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2012.01.14

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Liuzhou Laowai

Lovely story. Thanks

marts aziz

Thank you, this is something, and beautiful too.

Kavey

What a lovely story, and such a warm and genuine welcome.

Sticky

"We...traced a two-lane blacktop deep into a bucolic valley" - what a nice line. Feel like I travelled with you on this; had a similar experience in Zagorahoria in Northern Greece last year, where we arrived in almost deserted mountain village in late afternoon and were told we had to stay the night! Sausages, grilled lamb, olives and wine were produced, open fire lit and a night of broken but stimulating conversation ensued...felt so privileged.

Martin Klein

A really lovely story and, as usual, beautiful pics. Good to see there's still a bit left of the rural Turkey I remember from a few similar visits - some 20 years ago. And you really tried to resist that snack of plain Turkish country food fresh from the garden? Hard to believe. :-)

Robyn

LL, Marts, Kavey, Sticky, Martin -- thank you! This is a very, very special memory. We hope to return, maybe even this spring.

Sticky - wow, that sounds fantastic, how lucky for you. Plus you get wine -- that's not often brought out in rural Turkey! At least in this part of Turkey.

Martin - yes there is quite alot of rural Turkey left, in fact, once you get beyond Istanbul and far enough inland from the Med/Aegean coasts. It's astonishing (to me anyway) how rural Anatolia/Black Sea still is. Just love road tripping there .... the open road, beautiful vistas, big sky.

Maureen

What an amazing experience!! I'm so envious I can't stand it.

Snippets of Thyme

You both must have been so tickled to be invited inside. I would have been so curious to see the interior of the house. How wonderful to put together what they did for you. Did they speak English or do you speak Turkish? Love that they gave you Orange Fanta. We had to go to a police station in rural Italy once; they immediately brought us some soda pop and chocolate for our children. Ha!

mahek

Hi
I may have never commented before but I have to tell you this that I love your blog and look forward to reading your posts.. Thanks for the efforts you put into making the post and sharing it with us .. very impressive..
I have you on my sidebar .. THANKS AGAIN

Robyn

Ha, Maureen -- I love your honesty! Thanks for reading.

Snippets, we have a thing for old buildings, esp those made of wood, so yes this was a treat. Such a beautiful house and they love it so. I speak some Turkish, struggling to regain what I learned during 3 years of study over a decade ago. Orange Fanta, any kind of western soda pop -- seems to be the "special occasion" drink in alot of the world. Certainly so in China too.

Mahek -- You're welcome, and thank you for the kind words about the blog! And for reading.

maya

There you go, you got me nostalgic again! These photos are beautiful and they reflect the beauty of luxuriant green landscape of the black sea region. The thing I really don't like about this region however is the weather, man it rains NON STOP, no wonder it is so green! And I know you will hate me for this but I really can't stand hamsi! My parents used to force me to eat hamsi as a kid growing up in Ankara and it put me off any kind of fish for life! But like I say, give me a tub of pekmez and some tahini to mix with it and I'm a happy camper!
I'm curious though, I don't think I've read a post about Trabzon in your blog, didn't you guys treck that far yet? Trabzon is gorgeous, the locals are super sweet, they make beautiful handmade silver jewelery and they have excellent kebabs! Not all Karadenezli are obsessed with hamsi at least!
By the way I don't know if you are aware of jokes made about the karadenizli people in Turkey? THe main character is usually called Temel and he has a "hooked" nose, the turks (mainly from places like istanbul) say that black sea people are "slow" and they have a funny accent when they speak! I don't think they are slow, from my travels they were always super sweet hard working people, but they do speak turkish with a funky accent!

Robyn

Maya, we haven't been back to Trabzon since our first visit way back in 2000. We will make it back eventually. The weather was awful and folks seemed to be in a bad mood, until Dave bought a Trabzon Spor baseball cap and then everyone was super nice to us. ;-) And yeah the weather is bad. But I live somewhere with weather that I pretty much hate 100% of the time so weather has come to mean not so much to me, even when I travel.
I have heard those karadenizli jokes. Every population has to pick on someone I guess.
As for hamsi -- condolences! I would say you don't know what you're missing but you obviously do. Trabzonlu do a darned fine hamsi bread, as I remember. ;-)

Ming

Amazing...

Turkey's For Life

Ohh, I think we might have to pop up there in May after they return from Istanbul, just to see what it looks like in the springtime. ;)
Julia

Heather

The storage barns supported by the "rough-hewn tables you might see in a cowboy theme-y bar" are very similar to hórreos you find in northern Spain. Hórreos are grain storage buildings built with these strange supports to keep rodents from getting inside. I have never seen this design anywhere other than the Spanish provinces of Asturias and Galicia, so I was very surprised to see these photos. Would love to see this part of Turkey!

Robyn

You should, Julia! It's a beautiful region.

Thanks for commenting Heather! That's fascinating ... apparently these sorts of storage barns also exist in parts of E Europe. The central Black Sea is probably Turkey's most second beautiful region, after the northeast.

Katy

Those leg support and 'rough-hewn tables' structure are called saddle stools (for the grain storage barns) in England. Record dated back to 1800's.

Katy

Sorry, it's 'Staddle stones' :-) Remember it wrong hearing it from a colleague. We have an English Rural Life Museum in the campus. Here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staddle_stones

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