From Macedonia to Turkey


Sunday 14 September, 2014 by Uncle Spike

My wife’s maternal grandparents hailed from Macedonia, having been forced immigrants to Turkey after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

A few weeks ago we took my wife’s 94 year old granny back to the home she grew up in, and spent some lovely time together with her ‘baby’ brother, who is in his mid 80s, but bright as a button, and still living in the family home.

When we married some 8 years ago, this very same Great Uncle just ‘turned up’. Nobody had seen him for years after some 50 year family rift, but the guy just knocked on my door the afternoon of the wedding. We then found out that he had travelled six hours, taken four buses, even found our village, and then asked around until he found the house – a resourceful old chap 🙂

Anyway, my wife had never seen the house her Great Uncle and Granny grew up in either, so it was a special day for all of us. These are some images of their home, in which we were made to feel so welcome.


The inner courtyard



The sitting room



On old lamp in the bedroom






The kitchen

Yes, it’s tiny; no more than 2 people can stand up in it
but we were served a feast prepared right there.



The ‘garden’



Under the siting room and bedroom is now a storage area,
but years ago it was a safe place to hide the family





14 thoughts on “From Macedonia to Turkey

  1. Thank you for sharing this personal family story. Although it is from your wife’s side, this is moving to read and the photos depict vividly another way of life.

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  2. LB says:

    What a story, full of history, and thankfully, most of it good. That “hide the family” makes one think.
    How wonderful that Great Uncle was able to show up and what a gift you gave your wife’s Granny.

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  3. joannesisco says:

    Oh Spike, these opportunities are special treasures! I’m so thrilled for you and your wife to see your family history up close and personal like this. A heartwarming story ❤

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  4. dayphoto says:

    What a beautiful post! The story the photos tell is outstanding. I, also pray, there is never another need to hide souls from others. That story is also sad.


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  5. fredrieka says:

    Those photos tell a story all their own. Sad there needed a safe place for the family I pray it never is needed again

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  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    Great photos that demonstrate how resourceful we can be. Loved that “garden” 🙂

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  7. thom bradley says:

    Interesting to look at another culture… thanks


  8. AnnetteM says:

    How wonderful to have a long lost relative turn up for your wedding, especially having gone to such lengths. Really interesting post. Thanks

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  9. Loved the photos. They tell a story without words. I feel the intimacy of the people that live there.

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