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thyme (sarah)

What an incredible itinerary description. The tour sounds fabulously laid out. How I wish I could find a hidden piggy bank under my bed or closet to join in on this incredible trip. Are you planning any tours for 2014 yet? I'll keep practicing my photography!


Hi Sarah - we wish you could join too! Definately yes on the food and photography workshops near Istanbul for 2014, and we'll know more about the possibility of another one of these later in the year.

Araz sadakian

Dear David Jan
Those NE Turkey regions are Armenian teretories, even the names are Armenian, Ardahan and Kars.
The villagers are or were Armenian decent. I'm sure you have a great knowledge about Armenian history and what happened from 1890 till now.
My dear David I wonder why " Gain entre to artisan work shops and be led to SECRET ruins " because they are all Armenian monistries and churches.
Thank you for reading my comment.


Yes, the region's residents are of many backgrounds and ethnicities: in addition to people of Armenian descent there those of Kurdish, Molokan, Azerbaijani, Persian, Circassian and Russian ancestry. Perhaps others as well. In addition to Armenian ruins (Ani being the most famous) there is a Kurdish castle that we (David and I) know of, former Georgian churches and others known to the expedition's organizers.
Please note that by "secret ruins" we mean those not known to tourists, not written in guidebooks, not on maps -- ruins that the average traveler would never find on their own.
The region's multicultural character - something that its residents are proud to draw the attention of visitors to - is one of its most appealing traits. An understanding of the origins of this multiethnicity is something that expedition participants will take away with them. Perhaps, also, they may be inspired to venture further east in the future, to Armenia and Georgia. Our time in the region certainly planted those travel plans in our heads and we hope to visit Armenia later this year.
We are aware of the history of eastern Turkey, of the complicated relationship between Turkey and Armenia. But I am sorry, this isn't the place to engage in political discussions. We hope you understand.
Thank you for reading, and for your comment.

Joseph Chaiwhan Kim

In 2011, I had a chance to visit Turkey and eat some of the local food. It was different, but I really enjoyed the flavors and spices. I hope to visit again in 2014.


I'm a huge fan of SBS Feast mag, I will keep an eye out for your article.

I also found the Turkey honey experience in Kickstarter months ago. At the time my thought was "I wish there are more food experiences like this all over the world." You know, not just the stock standard "let's tour a winery and see how they make wine". But a more thorough, live with the people, do as the people do type of experience.

Less of a tour, more of an experience.

Perhaps this Turkey honey experience will inspire more entrepreneurs all over the world.


CCC-- I agree! And the Balyolu is a fantastic experience. You just can't call it a "tour". I included them in the Guide for the Feast article.
We're hoping to offer similar "experiences" in Turkey at some point. And, on a much smaller scale, I hope that folks come away from George Town street food walk feeling like they've eaten with locals, as the locals do.

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This made me want to get on a flight there NOW! You know Turkey is one of my all time favourite cities. Beautiful post!


i became know about kars through the novel 'snow' by orhan pamuk. it was awesome really. I
am interested to visit kars

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