Category Archives: Türkiye

  1. Winter in Istanbul: Walking at sunrise

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    Sunday 09 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Late January, first light Out there, walking a few kilometers To take in the beauty of the coming day And …
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  2. Winter in Istanbul: City images

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    Saturday 08 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Time for some images of Istanbul, but this time from two continents. To start off we have the famous Hydarpaşa …
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  3. Dikmen Vadısı (3 of 4)

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    Saturday 08 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Back again at the park in Ankara that was my surprise find after all these years driving back and forth …
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  4. Winter in Istanbul: Galata Tower

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    Sunday 02 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    One of the highlights of a trip to Istanbul, is to tick your way through the list of historical mega-sights …
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  5. Sivrihisar…

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    Sunday 02 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    . I just love driving through Central Anatolia, approaching the town of Sivrihisar. Always makes me thinks… “Mordor!”, especially on a …
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  6. Winter in Istanbul: A few more mosques

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    Saturday 01 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Mosques are a personal favourite for me Partly it’s about the stunning architecture, partly because I go into them all, …
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  7. Dikmen Vadısı (2 of 4)

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    Saturday 01 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This is another post about the massive park I stumbled across right where we visit family each year in Ankara, …
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  8. Open road…

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    Monday 27 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Can’t beat some open road to clear the mind sometimes…  

  9. Winter in Istanbul: Fenerbahçe

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    Sunday 26 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    When in Rome…. or Istanbul. My wife is an avid fan of Fenerbahçe, one of our top three football (soccer) …
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  10. Winter in Istanbul: On the Ferries

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    Saturday 25 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Part of my Istanbul adventure during the winter included some ‘boy time’, off on my own exploring. Naturally, ferries came …
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  11. Dikmen Vadısı (1 of 4)

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    Saturday 25 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    I’m no lover city lover, that’s pretty much an accepted fact. So, when I’m forced, persuaded, encouraged, pushed, coerced or …
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  12. Sunrise Ankara

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    Thursday 23 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  13. Salt….

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    Wednesday 22 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Central Anatolian salt flats  . At the processing factory there are piles of raw salt. .

  14. Winter in Istanbul: Famous mosques from afar

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    Sunday 19 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    More grey skies from our winter trip to Istanbul… I’ve always had a fascination for mosques, dating back long before …
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  15. Winter in Istanbul: Boats of Kadıköy

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    Saturday 18 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Rain stops play? Nope; it’s only water, and everything dries out eventually, doesn’t it? Gloomy skies over Istanbul in winter certainly …
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  16. Remnants of winter past

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    Thursday 16 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  17. Winter in Istanbul: Galata Bridge

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    Sunday 12 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    From the mid-winter stay in Istanbul Wandering the streets in the rain is actually not a bad thing, providing you …
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  18. Winter in Istanbul: Art & Freedom

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    Saturday 11 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    And here’s something else from our mid-winter time up in Istanbul… Art, as an expression of humanity, is something I’ve …
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  19. Anatolian highway – Rollin’ on…

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    Saturday 11 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  20. Thank you Mother Nature

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    Thursday 09 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  21. As winter recedes

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    Wednesday 08 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  22. Winter in Istanbul: Taxis & Driving

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    Sunday 05 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    More from that mid winter trip to Istanbul… Traffic ! That’s a defining statement in itself when one talks about Istanbul. …
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  23. Winter in Istanbul: Colours

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    Saturday 04 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Mid winter, and we found ourselves in Istanbul for a few days this year. This is the second in this …
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  24. Winter in Istanbul: Streets & Buildings

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    Sunday 28 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Mid winter, and we found ourselves in Istanbul for a few days this year. Over the next few weeks, I’ll …
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  25. Return to Bodrum

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    Thursday 18 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    A rather rapid trip over to Bodrum went down a couple of weeks ago. Having only been there in the …
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  26. But I didn’t…

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    Thursday 04 June, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    When I was a lad, a youngster, a tearaway, I would seek out mischief wherever and whenever I could. It’s …
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  27. Anatolian Road Trip Scenery

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    Sunday 31 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    A last minute family event the other week saw me take another road trip to Ankara, the capital city of …
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  28. “Daddy, look there’s Europe!”

