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Travel Photo: Ortahisar in Cappadocia
A full moon on the rise and snow-capped Mount Erciyes (Central Anatolia’s highest peak) beyond, but center stage here is the small fortress carved from a natural rock outcrop in…
Gaziantep Baklava: Zeki İnal
Photos by Preamtip Satasuk Turkey’s most iconic dessert, baklava is a necessary part of the Turkey travel experience. The origins of baklava aren’t always well documented and other cultures –…
Neolithic Göbekli Tepe and Temple Tantrums
This is Part Two of the story from Urfa: Mustafa and a Neolithic Rant I had emailed Professor Schmidt some weeks before and he informed me his springtime digging…
Get Your Fresh Leeches
For over 2,000 years, the practice of bloodletting was considered a normal medical treatment, often prescribed and performed by doctors. A good method was to apply leeches. There is some…
Angry on the Bus: A Turkey Tale
In all my years of going to Turkey – regularly since the year I lived there in 1997-1998 – I had never seen so much anger and violence. And I’m…
While there is a lot of mingling of regional cuisines down in southeastern Turkey along the border with Syria, I can’t say I’ve had much in the way of hummus….
Down a “pasaj” we found it: Zuzu Tavuk ve Ciğer Salonu. ”Clean and cheap,” our hotel manager told us. Delicious just went without saying. Like most kebap grills in Urfa…
I love Turkish breakfast (kahvaltı). I’ve said it before, but breakfast is a personal thing. I’ll eat the fear factor foods – ooh bugs! Fish eyeballs! Raw horse or raw…
After nearly 11 hours on a bus from Nevşehir in Cappadocia, we arrived in Şanlıurfa just before midnight. We took a taxi to our hotel, Hotel Uğur, an aging sort…
Papirüs Café and the Alley of Tea and Coffee It was another one of those moments. The map said go right, and I figured that going left – a lane…
This is the hotel we stayed at in Urfa (or Şanlıurfa): Hotel Ugur. We’d stay there again. The price was cheap, the rooms were adequate, maybe a bit small. Understand…
Posted on May 31, 2014 | No CommentsPhoto by Rebecca F The first time I had menemen was in Kadıköy, part of the Asian side of Istanbul, on my first trip to the city the year I...
Posted on May 30, 2014 | 1 CommentIf you are looking for a signed copy of Michigan’s Best Beer Guide, come out to one of these fine establishments and meet me. (A few of them serve beer...
Posted on May 30, 2014 | No CommentsI’ve been chipping away at seeing every bit of Turkey I can, ever since I lived here back in 1997-1998. Last year, when I was on a yogurt panel at...
Posted on May 30, 2014 | No CommentsSweets of Gaziantep I’m standing in the street around dusk and my fingers are sticky, my pen is sticky, a spot under my nose, the pages of my little notepad,...
Posted on May 22, 2014 | 4 CommentsIf you come to Cappadocia looking to get away from it all, you might want to consider a location other than Göreme. This was my third trip to Turkey’s incredible...
Posted on April 29, 2014 | 1 CommentEvery once in a while I come across a scrap of something I never posted and today I found a few sentences about baby elephants. Enough to make me go...
Posted on April 12, 2014 | 4 CommentsI always have to remind myself that if I explain cheese, that amazing delicious substance I love and cherish from my home state of Wisconsin, it probably sounds rather disgusting...
Posted on April 8, 2014 | 3 CommentsAt first I could ignore them. A couple of vague spots might show up in the clouds on a wide shot or were hidden inside darker images. I could always...
Posted on April 4, 2014 | 5 CommentsIf there is one thing I hate – and believe me, there is way more than one – it’s the airport restroom. Especially when traveling alone and you have no...
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