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Re: 18 hans and other sites

Post by steve » Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:51 pm

I've used economy for over six years both in Turkey (several times) and throughout Europe. I have had nothing but good experiences and unbeatable prices but I understand that everyone's experiences are different.


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Re: 18 hans and other sites

Post by David Morgan » Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:20 pm

I see I missed one. I thought this one was Kızılören Han, but it appears to be Kandemir Han.

Kızılören Han seems to be about 8km farther east, here.

Also, I couldn't be bothered to hunt down Horozlu Han in Konya. Looks like a good place for lunch one day, here's their menu, I think I'd go for no.3.

I see I also missed Dibidelik Han on the outskirts of Konya on the Beyşehir road. It appears to have been converted into a restaurant, probably with a good view overlooking Konya.

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Re: 18 hans and other sites

Post by David Morgan » Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:03 pm

One more han clocked up on my recent visit - Çardak Han - in pretty good condition.

Also revisited Ak Han, again closed. Totally renovated and looking pristine, and now advertised as a restaurant according to the huge banner draped across it.

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Re: 18 hans and other sites

Post by David Morgan » Tue Jun 17, 2014 7:38 pm

I've just spent 3+ hours motorcycling on some of the worst dirt tracks I've ever travelled in search of Tol Hanı and I didn't find it. Back here in Side I see from Open Street Map that I missed it by only about 50 metres and went several kilometres past it! I should have done some research on the net first instead of relying on what appeared to be an easy road shown on my map!

One for another visit, now I know where it is.

Here's some video of the track - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1mEjaMt3gA

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Re: 18 hans and other sites

Post by David Morgan » Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:38 pm

Another han that I stopped at last year was Çay Han which was locked, and I see I missed the medrese next door.

I also missed Sahipata Han which I went to look for but my map had it on the wrong side of the road, it's really in the centre of Sultandağı.

Note to self - do more research before looking for these places.

I'm gradually working my way through Katharine Branning's list of Seljuk Hans (25 so far). I've just ordered her new novel - Moon Queen.

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Re: 18 hans and other sites

Post by turkeytom » Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:21 pm

Can't resist butting in here:

1. RENTAL CAR COMPANIES: economycaarrentals.com, based in Greece, is not economycarhire.com, a TurkeyTravelPlanner.com (TTP) partner based in the UK. At least one TTP traveler used economycarrentals.com, thinking it was economycarhire.com, was quite disappointed with the service, and reported this to me. I informed the traveler of the mistake. The traveler had contacted economycaarrentals.com hoping to put matters right, and to the company's credit, they did (I think by a refund, at least partial.)

TTP has two car rental/hire partners:

Economy Car Hire (UK): http://www.economycarhire.com/click.php?adm=622&adt=14

RentalCars.com: http://www.rentalcars.com/?affiliateCod ... velplanner

Using them does not guarantee flawless service (nothing can), but I trust these companies to do their best by TTP travelers.

2. MOTOR FUEL: Rental/hire cars using Euro-Dizel (ultra low sulphur diesel fuel) can achieve extraordinary mileage/kilometrage, up to 40+ miles per US gallon. Euro-Dizel is usually a bit cheaper than gasoline/petrol in Turkey. Although regular "dirty" diesel fuel (mazot) is readily available at Turkish fuel stations, Euro-Dizel is not quite universal (yet). No problem finding it on major highways and in big cities, but if you go off the beaten track, monitor your fuel tank and keep a reserve in case the next fuel stations does not provide it. Here's more:

http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/tran ... index.html

http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/trans/Car/fuel.html

3. SELJUK TURKISH CARAVANSARAYS: One of my favorite features of the Anatolian countryside. There is a bilingual (Turkish & English) book on them: Selçuklu Kervansarayları, by Cengiz Bektaş. English title: The Seljuk Caravanserais: A Proposal Regarding Their Protection and Use. Istanbul: Yapı-Endüstri Merkezi A.Ş., May 1999, ISBN 975-7438-75-8. Profusely illustrated with quality color photos and architectural plans, it not only lists and describes them, but includes material on their builders and the era in which they lived.

Here's more:

http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/arch ... erais.html

Tom Brosnahan


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