A day in the Holy City
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Had a great nightâ€™s sleep the beds were so comfortable and it was lovely and quiet. We had a knock on the door, it was breakfast delivery! We decided to eat it outside in the lounge area, this hotel had no formal dining room. Breakfast was different from what we have had before toasted cheese sandwich with dried apricots and berry fruit yogurt. We had a whole day in Konya so we ventured out to see what there was to see and do, we had read about the Mevlana museum so that was our first stop. The Melvana museum is the former lodging of the whirling Dervishes. The entrance fee was a cheap 3 Lira and you entered into a pretty courtyard. The first room you enter is the calligraphy room, no signs were in English so Zehra interpreted! This room then led to a room housing Melvanaâ€™s tomb which was the largest and covered in velvet shrouds with gold embroidery. Other tombs of Dervishes were around all covered in lovely shrouds. In another room was various copies of very old Qurans, old prayer rugs one being Melvanaâ€™s and a casket containing strands of Mohammedâ€™s beared. The museum was fairly small and only took us about 45 minutes to get through it. Across the courtyard from the museum entrance is a building containing mannequin displays of the life of the Whirling Dervishes which was interesting. We were hoping to get to see a performance of the Whirling Dervishes but they only perform on Saturday nights this time of year which was disappointing for us, hopefully we will catch a show in some other town or back in Istanbul. After wondering the museum we headed to the shop then sat down and discussed what to see next. We heard that the small village of Sille was nice so we decided to go there. As we headed up the main drag looking for the bus stop a bloke approached and greeted us in English, so there were English speaking Turks in Konya! After asking us where we were from he said there were two important sights to see in Konya firstly the Melvana museum to which my response was we have already seen it, then he said the second most important thing to see is his shop!!! Hahaha I gave him points for humour. Zehra starting speaking to him in Turkish asking him where the bus stop was for Sille, he asked us to follow him and the next minute we were in his shop!!! OH NO how did we end up here! Anyway he gave us a cup of tea and a decent map then gave us a spiel on Konya, then of course he tried to sell us a carpet, next he only saw dust as we sped out the door!! We found the bus stop then had to wait half an hour so in the meantime I gave hubby a call.
Sille was about a 20 minute bus ride and was a dusty village of old stone beam houses.