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Thoughts reverent and irreverent from the road in Turkey

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My taxi driver is not in a good mood. He doesn’t want to take me to Fasıllar, inland from Lake Beyşehir, because, he says, it will be muddy. On the other hand he doesn’t want to refuse outright either and risk losing the fare. We set off, then, in a...
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Some years ago in a dusty antique shop in Beyşehir I was shown a black-and-white postcard of a strange, lumpy-looking block of stone standing in a pond. “It’s Eflatunpınar,” I was told which did not, at that time, mean anything to me. I think the word Hittite was also bandied...
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Here I am in Afyon, a conservative town as I know both from reputation and from previous visits. Accordingly, I head straight out in the morning to explore the narrow back streets that meander charmingly round the base of the huge rock topped with a castle that gave its full name ...
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“My daughters say I should market it as for the young and the deaf only.” I was chatting to the urbane female owner of the Begonvil Hotel in Marmaris, a delightful place set around a courtyard that offered one of the best breakfasts in town. I wanted so much to...
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On the eastern flank of Eğirdir in the Turkish Lake District there stands a caravanserai in such an abject state of ruin that it’s hard even to recognize that it was once one of the links in the chain of places to stay that kept the great caravan trains of the...
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