Travel Journals

Şanliurfa – A Portal In Time

02 September 2023 Sally

Located in south-eastern Turkey and in the northern arc of the Fertile Crescent, Şanlıurfa (or Urfa, as the locals call it) is a city with a truly ancient pedigree; it is a Portal In Time....

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Karahan Tepe Revisited

29 June 2023 Sally

Karahan Tepe is one of the Pre Pottery Neolithic Sites emerging in what is known as the Taş Tepeler Region of Southeast Turkey in the Province of Şanlıurfa.  Taş Tepeler simply means stone hills and...

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Sacred Citadel

07 June 2023 Sally

Urartu was an indigenous Kingdom occupying the area of what is now Eastern Anatolia, the Republic of Armenia, North Western Iran and Northern Iraq in the first part of the first millennium BC. Renowned as...

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The City of the Blind

02 April 2023 Sally

The Golden Horn, the main artery of ancient Byzantium and now modern Istanbul, is a perfect harbour. One of the Great Harbours of the World. When the founders of Byzantium colonists from the Greek City...

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The Mountain of Pain

12 March 2023 Sally

Ararat is the highest peak in the Eastern Anatolian Highlands. It is 5,137 metres in elevation and rises 3,512 metres above Doğubeyazıt ; it is a Stratovolcano dominating the highland plain around it. It might...

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Are you happy?

24 February 2023 Sally

Are you happy? It’s a question we are often asked. In the United States they actually have a Constitutional right, if not to actually have it, at least to “pursue” it. They seem to think...

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From Ale to Eternity

17 February 2023 Sally

Whoever thought that Ale - or "liquid bread" - would come about because of something called Wandering Wheat? But it is true! Wild wheat (or grasses) still grow in southeast Anatolia. Although supplanted by large...

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How bread came to mankind: It’s a long story but…….

06 February 2023 Sally

There are parts of the world where the mystical and sacred intersect with the mundane and profane, which gently exhale a sacred breath and while they attract veneration and respect from different peoples and cultures...

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24 January 2023 Sally

“A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum.” Diyarbakir doesn’t really feature on the itinerary for most tourists but if you want see a Roman Forum pretty much intact, bustling and open for...

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Ancient Civilisations: Lost and Found

20 December 2022 Sally

The Winter Solstice was believed by our distant ancestors to be that point at which the Sun appeared to stand still and life rekindles after the extremes of winter. While our connections with the stars...

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