Eastern Turkey – From the Black Sea Coast to Tarsus


I was positive I heard Aunt Dot offering me her camel for my journey from Trabzon to Kars, and beyond. My camel, patiently waiting for me at the door, turned out to be a small bus. Possibly for the best, since I only had three weeks to explore Eastern Turkey, and the camel may not have been up to it. I had obviously been influenced by Rose Macauley’s Towers ofTrebizond.

Kars, a city on the Turkish border with Armenia was a huge disappointment. Where was the snow? My vision of Kars had been formed by Orhan Pamuk’s description ofthe city in his novel “Snow”and becausetheword Kar means snow, I did not think my expectationof the snow experiencewas at allunrealistic. I was not prepared for the reality of Kars in late spring sans snow. There was no doubt at all…

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