Category Archives: Turkey

Kars, Turkey – Coolness, Culture and Kebabs

Low expectations Kars was a kinky little surprise that we hadn’t been expecting. We knew we were up for a gruelling, winding, 9 hour, two bus, trip into the mountains from Trabzon to see Ani, but we figured it was … Continue reading

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Ani, Turkey – Opposing Views and a Lost City

Breathtaking Journey “There is no way we could have done it. We were too busy fighting the war in the West and the South and everywhere!” said our guide adamantly. We were cruising along in his car, funky slightly belly-dancerish … Continue reading

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Diyarbakir – Mourning Songs, Sticks and Stones

The clicking of prayer beads, round and round in the fingers of the old men, lends a soft background beat to the heartfelt songs of their Kurdish history. One by one the men take their turn in this centuries’ old … Continue reading

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Mardin Markets, Dara Ruins and an old Monastery….

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Marvellous Mardin – Alleyways and Arches

Still in Mesopotamia, Mardin is amazing.  Its original habitation apparently dates back to 4000 BC  and, like Harran, it is considered one of the longest continuously inhabited places on earth. Mardin began its current life as a fortified hilltop castle … Continue reading

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Behind closed doors…. Run down on the Silk Road?!

The two young Turkish guys that welcomed us into our chosen hostel in Mardin must not have known what hit them when these two girls turned up around six o’clock at night and turned down cups of tea and a … Continue reading

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More Mesopotamian Magic… without words.

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Mesopotamia – The Cradle of Civilisation rocks!

Mesopotamia.  Land between the great fertile valleys of the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers. Often referred to as the Cradle of Civilisation. We are buzzing, skirting the Syrian border, and eventually we will have crossed both rivers.  Aleppo is just 100k away … Continue reading

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Urfa – Birthplace of Mankind

The muezzin are calling us to prayer.  From at least seven minarets I would say, at first in sequence coming closer and closer to our beds, then away again, then all calling over each other. It is 4.30am. There is … Continue reading

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Gastronomy in Gaziantep… and everywhere!

Gaziantep, in South East Turkey, is known across Turkey for its pistachios and for making possibly the world’s best baklava.  I did not need a second invitation to head here! The food we have been eating in Turkey is mind-blowing … Continue reading

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