Driving to Güzelyurt
It was an early morning departure from Müstafapaşa for our next destination, Güzelyurt.
I don't think I've mentioned Jimmy yet. Jimmy lives in Istanbul and traveled with us on the tour, being 'in training' as a future guide. I have no doubt that he'll be great. He was an asset to our trip, enhancing Mert's information with additional stories and facts. Rick's tours of Turkey are collaborative with a local tour company and the guides we've met are outstanding and impressively knowledgeable.
"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple." - Dr. Seuss
In Güzelyurt, our group was fortunate to meet with the village's imam. We all sat inside the village mosque while he discussed Islam with us and politely answered our questions. If everyone had these opportunities, I think our world would be a different place.
After leaving Güzelyurt, it was going to be a long drive to the southern coast and our eventual destination, Antalya, but the road looked inviting.
"It's opener, out there, in the wide open air." - Dr. Seuss
There were stables along the walls for the animals and an open area which we discovered would have probably had a travelers' market for supplies.
These 'inns' would provide food, water, and rest for travelers and their animals. It was hard to believe that this caravansary, so well preserved, had been here since the 13th century!
Is it an oasis?? No, it's a desert caravansary - a place for us to water our camels! In fact, we learned that the road we were taking to Antalya was the route of the Silk Road which for centuries was a trade route between Asia and Europe.
During our stop at the caravansary, we too were able to obtain food, water, and rest. After snacks and a few extra stretches, we climbed back onto the bus for the rest of our journey to Konya.
Konya - Tomb and Museum of Mevlana Rumi
Our trip to Konya was short. Konya is a large city with over 1 million residents and our primary intention was to visit the mausoleum of Mevlana Rumi.
"Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I'll meet you there." - Mevlana Rumi
I've long been inspired by the poetry of Mevlana Rumi and his message of tolerance which spans all cultures and religions and I looked forward to our visit to his tomb and the museum of his teachings. Rumi was a Persian poet philosopher in the 13th century. His writings have inspired for centuries.
After a tour of the site and grounds, we were able to enter the mausoleum, where his tomb lies. I witnessed much emotion as pilgrims from all over came to honor his teachings and pay homage to his life.
"What you seek, is seeking you." - Rumi