Today was our last day in Ankara
we would be heading back to Istanbul
and we decided to do this by a different means of public transport, the humble train! After breakfast of which half I gave to Zehra as even after a month I still can't bring myself to eating tomatoes and cucumber this time of morning! we caught a taxi to the train station to get our tickets. We bought tickets that would leave Ankara at 3:10pm so that gave us the morning to explore more so we walked to Attaturks Mausoleum (Anit Kabir). It took us a good half hour to get there, at the entrance to the driveway we had to have our bags scanned at the gatehouse then it was another 10 minute walk up a long driveway flanked by lovely gardens.
As we approached the tomb which you couldn't miss given the amount of marble involved! you climbed up some stairs where two buildings faced each other, one was the Tower of Liberty which had displays of Attaturks funeral. The other building was the Tower of Independence which had detailed models of the Mausoleum. We quickly explored both before strolling down Lion Road a long walkway with Lion Statues lining each side. The path leads to a massive courtyard framed by colonaded walkways that led into a large tomb as well as the museum. We first walked up the steps to the tomb before heading into the museum. The museum was huge and was packed with everything Attaturk, his life history and his possessions. There was also displays of various battles over the century's including Gallipoli, the displays were excellent with gun battle noises and the feeling you were there.
Lion Road - Attaturk's Mausoleum
After an hour or so the Attaturk displays got a bit much for me so I pressed on ahead of Zehra and waited for her outside. I went over and took more pictures of the surrounding courtyard before returning to my waiting spot in the hot sun, now and then I would look inside the shop where the museum exited to see if I could see Zehra. While sitting there waiting a procession took place and I scrambled in my bag for my small camera only to find to my horror it wasn't there! I emptied my bag totally and it was no where to be found, I panicked and starting looking around for it, roaming the courtyard and retracing my steps. I know I had it when I came out of the museum because I took some photo's with it at the far end of the courtyard but I must of put it down next to me and when I got up to see where Zehra was I must of left it and of course it would of got swiped as the place was teaming with tourists.
Lion Road - Attaturk's Mausoleum
When Zehra eventually came out I told her the news and she asked the shop people and all the other staff around the place if it had been handed in, sadly a negative response. We spent the next half hour looking for it and asking around but I can only imagine that I had left it on the step and someone took it. My day was spoilt, I was seriously mad with myself for being so careless and even more so for not backing up the last two days photo's. We only had an hour or so before we had to catch the train so I didn't even have time to report it to the Ankara police. We took the shuttle bus back to the gatehouse and reported it there leaving our Istanbul hotel contact number with them just in case.
We took a taxi back to the hotel grabbed our bags then took another taxi to the train station.
Lion's that guard Lion's Road - Attaturk's Mausoleum
The train journey was quite pleasant and took about 5 hours. It made a change from the bus as you had more room to move there were toilets on board and a restaurant car so a much more comfortable journey than the bus. The train only went as far as Karakoy so we had to get the ferry across to Eminonu then take the tram to our hotel which didn't take too long.