Turkey…Through the Funnel

Turkey…Through the Funnel

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Through the Funnel | 10 Comments

This is the first in our series – “…Through the Funnel”. It is a way for us to share 12 aspects that stood out to us in our experience of the country and its people. Most aspects will be things we consistently observed along the way and either found amusing, enlightening or cross cutting throughout the region. […]

Chasing Mount Ararat

Chasing Mount Ararat

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Travelogue | One Comment

“My grandfather would always request that my father bring back bags of sugar from his travels, but then proceed to lock them up in a cabinet and never consumed the sugar himself.  When I asked why, he would say, ‘the sugar is only for the guests’…this, is Kurdish hospitality.” Bilal recounts.   Moving towards the […]

The Lakes of Tatvan

The Lakes of Tatvan

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Travelogue | 2 Comments

The road from Mardin to Tatvan is a prime example of the diversity in Turkey’s landscape. Travelling through the country, it feels more like 5 countries in one, there are stunning turquoise beaches of the Aegean coast to the west, the nougat ice cream scoop rock formations of Capadoccia in the centre, huge crystal salt […]

Mardin in the Land between the Rivers

Mardin in the Land between the Rivers

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Travelogue | One Comment

“Mesopotamia, comes from the ancient Greek⎜Μεσοποταμία⎜meaning “the land between rivers” -Tigris and Euphrates. It cradles most of modern-day Iraq, Kuwait, Northeastern Syria and Southeastern Turkey.” The landscape dries up as we head further south and further east along Turkey’s edge. The wind sucks out every moist drop as dust particles swirl and rise in the afternoon […]

The Gaziantep “Atom” Smoothie

The Gaziantep “Atom” Smoothie

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Inspiration from the Road | No Comments

We’ve already gone over the mouth-watering goodies we discovered in the food-obsessed town of Gaziantep, what we did not expect to find, was the best smoothie we have had in a long time. We had not one, not two, but four of them in the two days we were in town.  With summer fast approaching, […]

Gorging on Gaziantep’s Goodies

Gorging on Gaziantep’s Goodies

“People from Istanbul think that Gaziantep cuisine consists of several kinds of kebabs, bulgur wheat, baklava and pistachio nuts. What a pity! What ignorance! These are the tips of the iceberg…Gaziantep, the meeting point of cultures since ancient times, is the richest and most developed city of the region in terms of food culture. An […]

Sweet Sweet Safranbolu

Sweet Sweet Safranbolu

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Travelogue | 2 Comments

What do you do when you have a week of visa-waiting in Ankara? Why you go to Safranbolu, of course! Only a three hour bus-ride from Ankara, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Safranbolu makes a perfect little escapade from the city streets of the Turkish capital. Sometimes referred to as one of Turkey’s prettiest […]

Likya Yolu – Hiking the Lycian Way

Likya Yolu – Hiking the Lycian Way

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Travelogue | 2 Comments

So far on our journey, we have generally proceeded without too much planning, not sure of where we will go next, when, how we would get to our next destination, happy to follow the unexpected. There are a few exceptions to this and one of them was the Lycian Way. One of our favourite methods […]

Refuelling at Fethiye’s Markets

Refuelling at Fethiye’s Markets

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Travelogue | 5 Comments

The lure of Turkey’s turquoise coast attracts over a million tourists a year with a high percentage of the country’s best beaches located only a couple of hours from the town of Fethiye. Coming from the sleepy and peaceful Greek islands of Amorgos and Astypalea, we were initially skeptical; excited to be moving onto Turkey, […]