East Turkey Road Trip Part 3 – Unexpected Adventure In Iğdır

So allow us to refer you back to the map of our East Turkey road trip. We started off at point A, Patnos, and drove Southwest to point B, Muradiye Waterfalls. In our last post, we then headed northwards to Doğubeyazıt so we could visit the amazing Ishak Paşa Sarayı. After that, it was decided we … [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...]

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 - maybe even a … [Read more...]

An East Turkey Road Trip – Are You Ready?

We'd like to take you on a little road trip over the course of some of the next few blogposts... We're taking you on an East Turkey road trip from Patnos, Ağrı and back to Patnos again, over three days and two nights. It's around 500 miles in total with not a motorway in sight (nice!) and this is … [Read more...]

East Turkey Adventures On The Road – 10 Driving Tips For A Road Trip

"Have you brought your driving license?" "Yeah, why?" "Good. We're going on a road trip. You're driving." We'd just got off the bus from Erzurum, which was immediately preceded by 20 hours or so on the Doğu Express train from Ankara. Time delays meant we'd decided to stay with our friend for … [Read more...]

Turkish Food – Famously Eating Our Way Through Patnos, Ağrı

Most of our overnight stays in eastern Turkey were spent in our friend's apartment in Patnos where she teaches. Amazingly, we don't have a single photo of Patnos itself - it's a small town, no landmarks to speak of, and as soon as we set foot off the bus from Erzurum, you could almost feel the … [Read more...]

Ankara To Erzurum On The Doğu Express – The Train Journey In Photos

Rail travel in Turkey - it really should be top of everybody's agenda. This is our photographic journey of the Doğu Express (Doğu Ekspresi) overnight train from Turkey's capital, Ankara to the city of Kars. We were alighting in Erzurum. Let us set the scene... It's May 2013 and, so far on our … [Read more...]

Blogging Our Life In Turkey – Where We’re At Right Now

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]