Gaziantep Part II – What to eat, drink & buy, when to go, how to get there & where to stay

The two devastating earthquakes that struck south eastern Turkey in the early hours of Monday and again around midday, 6 February 2023 continue to effect the people of Gaziantep. However the city is once again welcoming visitors. Tourism dollars go some way to normalising life but there is still a lot to be done. If…

A Visit to Hatay and Gaziantep (aka Tesaduf Travels)

I’ve often said Istanbul isn’t so much a metropolis as a series of small interconnected villages and a recent set of coincidences I experienced has really confirmed this belief. One day I was looking for a Whatsapp chat I’d had with someone at an animal shelter on this side of Istanbul ages ago. By chance…

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…