Unfortunately, we don’t have that much time to dedicate to the capital city. Nevertheless, we decided to visit Antikabir, the big tomb complex of Ataturk, the Father of the Turkish homeland, the first President of the Turkish Republic and certainly the emotional heart of the whole Turkish nation. People come from all over the country in a sort of pilgrimage in order to pay tribute to a to a Great Person who has managed to take over the destiny of the people, uniting them by conveying on them a strong patriotic feeling. By walking inside the tomb complex, you can catch the real object of this monument: showing the mightiness and power of this nation. It was built on the top of a hill, and the city view from above is really gorgeous. During our visit, we were also lucky enough to watch the change of the guard; it was very impressive.
A quick tour and then we stroll along the city streets and then head to what is definitely deemed one of the most fascinating, if not the most fascinating, Turkish city: Istanbul.
Along the way, we stop for a revitalizing coffee break, and fill up the fuel tanks of our vehicles; the temperature is dropping, and gray clouds appear on the skyline.
They are the prediction of an impressive shower that we come across a few miles after we get back on the road. Later, we reach the marvelous Istanbul, once known first as Byzantium and later as Constantinople. Crossing the Strait of the Bosphorus, along the 5-km underwater tunnel to reach our hotel, we say goodbye to Asia for this journey and get back to the European area: Istanbul is the only metropolis in the world that belongs to both continents.
The heavy traffic of the 15,000,000 inhabitants can really be felt. We reach the hotel at eight and a half in the evening, just in time for watching from our bedroom windows the wonderful bright red sunset reflecting on the domes of the many mosques which surround us.
One can breathe the suspended atmosphere that is shared between the eastern world and western one.
Tomorrow we will breathe it better.