Silk Road, was an important trade center of Christians until the conquest of Sultan Alparslan. The city is dominated by Turks during Friday prayer performed in the biggest temple of the city. Since then, it has been operating commercially until the earthquake in 1319. It is impossible not to see and admire Arpaçay, which is right next to the border with Armenia. In Ani, you turn your head around and face another wonder. During the occupation, the ruined Silk Road Bridge, Manuchehr Mosque, Fethiye Mosque and Polatoglu Church, Girls Monastery has witnessed dozens of history, such as works, trying to keep the ancient city alive. As everywhere in sight, all structures were sacrificed to vandalism. Not so much, but a few years ago, this depraved city, which has also been affected by the destruction of treasure hunters, now needs care and repair. The cave tricks near Ani are also worth seeing. One of the first settlements in Anatolia, this region is waiting for the moment to return to the old enthusiastic days. As we leave, we are looking at the herd of goats walking around the city with us.
Evliya Celebi, and the last time we go around Kars streets. Goose herds, rope-shaped noodles, stone walls, and blue sky are the last remaining squares. As expected, we prefer to return to Istanbul by bus and train, unlike our 36 hourly journey.

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