Turkey has the distinction of spanning two continents.  Spending time in Istanbul is a must.  But my focus this time will be to make a circle through the country going East.  I hope to reach some of the lesser visited sites, particularly some of  the UNESCO monuments and some of the monuments on the waiting list for UNESCO approval, in central and eastern Turkey before returning to Istanbul.  From Prehistoric villages, to Hittite cities, to natural wonders, to the glory of the Ottomans – this country has it all.  Going by bus will slow me down.  But then – the path is as much the goal as the sites themselves.  One month can not do justice to this vast and varied country but I know I will hear and see more than I can imagine now.   ET