Eastern Turkey Adventures

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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.

Man with horse, 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 Hosapkale
Truck 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 courtyard
Ishak 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

Read more about my Eastern Turkey adventures, the people, customs, traditions and my life here in Exploring Turkish Landscapes: Crossing Inner Boundaries.

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