John and I traveled to Turkey by train at the time the last few hours of which 3 day journey were on an ancient Turkish steam train. Unfortunately the only train slide is of a small station which we stopped at en route.
None of the bridges across the Bosporus had been constructed by 1970 so the crossings to and from Asia were made by fairly efficient ferries some of which were steamers.
I believe the first bridge was completed in 1973.
Many of the Turkish bus routes in 1970 were privately owned and run and we traveled to Ankara on one such.
A vivid memory I have was of the bus pulling up at a remote waterfall where everyone else drank the fresh water straight from the gushing stream.
After a little persuasion we drank too and the delicious cold water was the most thirst quenching and refreshing I have ever enjoyed.
The caves at Goreme were then inhabited mostly by Turkish Christians as I recollect though most are apparently empty or deserted today
Yours truly aged about 19 I think is on the right hand photo
My BU friend aged then about 20 is on the photo below
Shortly after arriving in Istanbul there were some serious riots against the USA involvement in Vietnam as an American 6th Feet aircraft carrier had just docked there for refueling and as I recall diplomacy, which rather backfired literally. A number of people were shot dead by the riot police we managed to take shelter in a nearby student union building.
The USA Aircraft carrier can just I think be made out on the left steaming away from Istanbul
We met two English girls in Istanbul one of whom subsequently became a close friend of an American Vietnam War draft dodger. He taught at a school in Tottenham London as I recall and lived round the corner from my day job office. Often at lunchtime I would give him a game of chess at his flat but usually lose.
He returned to the States upon one of the Presidents there issuing notices absolving such draft dodgers from prosecution years after the USA's withdrawal from Vietnam.
I think his UK girlfriend (Rose) also emigrated with him but am not sure if they eventually married.
John was taught the Turkish board game of Tavela which I think is depicted being played on the right photo
The two British girls on the right drink juice and above with tea, were fun to meet and be with then though sadly have not been in recent contact. Although many Turkish young lads laughed or perhaps ogled at their dressing style, the locals were not difficult or critical bearing in mind that Western Freedoms were then fairly recent in the UK.