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Trip Report Trip For Physical, Intellectual, Emotional Exercize

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It was supposed to be a surprise for currently demoralized and torn into pieces Eser. But she reached an emotional peak much earlier than the time I was prepared to divulge, and her need to be pacified would not succumb to endearing words and gestures. So I did disclose and involve her in part of the planning. This way, the choice of our lodging for the part of the trip planned more for her gratification cannot be charged to my my account completely.

Here's the plan :
- Thursday we remove ourselves from depressive Istanbul, inundated by a million kids suddenly commuting to school, and dive to Iznik.

- Saturday morning we leave Iznik and drive to Sagalassos, at Aglasun in Burdur province, a 445 km, ride. Unfortunately Saida Lake which deserves to be visited also lies too far to the West of Aglasun.

- One night at Sagalassos Hotel, which has very good reviews, takes us to our visit to the ancient city.

- After the hike, we take the longer but more scenic Eastern route to Lara district of Antalya, where we have two nights at The Marmara, but possibly not in one of their revolving rooms.

- Tuesday, sees us taking the inland route to Datca via Marmaris, close to 500 km to KaraIncir Bay, (Black Fig Bay) where we shall be at the only resort on the bay for five nights.

- Depending on our budget, we may also take a day to visit Rhodes which is only an hour's ferry cruise away, costing about $150 return.

I would really appreciate advice from readers whether this is recommended. (ferry arrives at Rhodes at 10 AM and leaves at 4 PM, but must be present at 3,)

Tomorrow will be working on packing.

Tuesday is taken up by all day meeting of the Technical Board of the Federation of Asian and African Insurance and Reinsurance Companies' Pool, luncheon and dinner.

Wednesday, financial matters, instructions to doorman and wife who will take care of flowers and cats, bank cash withdrawals if needed, etc.
That is when I will do my brushing up on Sagalassos and its history.

I will try to report every day or every other day. Will take my communicating laptop and also my old gaming laptop which has XP operating system making it possible to play all heroes and civilizations games without a hitch.

First report may be on Thursday, on the status of the people, animals, plants and sunsets at Darka, Iznik.

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