Gobekli Tepe – Part 3

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ Gobekli Tepe was built just after the last Ice Age and yet people in those times weren’t supposed to build things, to carve stone, and to raise monoliths in the name of religion. Prior to the discovery of Gobekli Tepe it was thought that these hunter-gatherers just hunted,Continue reading “Gobekli Tepe – Part 3”

Gobekli Tepe – Part 2

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ Gobekli Tepe was built just after the last Ice Age and yet people in those times weren’t supposed to build things, to carve stone, and to raise monoliths in the name of religion. Prior to the discovery of Gobekli Tepe it was thought that these hunter-gatherers just hunted, gathered,Continue reading “Gobekli Tepe – Part 2”

Gobekli Tepe – Part 1

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ Gobekli Tepe is an unprepossessing archaeological site in Northern Mesopotamia – the area between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. No postcards of the site are on sale and no guidebooks. Indeed, the gatekeeper has only one book for sale and that’s an English translation of the workContinue reading “Gobekli Tepe – Part 1”

Kadir Usta in Gazientep – Part 3

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ My kebab arrived – 15 meatballs cooked on a skewer had been placed on a bed of yoghourt, which covered the cooked aubergines. The meat was well-cooked and I scooped up the yoghourt and meat with the second flatbread that had just arrived. Again this was freeContinue reading “Kadir Usta in Gazientep – Part 3”

Kadir Usta in Gazientep – Part 2

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ I decided to have a Beyran soup, a local meat soup with rice, chili peppers, and garlic. For main course I wanted an Ali Nazir kebab made with meat, yoghourt, and aubergines. I was then brought a large freshly baked flatbread, a mixed 7 salad, a parsley saladContinue reading “Kadir Usta in Gazientep – Part 2”

Kadir Usta in Gazientep – Part 1

This extract is from “Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford” Alternate black and white stones line the windows of the Kurtulus Camii mosque in Gazientep. This was the most noticeable architectural feature I saw as I walked around the outer wall. I eventually found an open gate and walked through. There was a good view of theContinue reading “Kadir Usta in Gazientep – Part 1”

Turkey’s tourism industry counts cost of unrest as holiday bookings fall by 50%

Summer holiday bookings to Turkey have been significantly affected following a spate of recent attacks as holiday companies shift their focus to other Mediterranean countries

Datça peninsula holiday guide: what to see plus the best beaches, restaurants and hotels

A sliver of mountain and beach jutting in to the Aegean offers an oasis of unspoilt tranquillity amid the lively resorts of south-west Turkey

Pope boosts Armenia’s efforts to have Ottoman killings recognised as genocide

Pope Francis delivers powerful message by recognising atrocities between 1915 and 1922 as genocide in speech at Vatican on eve of centenary