Monthly Archives: October 2011

From Tarsus to Antioch, and the Syrian Gates

Tarsus, Adana, to Ceyhan, Aşağiburnaz, Payas and over the Syrian Gates (pass) to Iskenderun. Tarsus shares a history with the rest of the coastal lowland strip between the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean.   This strip has been a contact point … Continue reading

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Das Meistgebrauchte aus der Reiseapotheke

Wahrend den ueber 2500km des Zu-Fuss-Unterwegsseins haben ich mich stets auf meine Beine und Fuesse verlassen koennen – fuer jeden Schritt, den ich seit Beginn der Pilgerreise getan habe. In den letzten Tagen schaute ich beim Gehen immer wieder auf … Continue reading

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Tarsus

We know that Alexander was not the first to use the Cilisian Gates, and that it remained the major Roman Route into the Byzantine Period (there is an earlier milestone in a service station dated to 232 AD) – for … Continue reading

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Tarsus to Canterbury – 26th. March 668

Can I introduce you to Theodore of Tarsus? Having arrived in Tarsus (more of that later) from Canterbury, I feel a great affinity with this native of Tarsus who ended up at the very start of my journey but 1300 years earlier … Continue reading

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Losing it….

It’s no secret that I have always regarded the baseball cap as a poor and unreliable replacement for the cricket style hat worn by most long distance walkers! Well I am wearing the same old faded hat that started on … Continue reading

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Ulukişla to Çiftehan. Into the Cilician Gates

From Ulukişla we begin to leave the Anatolian Plateau to the Cilician Coast, a journey of around 100km, or five days along the old and now defunct winding mule track. We are taking a route which has been an artery … Continue reading

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1300m and the heating’s off!

Well, dear readers. In 44 C shade temperature in Italy,  I never believed I would complain about the cold, ever again.  What inconsistent beings are humans… So, I can say that in this less than 5 star hotel in, Ulusomething, … Continue reading

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Cappadocia

Although it is to the surprise to our great Cappadocian host, Hasan,  the area now full of waddling Western coach parties was one of the first areas of Christianity.  Paul of Tarsus passed this way several times. The Cappadocian Fathers of … Continue reading

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Şereflikoçhisar to Aksaray

From uninspiring but friendly Şereflikoçhisar we headed off today along the 4 lane highway across the high, dry Anatolian plane –  with the intention of closing the 67km  distance to Aksaray – a cross-road town from Silk Road days.  There … Continue reading

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Şereflikoçhisar – Central Anatolia

We are just before Şereflikoçhisar on the high, dry plain of Central Anatolia.  The Countryside reminds of Tibet, but only for moments – it is at around 1000m and has much more air than the lofty Tibetan Plateau. The town … Continue reading

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