En Route To Akdamar And Meeting Marmaris In Van

Squirming in my seat. Constantly changing positions. Facial contortions and looking out of the window trying to focus on anything that will take my mind off this awful, potentially very embarrassing situation. It’s agony. Barry’s comforting me. “We’re nearly there.” Except ‘nearly there’ isn’t really comforting. ‘Nearly there’ is too far. And we’ve seen the […]

Road Trip Along The North Shore of Van Gölü – First Stop, Adilcevaz

This was one of those little outings where, when you go to visit a friend in a new place, they have things they really want you to see before you leave. A bit of a quick stop tour. The east of Turkey really isn’t close to Fethiye – it’s only when you head that way […]

East Turkey Road Trip Part 1 – Patnos To Muradiye

Oh, do you remember a while back when we told you we were taking you on our East Turkey road trip? We even asked you if you were ready. Well, quite obviously, we weren’t ready because we’ve still not done it. Well, all that is about to change. We have a new determination this week […]

Turkish Food Focus: Sampling Ayran Aşı in Erciş, Van

In last week’s Turkish Food Focus, we took you back to the Van region with us, to Erciş, and we indulged in some very tasty, buttery trout, cooked in three different ways. All of this happened at Yeşil Erciş Alabalık, an eatery we went to after watching Van Lake’s unique inci kefal (pearl mullet) attempt to […]

Turkish Food Focus – Devouring Simply Cooked Trout At Yeşil Erciş Alabalık

For our last blog post, we were in Erciş on the northern shores of Lake Van watching the amazing site that is the inci kefal (pearl mullet) attempting to swim upstream for spawning season. For today’s post, we’re staying in Erciş and it’s the same day. We’d taken photos of the fish – lots of […]

Watching Nature In Action – Spawning Season For Lake Van’s Inci Kefal

Every year, in May and June, thousands of fish swim upstream from their home in Lake Van for spawning season. On our recent trip to visit a friend in Eastern Turkey, we were lucky enough to be around just as the annual migration started. This is Erciş and we’re on the northwest shores of Van […]

Sipping Turkish Coffee – This Time It’s The Van Way

When in Turkey, there’s no escaping Turkish coffee (Türk kahvesi) and to the first time, novice sampler, it can be an unpleasant experience – especially if no one bothers to warn you about the grains at the bottom of the cup! (We once forgot to inform a friend about this and he poured the whole […]

Travelling Turkey 2013 – Our Plans…For Now

Despite a little cold spell we’re going through in Fethiye at the moment, the worst of winter has passed, spring is in the air and thoughts are turning to 2013 Turkey travel plans. Last week was a bit of a travel theme on the blog and across our social media channels – and over on […]