Visiting The Seljuk Tombstones Of Ahlat – Haunting Beauty In Eastern Turkey

Okay, so where are we up to? We showed you the map of our route from Patnos to Tatvan on our little mini road trip. Our first stop was Adilcevaz with the centuries old mosque and beautiful views across Van Gölü, and then it was time to press on towards Ahlat. And the Seljuk tombstones of Ahlat are … [Read more...]

Ishak Paşa Sarayı, East Turkey

In our last blog post - part one of our east Turkey road trip - we took you to Muradiye Şelalesi (waterfalls) in the Van region. In today's post, we're heading north and back into the Ağrı region. We pass very close to the border with Iran and it's strange to see road signs reading, 'Doğubeyazıt,' … [Read more...]

Telmessos Theatre In Fethiye – Where We’re At In December 2013

It's that time of year again where we all start to round things off, look back and reflect before looking forward to what's ahead the following year. And it's the same for this blog. We've got lots to tell you about before this year is out...but first, let's do a final Fethiye Telmessos Theatre … [Read more...]

Ancient Telmessos Theatre In Fethiye – A Little Progress Update

If you read this blog often, you'll know that we've been keenly following the restoration of Fethiye's ancient Telmessos Theatre. Last September marked the beginning of those restorations so, as we're just a few days short of one year on, we thought we'd do a 12 month update. Because this is … [Read more...]

Exploring Kaş: Views From Ancient Antiphellos Theatre

Over past years, because of going backwards and forwards to the Greek island of Meis (Kastellorizo) to renew our visas, poor old Kaş had become no more of a stop off point for us. It was a few years since we'd spent any significant time there. The time came to hire a car for the day, hit the road … [Read more...]

Why Was I The Only Person Inside Izmir Agora?

Sat at the foot of Kadifekale, sandwiched between the hillside and the streets of Kemeraltı is the ancient Izmir agora. When we wrote about the Lycian and Roman ruins of Xanthos, we said that around many of Turkey's archaeological sites, modern daily life continues. Nowhere is this more evident than … [Read more...]

Fethiye’s Ancient Telmessos Theatre – Recreating The Past

Back in September, we were excited to report that the restoration of Telmessos Theatre had started. Since then, we've done a couple of updates and, last time we posted about scaling the perimeter walls of Fethiye's Telmessos Theatre, we said we'd leave it a while before we did another update. The … [Read more...]

Fethiye Telmessos Theatre Restoration: Scaling The Perimeter

It's got to be said that we feel very privileged to be able to watch the developments around the excavation and restoration of an ancient theatre so close to where we live. Of course, we're alluding to Fethiye's Telmessos theatre. Back in September of this year, the road passing the site was … [Read more...]

Fethiye’s Ancient Telmessos Theatre Suddenly Got A Whole Lot Bigger!

After a busy time in the kitchen last week with our Turkish Food & Recipes Feature Week, it's time to get back to some sort of routine, for a short while at least. While we were cooking, we also found time to wander around Fethiye with camera - and we've always got a camera of some description … [Read more...]

Exploring Xanthos – A Photo Tour

Our previous post was a series of photos showing different scenes from the site of the temple of Leto, Letoon. This post is another photo story but this time, all the shots are of different areas of the site of Xanthos. While Letoon was the religious centre of the Lycian Federation, Xanthos was the … [Read more...]