Category Archives: Turkey

ISTANBUL KADIKOY AND GOODBYE UNTIL NEXT TIME

It is a good feeling to be back to one of the worlds greatest cities. After visiting so many new places it is comforting to be back to the familiar. The sights along the way have been good but there … Continue reading

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KONYA RUMI AND THE DUETTING MUEZZINS ….. draft

The bus trip to Konya was going to be my last trip across the Anatolian plains and at this time of the year the sun was lower, and that never ending sky was a lighter blue and the end of … Continue reading

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CAPPADOCIA ..WONDERLAND

  I was told by Turkish friends that after Istanbul, Ephesus and Cappadocia were the must see 2 places in Turkey, and six weeks later I was on a small local bus heading for Ushisar. As we dropped down from … Continue reading

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KAYSERI CEASAREA

  wandered down to the station from the hotel, picking up some fruit and water on the way for the journey. I had no idea how long it was going to take as had been given widely varying times from … Continue reading

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ERZURUM THEODOPOLIS PUSHKIN AND I

Pushkin travelled to Erzurum from the fortress at Kars while I took the route over the Pontic Mountains from Trabzon. OK there was nearly a 200 year time difference. There have been so few documented well known travellers to Erzurum … Continue reading

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TRABZON ..THE MOUNTAINS .. UZUNGOL AND SUMELA

The English speaking manager at the Nur Hotel had found me a hire car for a couple of days. It was a cash only deal and they didn’t want to see my driving license or use a credit card as … Continue reading

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TRABZON TRABIZOND

Istanbul’s second airport Gokcen is so far out of town the cost of the taxi there is higher than the cost of any plane ticket, flying domestically with Pegasus is incredibly cheap. I looked around my fellow passengers and noted … Continue reading

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The Bridge Galata Köprüsü

The Aya Sofia, the Blue Mosque the Galata bridge among a few others are part of totemic importance to the Istanbullus. Long before I ever thought of visiting Istanbul I saw a documentary about Istanbul on Thalassa a French tv … Continue reading

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BACK TO ISTANBUL, THE PEOPLE, THE POLITICS AND BEAUTIFUL BUYUKADA draft

Driving back into Istanbul from Ataturk airport felt totally different to a few weeks before but no less exciting. The landscape and seascape were now familiar, along with the classic architecture of the Mosques, Topkapi, the Galata tower and the … Continue reading

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ISTANBUL EPHESUS AND THE AEGEAN SEA .

Friday evening in Istanbul or Beyoglu to be more precise, is a shock to the eardrums. Walking up the hill to and arriving at Independence street the noise was phenomenal.. It was the audible equivalent of opening a very hot … Continue reading

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