Posted in May 2011

Holy Carp, a Handgun Wedding, and the Devout East

Everyone wants to know about the holy carp. Okay, I’ll get there soon. In fact, skip this next paragraph if you need to know now. I’ve been reading a book by Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk, called “Snow.” Early on, the protagonist visits a devout eastern Turkish city and gets drawn into a heated conversation … Continue reading

Folly in the Mountains

Readers of last week’s installment will recall that Kemal at the Malatya tourist office said that it was just not possible for a cyclist to go up to Mount Nemrut, and that it was pure folly to think of going over the top and down the other side. I’m glad to report that he was … Continue reading

A Visit to Low Walley

After a few weeks in and around the coast, freshly shorn by the kind barbers of Antalya, I though it was time to take my new Turkish look inland–to see Konya, home of the whirling dervishes, and Capadoccia, the desert region that either was, or was not, featured in Star Wars as Luke Skywalker’s home … Continue reading

On the Coast, Sort Of

disappointing finish When last we met, gentle Reader, I was in Fethiye, a coastal town full of British tourists and expats. The English-language newspaper offers columns of legal advice for potential landowners, tips for those seeking the best traditional English breakfast, and news from back home; last week, it was all about the royal wedding. … Continue reading