View from the castle in Ankara’s center.
A seed and spice seller sits behind his shop door in Ankara, Turkey.
School children prepare to perform a dance under a banner depicting Ataturk in Ankara, Turkey.
All state holidays in Turkey are marked by elementary school programs featuring various groups of children singing, reading poems, or performing dances (both modern and traditional). This first-grade class (including my son, who is not technically Turkish) delivered a spirited rendition of several folk songs and anthems in praise of Ataturk.
Antiques and art for sale in Ankara, Turkey.
A little girl sits among Oriental carpets in a store in Ankara, Turkey.
Antique and vintage items displayed in front of a store in Ankara, Turkey.
A car parked on a sloping cobblestone street in front of a mosque in Ankara’s old district.
Window shopping in Ulus. The hatter is probably frequented by older Turks for whom the hat is part of the standard winter uniform while taking their daily constitutional from home to the tea house; The shoes and lamps are nostalgic reminders of medieval times, bought by tourists and more modern Turks to decorate their homes.