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    Saturday 30 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Growing up in Asia, it was an exciting thing for a small person to realise he could ‘see’ another continent! …
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  29. Finding snow!

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    Tuesday 19 May, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Traveling between Ankara and Istanbul, back in late January, we came across… SNOW. Ok so I get that for many …
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  30. Rural Anatolian life

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    Sunday 05 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    On travels within my wife’s paternal homeland province of Konya, we came across many, what you might call ‘salt of the …
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  31. Images of rural Konya

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    Saturday 04 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Konya is a large province in the heartland of Türkiye, and the homeland to my father-in-law and his clan. It’s …
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  32. Out & About : Balıkesir Coastline

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    Thursday 02 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    . The coastline of Balıkesir in the Marmara region of Türkiye has some great rugged spots, far from the madding …
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  33. Out & About : Balıkesir Province

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    Wednesday 01 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    In one of the northernmost provinces in mainland Asian Türkiye, you’ll find the Province of Balıkesir in the Marmara region. In geographical terms, …
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  34. Summer memories

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    Tuesday 31 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Summer of 2007 if I recall correctly, and we found ourselves cooling off ‘up north’, in Balıkesir Province, in the …
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  35. Shades of blue

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    Sunday 29 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    . The countdown to summer is on! . .  

  36. Roadside Prayer Rooms

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    Saturday 28 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    After my recent post introducing some of our rural mosques, I thought of some more you might be interested in, …
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  37. “White or red madam?”

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    Thursday 26 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This actually exists in Cappadocia – Central Anatolia, Türkiye. One tap serves white wine; the other red…. I might be …
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  38. Local Mosques

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    Thursday 12 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    We have some 83,000 mosques dotted around our country. Some are huge, such as the massive Kocatepe Mosque in central Ankara… …
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  39. Morning Catch

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    Thursday 19 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

  40. Bodrum Fish Markets

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    Sunday 15 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Back in the town of Bodrum to share a few more of our memories from our winter visit there… When having …
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  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry (II)

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    Saturday 14 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a shot of Mount Hasan, an inactive stratovolcano in Aksaray province, …
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  42. Views from Turgutreis

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    Thursday 12 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    A few miles past Bodrum, at the very end of the Bodrum Peninsula, is the town of Turgutreis. With summer …
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  43. Windmills of Bodrum

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    Sunday 08 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    On a hillside just on the outskirts of Bodrum, are there these beautiful old windmills. Such a sad sight that …
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  44. Foothills & Farming

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    Tuesday 03 February, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Throughout the West Taurus Mountains of our southwest corner of Türkiye, there are some beautiful foothills in which we farm. …
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  45. Our mountains

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    Wednesday 28 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    The West Taurus Mountains stretch for many miles throughout the southwest corner of Türkiye. . . A topographical view shows …
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  46. Life in the hills

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    Tuesday 27 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Rural life in the Taurus Mountains of southwest Türkiye has its advantages. . . The scenery is generally dramatic and …
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  47. Backstreets of Bodrum

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    Saturday 24 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    Still in Bodrum, the weekend adventure continued… After a mooch around the boatyard, marina, call it what you will, it …
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  48. Bodrum Harbour

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    Wednesday 21 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    After wandering around the marina a bit, I smiled and waved authoritatively at the uniformed chap peering out from his …
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  49. Bodrum: Downtown & Marina

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    Sunday 18 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    A while ago I shared a post about a trip to Bodrum, but in winter. Whilst it’s a big time …
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  50. Beach time solitude

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    Thursday 15 January, 2015 by Uncle Spike

    It was late afternoon On a day last autumn The beach was quiet, and so was I Gentle lapping water, the …
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