I seem to find myself coming across steam trains in various states of disrepair throughout my trip. Sometimes in museums, sometimes just outside train stations. Given I’ve now amassed quite a few photos of these I thought I would put up a new part of my blog to show them off, away from the eyes of those who might think this all “a bit sad…..”
I’m not (he said defensively) actually a particular train geek so I have no idea what the identity of most of these trains are, and even when they was a plaque or something saying what they were its not something I have cared to note down. Instead what I’ve done is split them down into where they can be found. (links will be added to this post as I upload the pages or can be found in the page menu on the left.)
I like the “elephant graveyard” feel of a lot of these places, at the photos I take reflect that. I tend to prefer the ones left to rust and decay.
Having dragged myself away from Istanbul, I’ve enjoyed relaxing and taking in some of Turkey’s other famous attractions. The Roman ruins at Ephesus and the tourist and ballooning hotspot of Cappadocia. Both were good, but neither stood out. Ephesus, with its crowds does compare rather unfavourable to some of the lonely ancient cities I’ve seen in the deserts of the Middle East, and the Temple of Artemis, is definitely another candidate for most underwhelming former wonder of the world. Meanwhile Cappadocia, whilst not as overrun with tourists as I perhaps expected, lacks something in the way of atmosphere, however pretty the sight of 50+ balloons taking off at dawn might be, and however many phallic shape rocks it might have lying around, just inviting men to revert to their 12-year-old selves and take stupid pictures.
This travel blogging lark is actually quite hard. I’m conscious it is all too easy for any post to turn into a list of “and then I did this, and then I ate that…. etc etc.” so I end up putting off writing posts in the hope something dramatically interesting will happen. It also takes up a lot of time just to write the things, and trying to upload and publish them over dodgy wi-fi connections can make it even more difficult and time consuming. This at any rate is my excuse for not having posted any updates in two weeks. Its also because, having arrived in Istanbul I have found myself pretty much full on occupied with going around visiting the many different historical sites and markets around the city which has left little time for putting together another post. However when planning my trip, Istanbul always appeared to be the first major milestone in my journey to Tokyo so despite the lack of anything dramatically interesting (or repeatable at any rate) happening, I was determined to find some opportunity to put together a few words on this fascinating city, as well as to give a more general update on how my onwards travel plans are evolving. Its just been a case of finding the time…