Monthly Archive: September 2012

What is Gallipoli?

World War I is ancient history. It passed from living memory with the death of the last veteran this year. It’s not a “good” war...

Is Troy Worth Seeing?

I wasn’t, honestly, going to let my spawn leave Turkey without inflicting Troy on him. I’m still in a strop with myself for missing Baalbek...

It’s All About The Cross-Hatching

“Bwahahaha,” I say. “Did you know the Chinese for ‘writer’ is, literally, ‘sit-at-home’?” “No,” says Zac. “NOOB! The ‘zuo’ in ‘zuo-jia’ is a different kind...

Making Ourselves at Home in Cihangir, Istanbul

Making Ourselves at Home in Cihangir, Istanbul

“I don’t know where that is,” says the guy, poring over the address I’ve hand-copied. “Just walk.” “Walk?!” I say. I mean, I know we’re...

Cappadocia: It’s a Wrap…

We leave Cappadocia with, as the cliché has it, heavy hearts. But also some excitement. Yes, even with a hellish overnight bus journey ahead of...