As much of the northern hemisphere starts to cool, leaves turn yellow then brown, the southern shores of Turkey are the perfect temperatures. I love going to the beaches on Turkey’s Meditteranean coast.
Antalya, pictured here, is a beautiful southern town! Not only can you go to the beach or take a boat ride during the day, but all around the harbor are fantastic tea houses and restaurants to relax for a pleasantly warm evening.
Have you been to Antalya or any of the southern towns in Turkey? If not, October is the [...]
In the hills of Turkey, along the Black Sea coast, there are a friendly and welcoming people with their own language that you may have never heard of, the Laz people.
Descendants of the Colchis, who you may know from Jason and the Argonauts, the Laz people now live primarily in southern Georgia and northern Turkey. They wear their scarves different than other places, so it is easy to see who they are from a distance. When you get closer, you may also notice that they speak their own language as well. Unfortunately, like many old languages that are [...]
Cappadocia, the rock valley in central Turkey is one of my favorite places on the earth.
While living in Turkey, we drove over to Cappadocia about twice a year. It was a nice weekend away, and we were always able to enjoy beautiful vistas such as this one.
May and June really bring out all the flowers everywhere in the country. The temperature isn’t yet too high, and much of the landscape is still green, although getting browner everyday. It is by far the best time to visit.
I miss Turkey, and of course have been thinking of it [...]
Ani, perched dangerously on the edge of Turkey and overlooking its old host, Armenia, is a fantastic site that not too many people get to go to.
Once a bustling metropolis to rival the other big cities of its time, Ani, has wasted away thanks to invasions, earthquakes, and even modern-day arguments. The land it sits on is still debated upon by the Armenians and the Turks. The Armenians want it back.
As we walked around the ruins, we could feel both Armenian guards, from across the river, and Turkish guards high in the citadel watching us.
Spring and babies! These little falcons are so wide-eyed.
Who doesn’t love it when spring arrives, bringing all manner of new little babies in the world. And I didn’t know how cute falcons could be!
These little guys were hatched in a window cell of an attic way at the top of a huge hill not far from Mardin, Turkey. We weren’t out looking for falcons or their offspring, we were there for the architecture, markets, and Turkish hospitality, but hey, what a bonus!
They are probably at their fuzziest, cutest stage of development. We didn’t bother them for [...]
Lake Van, in eastern Turkey, hosts stunning scenery, a great boat ride, four islands, and an Armenian cathedral turned museum. It’s well worth the visit.
Summer is the best time to vist the Lake Van area of Turkey. It’s elevation is about 5,400 feet, so it’s dry and can be quite cold most parts of the year. In June, the flowers are popping everywhere and the trees and ground are much greener than later in the summer.
One of the most fun things to do is to take a quick 20 minute boat ride to Akdamar Island to visit [...]
In the last few years, I’ve really looked forward to the arrival of the storks. Somehow they know the weather better than us, and they bring with them fresh green leaves on the trees, tulips and daffodils, and other spring colors.
When we were traveling in Israel, we were able to witness them migrating. One day there was a sand and wind storm coming in from northern Africa, and although it made for a pretty miserable day for humans, the tired birds were elated.
“Wow! Where is that?” you ask! “Cappadocia,” I say. “Where is Cappadocia?”
This is a pretty iconic shot of the fairy chimney houses in Goreme, Turkey. The region called Cappadocia is located on the Anatolian side of Turkey, right in the middle. It’s about four hours driving time southeast of Ankara, or you can easily fly within about an hour from anywhere in the country into Nevsehir.
One of the favorite things to do in Cappadocia is to take a hot air balloon ride over the enchanting rock formations. Jim and I never went up in one of the [...]
One of my favorite places in Istanbul, Rumeli Hisari.
For me, it evokes an exoticism, romanticism from days of old.
I imagine brocaded soldiers guarding the fortress with headdresses that scrape the low arched doorways, and their kiliçler (curved swords) swinging at their sides.
I see veiled harem ladies sequestered behind the towers, dancing and telling stories, twittering (the old school way), and eating grapes.
The fortress, albeit impressive and strong, doesn’t really contain much, but it is just so much fun running up and down the towers and sitting under a mulberry tree, snacking on its juicy berries [...]
Taken at one of my favorite sites, these Turkish women go on with life as usual in the midst of some Roman ruins. Uzuncaburç is in southern Turkey not far from Mersin on the Meditteranean coast.
During the four years I lived in Turkey, I went to Uzuncaburç a couple of times a year. Why? The people. The ruins are small, quiet, usually lacking tourists, which I definitely like. But it’s the people who live there that keep drawing me back. Jim and I have become friends with one family in particular, and we just enjoy walking around then [...]