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Middle East » Turkey » Southeastern Anatolia » Urfa September 18th 2011

Before returning home from the Livestock Market, Mehmet took us high into the K mountains in search of a Nomad Family, this was not a pre-arranged thing and we stood the chance of not seeing a family at all. The Nomad's live for 7 to 8 months of the year in the high country, grazing their animals in mountain pastures and moving on frequently as the food for the animals runs out. They always camp near water and live in various tents of all shapes and sizes. We were lucky as after about an hours drive we could see a camp in a flat area it seemed to consist of about 5 tents so probably would be a family. As we got out of the car Mehmet spotted a turtle on the road, bear in mind ... read more
The Turtle High In The Mountains
Nomad Camp From A Distance
Nomad Man

Middle East » Turkey » Southeastern Anatolia » Urfa September 18th 2011

Mehmet (Alisons brother in law and Faro's brother was our guide for the day, he arrived in time for breakfsat with us, then we were off to the Siverek Livestock Market. It was already very hot, but Mehmet's car was airconditioned so the 50 km drive was very pleasant. The day temperatures have been in the high 30 deg's while we have been here. Mehmet parked in the shambles of trucks, carts, horses and livestock and said to us he would see us in an hour. We thought we were on a guided tour and at first wondered how we would get around. It was no problem as everyone just everyone wanted to talk with us and be our friend, everyone wanted their photo taken. So it took a while to get around but it was ... read more
Everyone wanted to have their photo taken then see it on the screen
The Livestock Market
The Livestock Markey

Middle East » Turkey » Southeastern Anatolia » Urfa September 17th 2011

The village of Yuvacali has about 800 residents, unfortunately there is very little employment apart from agricultural work so many of the men spend 6 months or more away on the Mediterranean Coast working at various tourist locations in the entertainment and hospitality trades. The Nomad Tours project has given employment to several families and income for the village. There is a high infant mortality and birth defect rate amongst the families and in fact there is only 3 seperate surnames in the whole of the village. I was told that there is a lot of cousin inter marriages. As a result of the project there is now a full time funded teacher for the village school, water to all homes since 2008 and a sewerage systen has recently been put through. Gifts are encouraged and ... read more
Dung Firewood
Pero Bread Making
Pero Bread Making

Middle East » Turkey » Southeastern Anatolia » Urfa September 16th 2011

Some time ago whilst doing research on the net for our trip to Turkey, we came across a TravelBlog of a woman who had stayed at the Yuvacali Home Stay. Yuvacali is a village of 800 or so people and is the home of Alison Tanik, Alison who is from the UK is married to a local man from this village, several years ago they were living in Istanbul with good jobs and a good lifestyle. After visits to her husbands village which is about 15 km off the main road, Alison decided she would like to find a ay to improve the lifestyle of the village people and provide an income if possible. Nomad Tours Turkey is the result of that idea and is based around visitors staying with a host family in the village ... read more
Our First Meal
The Home Stay
Fati Takes Us On A Walking Tour

Middle East » Turkey » Eastern Anatolia » Van September 14th 2011

In Van we stayed at the Azure Hotel, it was more expensive that what we had paid so far at 140 Lira (about NZ $98) and was over our budget, but it was hard turning away as there was a lift to our 5th story room (first lift so far) and the location was right in the middle of the city. Feyzi the manager spotted us as tourists the moment we stepped inside and offered his services as a guide the following day if we were interested. Sharing the cost with the Beate and Steffi meant it was a very reasonable full day escorted tour in his own vehicle. We originally had intended only to stay in Van for one night but decided to make it two days so as to go on the tour and ... read more
Entrance to Hosap Kalesi
The Defence Walls of Hosap Kalesi
Cay with Farzi

Middle East » Turkey » Eastern Anatolia » Dogubeyazit September 13th 2011

We turned up early at the bus office in town with our prepaid tickets only to be told in sign language that our bus was not going to be going anywhere today as it was broken. After many questions and no answers the lady finally indicated to the wheel of a car nearby and made hissing sounds. We took it from this that the Mini Bus that was to take us from the Bus Office to the Otogar wasn't going anywhere. In Turkey there is usually a large Bus Station called the Otogar on the very outskirts of the towns or cities, we have even found some of them are over 5 and up to 10 k's out. So they provide a free mini bus to get you from theirr office to the Otogar. So here ... read more
Ishak Pasa Palace
Ishak Pasa Palace
Ishak Pasa Palace

Middle East » Turkey » Eastern Anatolia » Kars September 11th 2011

The main reason we visited Kars is because it is the best starting off point to visit Ani, the ruined city on the border with Armenia. Ani, is a windswept grassy site that contains a lot of Armenian architecture. The train trip from Erzurum to Kars was pleasant enough, we decided to order something from the restaurant car, I thought I had ordered a pasta dish each, but that got lost somewhere in translation and we ended up with one plate of french fries and a coffee, oh well it filled a hole and we were off to sleep soon. The guard came through and gave us a pillow and blanket and we rattled our way towards Kars for the next 5 hours. Celil a local taxi driver come tour operator was there to meet us ... read more
Across The River To Armenia
Being Watched From Over The Border
Ani Ruins

Middle East » Turkey » Eastern Anatolia » Erzurum September 10th 2011

Our original plans were to travel the Black Sea Coast to Trabzon and then go inland to Erzurum to start our Eastern Adventure. However even with 6 weeks in Turkey there still would not of been enough time to see all that we wanted so unfortunately something had to go and we sacrificed the Black Sea Coast We had made an internet booking for our flight with Onuair, one of Turkey's budget airlines , the Booking confirmation came back in Turkish so we were winging it a bit. The shuttle picked us up from our hostel to take us to Ataturk airport. First mistake our shuttle only went as far as the International Terminal and the domestic is a distance away. When we arrived the driver said that he had been a soldier in Erzurum and ... read more
Lala Mustafa Pasa Mosque
Lala Mustafa Pasa Mosque
Wedding Car

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Beyoglu September 9th 2011

Istanbul is divided by several seas, today we crossed the Galata Bridge by tram to visit Kabatas, Taxim Square and the Galata Tower. From the end of the tram line at Kabatas we caught the Funicular tram uphill to Taksim Square, this is an up market shopping area, Istiklal Caddesi is a long boulevard, no traffic except an old tram that trundles up and down the middle. We intended to catch the tram but couldn't find where to purchase the prepaid ticket. The Cadessi is line with up market stores many of the brands also known in New Zealand. It was a long hike, but worth it as we arrived at the Galata Tower about 2 hours later. The tower is 60 metres high and was used as a monitor for shipping but later turned into ... read more
Turkish Icecream (Donduner) Vendor
Galata Tower
A couple of old Guys on the Street

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sultanahmet September 9th 2011

Topkapi Palace was just a short distance from the Hostel it had been the residence of Sultans and commands a high spot over looking the Marmarus and Bosphorus seas. It has a high fortified wall and the grounds have many magnificant buildings. The gate entrance was manned by armed Turkish soldiers. Many of the buildings are still standing and in good condition, some have been turned into museums to display the Sultan's clothing, another held the Treasury in which the jewellery of the Sultans was on display. Many of the buildings did not allow photography, probably for conservation reasons as some of the clothes on display were hundreds of years old, so not too many pictures in the section. We spent 3 or 4 hours within the Palace grounds, it was very warm and lots of ... read more
Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace

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