A Catholic souvenir shop within Jerusalem’s old city.
Murat and Servet’s wedding in the southeastern province of Kahramanmaraş was a typically chaotic celebration with plenty of dancing, attended by just about as many people as could comfortably fit on the (very large) dance floor. The entire town is often invited to a wedding in Turkey, and the more people come the greater the honor for the father of the groom.
Hiking through wooded farmland in one of the small villages around Kürecik, near Malatya in southeastern Turkey.
Moving away from Anatolia now, but remaining in the Middle East – some would say the center of the Middle East. Here, pedestrians walk through a Palestinian neighborhood just outside Jerusalem’s Old City.
The Lord of the Rings movies were fairly popular here, which goes to show that no matter where you are, beauty is beauty, truth is truth, we all like a story where the world gets redeemed and we like it when the good guys win. So here we have Gandalf (and Legolas, hiding behind him), fresh off duty in a Burger King happy meal or whatever, and commiserating with some Kutahya porcelain, what looks an Ottoman Janissary, Santa Claus, and a curious young lady who might be one of Tinkerbell’s friends, in a second hand shop on one of Ankara’s back streets.
Men spend the day at the corner tea house in Tarsus, Turkey, wearing their traditional shalwar pants.
The shadow of the Ottomans is still visible in many clothing styles worn throughout Turkey today. Although I haven’t seen Ottoman-style leather slippers like this worn by anybody I know in Ankara, presumably somebody wears them if they are on sale at the shop in the Ulus neighborhood where I took this picture. Then again, they could be just for tourists. That doesn’t mean that old-fashioned Ottoman dress isn’t still alive and well in many parts of the country. Shalwar pants like those worn as far east as Afghanistan are still in fashion for men and women in southeast Anatolia, starting in Tarsus.
I like this one a lot for some reason. I think the color of the car works well with the green in the grass, and meanwhile the hill and the houses make for a nice composition together. This is Safranbolu again, still in the old town, with these houses providing an example of what the 18th and 19th century Ottoman architecture looks like when it hasn’t been restored.