This post is a bit of an explanation of where we’re at right now and what’s coming up in the next few weeks. Regular readers will know that a few weeks ago, we went on a bit of a mammoth up-and-across-and-back-again journey around Turkey and blog posts about this trip have been a bit thin on the ground to say the least.
Our blog is a bit of haphazard affair. We like it that way – it matches our life in Turkey, and that is what we write about after all. Some bloggers are super organised and will sit down on a given day, plan their posts for that week, write them, add the photos and schedule the posts to go out over the week. I can’t do that. What if we schedule an Istanbul post to go out on a Wednesday and we’re feeling all loved up with Fethiye on that day? Then that wouldn’t be a true post – well, not for us, anyway. It wouldn’t be a reflection of us. Whatever random post does pop up on any given day, you’ll know that’s where our thoughts are right now.
And so to our Turkey travels…
And where our thoughts are right now is, it’s time to crack on with some blog posts about our trip. You see, we’ve held off on purpose. It just didn’t feel right.
Our first port of call was Eskişehir, a really great city that deserves to be celebrated more than it is. We were all ready to do that after we returned to Fethiye – and then the protests that originally started over Gezi Park in Istanbul spread to different areas of Turkey. The people of Eskişehir protested – they protested in massive numbers. As we followed events online and saw photos of places we’d been just a few weeks before, writing about pretty walks along the river just didn’t seem appropriate – and our thoughts were far from it.
But now it’s time to push on and start showcasing Eskişehir:
This is a great city and, as far as we’re concerned, worthy of being on your travel list for Turkey. We’ve already gushed about our Eskişehir hotel (it was a bit posh for us) and told you about our experience of eating çiğ börek, the city’s famous dish. But we’ve got loads more still to write about – more food (there’s always food to write about in Turkey), watering holes, sights to see. And, when you’ve got a mayor who’s an artist, some of those sights will create weird and wonderful memories of this city for you.
With Ankara, we were in the same boat as Eskişehir. The main protests in Ankara centred around the Kızılay area, right where we were based and where we spent quite a bit of time. We weren’t in the city very long but we were there long enough to know we would definitely be back. We haven’t done a single post on Turkey’s capital yet – it wasn’t the right time to do so – but the collage above gives you some idea of what’s coming up. Of course, Anıtkabir was top of our list but there were lots of surprises for us, too. From a travel perspective, Ankara’s got its critics…but we’re going to be singing its praises!
Our East Turkey Road Trip
While we were in the east of Turkey, it was Gençlik Bayramı. It fell over the weekend and, as our friends are teachers, they were given a long weekend for the holiday. Off we went on what was supposed to be a two-day road trip. It ended up being three days when a short cut didn’t turn out be a short cut after all. More about that in a later post…
Driving around this area of Turkey is an amazing experience and one I’ll never forget. The stop offs are not too bad either! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting about Muradiye water falls, Doğubeyazıt’s Ishak Paşa Sarayı, Iğdır and it’s views of Mount Ararat – and Kars with the nearby, fantastic ruins of Ani.
In between all that, we ate lots of meaty food in Patnos, where we stayed. We visited the school where one of our friends teaches and were mobbed by excited students. We visited mosques, strolled around a Selçuk graveyard, ate Kahramanmaraş ice cream in Tatvan, took our friend’s dog for a sunset walk through a plain filled with wildflowers…and just generally fell in love with this area of Eastern Turkey. We’ve already told you about watching the inci kefal swim upstream from Lake Van, but, as you can guess, that only really scratches the surface.
And, of course, Turkish food and Fethiye will never be far from our thoughts, so those posts will be popping up on a regular basis, too. We’re looking forward to writing about all this over the next few weeks and months. Thanks for sticking with us…