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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 …

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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 just a couple …

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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 (in the province of Ağrı) itself. It’s a small town, no landmarks to speak of, and as soon as we set foot off the bus from Erzurum, …

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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 journey, we’ve …

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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 …

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

On our recent trip to visit a friend in Eastern Turkey, we were lucky enough to be around just as the annual Inci Kefal (Pearl Mullet) migration started. Every year, in May and June, thousands of fish swim upstream from their home in Lake Van for spawning season. Inci Kefal In Van Lake This is …

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Doğubeyazıt Köftesi – A Meatball Like No Other

While we were in East Turkey, our hope was to try as many different local foods as possible. In Eskişehir, we were recommended to try their famous Tatar çiğ börek and it didn’t take many detective skills to hunt it down. This börek is everywhere! Out of duty to this blog, and out of curiosity, …

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