Turkey was surprisingly blue. As we crossed the country from east to west, there were the strikingly pale blue eyes of its 20th century founder, Ataturk, staring out from posters and banners, as discussed in the previous blog entry. Once we reached Istanbul and the Bosphorus, where east meets west, there was the shock of… Read More Ottoman Blues :Istanbul and the Bosphorus, Turkey. April 2007
The father of modern Turkey had blue eyes. I wouldn’t have guessed that before visiting the country. I was in Turkey in April around a national holiday. Posters of Ataturk hung on thesides of public buildings and from forts. Those blue eyes stared out from rugs shops and around courtyards. I saw at least one… Read More His Blue-Eyed Stare Looks Everywhere..Father Turk: Selcuk, Bursa and Istanbul, Turkey
See the little rectangular monument at left-center of the photo? It’s the grave marker for the man who helped uncover a city with roots dating to the 5th century BC. New York University professor Kenan Erim was buried where he spent much of his working life. He unraveled some of the mysteries about Aphrodisias, a… Read More Aphrodite to Ataturk..It’s Been Busy Here : Aphrodisias to Ephesus, Turkey. April 2007.
Above is a slice of the theater at Termessos, a city atop a hill about three times the height of the Empire State Building. The rounded theater, likely built well before the birth of Christ, is still in pretty good shape. Sit there a while under a blue sky and you wonder what people watched… Read More City With Neighbors Mentioned in the Iliad:Termessos, Turkey. April 2007.
Green hedges of tea plants thrive on Turkey’s Black Sea coast. You can see lines of them in the picture above. The rows of tea bushes climbed up and up and up the hills facing thegrayish water of the Black Sea in April. Tea bushes even filled in the gaps between apartment houses, like the… Read More Guess What Turks Drink? It’s Not Coffee: Black Sea Coast, Turkey. April 2007.
A child’s pale hand reached out to tap my husband on the arm. David was looking at his digital camera, reviewing his pictures of the Georgian capital of Tiblisi as we left this city. Immersed in his photos, David didn’t feel the hand. It was so little and its touch was so light.“Someone is trying… Read More Stews and Dumplings Cooked in Generosity: Eating in Georgia. April 2007.
My husband stands on land that guide books call the edge of Christendom in this picture. David is pointing west into Christian Georgia. Nearby, cream-colored sheep dot the dark green hills leading to this crest. Turning in the other direction, David could see miles and miles of scarcely populated land in eastern Azerbaijan, as shown… Read More Hike Along a Dısputed Border: Davit Gareja, Georgia. Aprıl 2007.