This is one of my favorite sights to see in Turkey. Driving along the Mediterranean coast, your car passes tomato-growing greenhouses before arriving at the tiny village of Patara. On the other side of the village, grassy fields and hills emerge, broken only by a few pillars, cows, and the odd amphitheater. Driving up the dirt path towards the ruins, my wife was stopped by an older village woman in the traditional headscarf. Julie rolled down her window. “Have you seen my goat?” asked the woman. “I lost him right around here.”
Continuing on a few hundred meters down the road brings a sandy parking lot into sight. Walk towards the sand and you will discover a 20-kilometer stretch of white sand that is also a nesting site for – what else – loggerhead sea turtles.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/22, 1/20 sec.
An old house in the village of Kurecik, Malatya, Turkey. In a region where it’s still not hard to find abandoned church buildings a century or two old, the arches over these windows belie an architectural tradition older and higher than a square stone Turkish village house might normally be expected to reflect.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-400, f/11, 1/200 sec.
Cleopatra’s Arch in Tarsus dates from Roman times and is supposed to mark the place where the Marc Anthony and the notorious queen first laid eyes on each other. A pretty good pedigree for any structure, but here as many other places in Turkey, the arch takes a back seat to a Turkish flag and the inspiring figure and words of Ataturk.
On the left hand stone, one of Ataturk’s famous quotes: “Turk, plan, work, and trust.” On the right hand stone, and even more inspirationally: “O Turk, son of the future, the power you need is present in the blood in your veins.”
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/13, 1/125 sec.
Just another beautiful arched doorway, intricately carved from the Cappadocian stone that carves so easily. Göreme sees a lot of tourists, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t back streets worth your time if you look hard enough.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/10, 1/200 sec.