Eastern Turkey Adventures

For many people, Turkey stops in Istanbul. Drawn here by the chance for adventure, work schedules and low wages mean a lot of foreigners don’t get an opportunity to see much of the country. Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Eastern Turkey several times, first with my now husband, and later with a group of university students. In 2001 we travelled on our own for four weeks and saw some incredible scenery and met wonderful people. The second time round was in 2004 when we were with 52 students who ate, sang, talked and danced non-stop for four days and three nights. We only managed to grab a total of twelve hours sleep over the whole trip but still had a terrific time.

Here is a selection of some of the many highlights from Eastern Turkey. The photographs are courtesy of my husband Kim Hewett.

Mt Ararat, Eastern Turkey

Haystacks with Mt Ararat in the background

Come and see the saddle makers in Kahramanmaras!

Kahramanmaraş saddlemakers

Beautiful scenery around Erzerum, Turkey.On the road to Erzerum

Truck drivers in HosapkaleTruck drivers at Hoşapkale

The mind-blowingly beautiful Ishak Pasa Saray, Dogabeyazit, Turkey.Countryside around Ishak Paşa Palace, Doğubeyazit

Don't forget to stock up on honey in Kars!Honey shop in Kars

The famous cift minare, Erzerum.Entry to the Çifte Minareli, Erzerum

Check out the environmentally sustainable beehive houses in Harran!Beehive houses in Harran

Contemplating the meaning of life at Zemek Dam.Me eating a banana at Zemek Dam

The spectacular and haunting ruins of Ani, Kars.Armenian ruins at Ani, near Kars

They dry wool in Dogubeyazit, not just washing!Drying wool in Doğubeyazit

Sit down for the last supper in Mardin.The last super at Deyru’z Zafaran, Mardin

Stock up on handmade copper pots in Kahramanmaras!Copper shop in Kahramanmaraş

The ethereal Ishak Pasa Palace courtyardIshak Paşa Palace courtyard, Doğubeyazit

See who's a champion footballer in Kars.Football kids in Kars

Go native with us in Eastern Turkey.Me & Kim on the bus going to Şanliurfa

You can learn more about my life in Turkey, the people, customs and traditions, in my book “Exploring Turkish Landscapes: Crossing Inner Boundaries”. Available in paperback and ebook forms.

About Goreme1990

I’m Lisa Morrow, the person behind www.insideoutinistanbul.com. I was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up a leafy middle class North Shore suburb. After finishing high school I went to Sydney University but failed to find my niche. After working as a public servant, cleaner, sales assistant, waitress, bar maid and car counter, I went overseas. Once there I hitchhiked through the UK, travelled in Europe and arrived in Turkey just as the Gulf War was starting. My three months stay in the small central Anatolian village of Göreme changed my life. On my return to Australia I earned a BA Honours Degree in Sociology from Macquarie University. An academic career beckoned but the call to travel was louder. After several false starts I moved to Turkey and lived there for ten years. In 2017 I moved to Lisbon, Portugal, but continue to travel regularly to Istanbul. In addition to my blog I've written a travel narrative memoir called "Waiting for the Tulips to Bloom: Adrift in Istanbul" and two collections of essays, "Inside Out In Istanbul: Making Sense of the City" and "Exploring Turkish Landscapes: Crossing Inner Boundaries". I have a regular segment on San Francisco Turkish radio and in early 2017 I released an audio walking tour called "Stepping back through Chalcedon: Kadikoy Walk", through VoiceMap. In addition I write for various international and Australian magazines and websites, as well as for this blog. A full list of my published articles, with links, can be found on the Writing on Turkey and Writing Beyond Turkey pages.
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3 Responses to Eastern Turkey Adventures

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  2. Selin says:

    Amazing. I havent seen these places yet even though I`m Turkish.

  3. Looks amazing… planning to see some more of Turkey in the schools winter break… need to get out of Istanbul, its great but rather stifling!!

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