Catal Huyuk, the Birthplace of Civilisation

On our way back to Anada we took a little detour while crossing the central plateau of Anatolya; a fairly thinly populated and geographically featureless region known as the “breadbasket … Continue Reading →

Konya, City of Peace in a World on the Edge of War

I’m really not sure how this city managed to make such a deep impression on me when I first visited in 2007 for we arrived barely in time to hurry … Continue Reading →

A Traditional Turkish Wedding

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Heaven and Hell in Eastern Anatolia

Grahame said that I should not entitle this piece “The Armpit of Turkey” even though graphically, if not metaphorically, that is actually where we are. The East-West Mediterranean coastline of … Continue Reading →

Stamboul Train

The Orient Express it definitely wasn’t: in fact I burst out laughing when I saw the couple of shabby carriages that were supposed to be scheduled to take me to … Continue Reading →

Kermet, the Black Land (Ancient Egypt)

If I felt sorry for myself at having a less than perfect trip to Egypt last year then I should spare a thought for previous generations of the family: travelling … Continue Reading →

Turkey, November 2007

In November of 2007 I took my first trip to Turkey and was extremely taken with the people, the culture, the scenery and the food. As it was also my … Continue Reading →

Lebanon 2010

My visit to Lebanon was something of an afterthought: a few days added on to an organised tour of the Middle East in an attempt to round out the itinerary … Continue Reading →

Jordan 2010

Crossing from the Sinai desert into Jordan, I had very few expectations of the land which I’d always rather thought of as Middle East Lite; indeed the two liquor stores, … Continue Reading →

Egypt and Libya 2010

So much has happened since the beginning of 2011 that it is difficult to believe I was sightseeing in both these countries less than a year ago. I think that … Continue Reading →