I recently had the opportunity to meet two new, warm, and friendly faces here in Ankara.  They invited me to dinner at one of their favorite spots, minkaa, a restaurant located on 415.Cad., close to the United Nations building. The story is that minkaa is named after the traditional clay pots usually used to cook... Continue Reading →


CerModern - a local art gallery, among other things, is supported by the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (Türkiye Seyahat Acentaları Birliği). The beautifully restored building, resting peacefully beside rustling train tracks, was previously a repair shop for railroad cars. It is now considered an example of “contemporary museum architecture.” In its 11,500 square meters, CerModern... Continue Reading →

Brotherly Love, and all that Jazz!

Turks are very different from Americans in the sense that they have a completely different perspective of personal space.    Turks are always walking into you, no matter how wide the sidewalk.  They ask personal questions about the way you look, your weight, and your health.  They generally don't follow traffic rules, so your lane... Continue Reading →

Missed Opportunity

I have mentioned before that wordpress - the site that hosts this blog - allows one to view search terms my readers googled when they stumbled upon my blog.  Every day there is at least one search for Louis XIV furniture.  Sometimes it's Louis XVI.  Every day I see Club Ali Bey in Manavgat.  The Chevy... Continue Reading →


UPDATE 7/24/2012 - Sadly, Lemontree closed a couple of months ago.  Thanks to Steve and his crew for the great food and good times!  And good luck with your new gig! Apparently, there's another new kid in town, the crepe cafe known as "Lemontree."  To be fair, owners Steven and Filiz have been around town... Continue Reading →


Last night I saw a Turkish musical entitled, "Seslerle Anadolu" or "Voice of Anatolia"  performed at Leyla Gencer Sahnesi.  It was really beautifully done and I highly recommend seeing the show if you get a chance. Seserle Anadolu is a compilation of traditional Turkish songs, dance, poems and stories that cover varying periods of Anatolian history.  The... Continue Reading →

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