Anatolian Culture Clash

Ankara (Turkey), 27.04.2013

Today was a pretty mixed day: sea – mountains. Seaside town – rural desert – metropolis. Quite a culture clash. We woke up with the sun shining on the Black Sea port of Sinop, with a great view from the waterfront hotel room over the fishermen’s boats and the harbor. After breakfast we started the day’s trip to Ankara, through the Anatolian mountains. On mostly perfect roads, apart from a few pieces under construction, we drove quickly up to 1400m into the mountains. The scenery was spectacular, dry, dusty mountains, nobody around but the occasional cows or goats. Yesterday we drove on the roads of yesterday’s Turkey, today we saw tomorrow’s. Including the police cars on the side of the road trying to track cars speeding. Fortunately drivers on both sides of the road alert each other of the cops. Blue sky, up to 27 degrees and not a single cloud made this the perfect day on the road. Continue reading “Anatolian Culture Clash”

Black Sea

Sinop (Turkey), 26.04.2013

Today was our Black Sea day, and we did drive along the coast the entire day indeed. Before taking off, we did some exploring in Amasra, climbing up to the top of the town’s island to enjoy the view on the sea, then back through this beautiful little town that is undergoing some construction and road works right now and therefore is quite dusty. During our walk we discussed how this town would look like were it in Italy, Croatia or Greece, since the nature is similar to what we know form these spots in the Mediterranean. There would probably be a church on the highest point of the island – here the 2 mosques are on lower parts of the peninsula. The haven’s beach would be cleaner and used for tourism – here it looks quite abandoned and is littered with trash. There would be more tourism exploitation, hotels, restaurants with terraces, more inviting cafés (at least in Italy and Greece). Here it is still a bit run down, and we found a lot of concrete, similar to post-communist Yugoslavia, also used to fix the centuries-old ruins of the old town. This place is a jewel waiting to be properly restored and cleaned up. The nature is so beautiful, the old town too, and it is perfect for swimming, sailing, summers on the beach. Continue reading “Black Sea”