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Thoughts reverent and irreverent from the road in Turkey

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At the entrance to Kıyıkızlacık, near Milas, a man has set up a kokoreç stand to grill lamb entrails for passers-by. It strikes me as a strange thing to be cooking in temperatures of over 100 degrees but no doubt he knows his potential clientele. In any case, he’s a...
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{jcomments on} I had such fond memories of Beçin, near Milas, but of course since my last visit the tidy-uppers had been at work, restoring the fine 14th-century mosque so that it now looked brand new. That was bad enough. What was worse and what always makes my blood boil was...
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At Alabanda, near Çine, I bump into a student from Aydın University. He’s clad in what seems to be the international national-park staff uniform of green sweatshirt and khaki Bermudas and we fall into conversation in front of a lovely old house, one of the few left in the village,...
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  The silence of the night in Sidyma is magical. A cow bellows, a chicken crows, but there’s not the slightest sound of obtrusive modernity. I’ve come up here to visit Brea, a Canadian woman who has set up a goat farm amidst the ruins of ancient Lycia and I’m overwhelmed...
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I don’t know how many times I must have wandered past the Yeşil Cami in Kütahya without ever thinking to take a look inside, but today something makes me push open the door - - and what a revelation it is.  Inside, as is normal during Ramazan, a Koran class...
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