15th October: left Tafoni Caves Hotel in Cappadocia with a libation poured over the bus by the staff, who waved us goodbye. That included the big taciturn man who chewed gum constantly and who carried our bags up to our rooms. We drove to Çatalhöyük, a Neolithic archaeological site. We ate a picnic lunch, toured the site, and reviewed the small museum.
The Çatalhöyük Touristic Gift Shop
Part of the dig at Çatahöyük
The museum at Çatahöyük had very informative displays but I was more interested in the backgrounds, which included these examples of mekik oya (tatted lace edgings).
Drove to Konya, where we checked in to the Hich Hotel, (ours was the Asi room, as the rooms did not have numbers, only palindromic names). We then went to the Mevlana Museum just over the road from the hotel, where the Dervishes were trained.
After we had a rest in the afternoon we emerged, and so did Judy, Tony, and Kate and Jane. We walked around town, bought some dates and apricots, and some gluten free bread for Louise. While Judy was buying the bread in the very crowded and busy little bakery, A local carpet dealer learned we were Australian and steered us to a terrace top restaurant where I ate lamb cutlets, and chips, we listened to the muezzin and admired the crescent moon.