Category Archives: Turkey

Goreme and the “Fairy Chimneys” Cappadocia, Turkey

  Göreme is a truly incredible place in Cappadocia, Turkey. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its geographical features and its place in the history of post-iconoclast Byzantium. Göreme National Park and Rock Sites of Cappadocia are … Continue reading

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Drinking in Turkey and Greece

  You might be surprised that drinking alcohol is allowed in Turkey. However, the state and religion are separate. The state is secular although the majority of Turks are Muslims. In the past you bought alcohol from special government shops … Continue reading

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Continuing Protests in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey

I have lived and worked in countries where you feel an indefinable threat in the air and you are careful about what you say. Once in the 1990s I taught a couple of classes which consisted of ex- Stasi members … Continue reading

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Riots over Gezi Park, Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey

  I have been following the riots in Istanbul over the past few days and have become increasingly concerned that this is just the start of something much bigger. It seems to me that when there are blueprints for development, … Continue reading

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The Ancient City of Ephesus, Turkey

  Ephesus is an ancient Greek city on Turkey’s Aegean coast. It is the most incredible place, especially in winter when you can walk down the marble street to the old port and be the only person there. However I … Continue reading

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Marmaris, Turkey

Marmaris is a coastal town in Turkey situated where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean. It has one of the world’s largest natural harbours, so has been a port since antiquity. It is close to the Greek islands of Rhodes … Continue reading

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Bodrum, Ancient Halicarnassus, Turkey

  Bodrum is situated in Turkey’s Aegean coast and has had the reputation of being the most bohemian and liberal places in Turkey.It has been a tourist destination for centuries, as the modern town of Bodrum has been built on … Continue reading

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