Mount Nemrut

Mount Nemrut

It’s still dark when I arrive and make my way slowly up a steep path on Mount Nemrut. Although I can hear voices it feels like I’m an intrepid explorer on the edge of an enormous discovery. Once I reach the top I stop to catch my breath. All I can see are murky, shadowy…

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Visit Eastern Turkey – All singing, all dancing Part II

Read on to find out what happened on my Eastern Turkey tour with 52 students who sang, danced and ate the whole time. There was very little sleep to be had! …We were headed for Harran, a small town famous for its beehive shaped houses made from dried mud. Disappointingly, when we arrived I saw…

Touring Eastern Turkey – All Singing, All Dancing
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Touring Eastern Turkey – All Singing, All Dancing

Back in 2004 I worked at Erciyes University in central Turkey. When some of the final year students approached me to be a chaperone on a four day three night trip touring Eastern Turkey I jumped at the chance. This is an excerpt from a longer complete story. “As instructed, we arrived at the faculty…

Turkey in Winter

Turkey in Winter

Those of you who have been on holiday on the west coast of Turkey may never have experienced the magic of a Turkish winter. Although it may be cold, the scenery is often breathtaking. Here’s a selection of my favourite scenes from Turkey in Winter. On the road to Antalya, February, 2004 On the balcony,…

Goreme – if you look you’ll find yourself*

Goreme – if you look you’ll find yourself*

When I arrived in Goreme for the first time, it was high summer. Nestled in the Anatolian heartland, Goreme was a traditional farming community like any other in Turkey except for its spectacular landscape. The arid countryside, already aged and yellowed over thousands of years, glared harshly under the heat of the day. My head…