A day in Bahçelievler, Ankara

Bahçelievler means houses with gardens. What a lovely name for a neighborhood. I never really visited it much when I lived in Ankara other than visits to the hospital, an antique store, and visits to Anitkabir (the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk). According to Wikipedia, Bahcelievler was known in the 1970s as a battleground for... Continue Reading →

Turkish Cooking in English!

A big congratulations to our friend Ozlem at Ozlem's Turkish Table.  She has published her first cookbook and I can't wait to read it!  I just finished ordering my copy.  Yes, she ships to the US! Ozlem's blog has been my go-to for Turkish cooking.  Why just this past weekend I paid her blog a... Continue Reading →

Antik Pazari – Asagi Ayranci

Ankara boasts a rather large antique bazaar.  It travels around the city and lands in my neighborhood, Asagi Ayranci, on the first Sunday of every month. I mentioned it briefly in an earlier post, "Junking," where I claimed it's "not that big."  Well, I am not sure if my perception has changed or the pazar... Continue Reading →


UPDATE:  Bookish has closed.  Homer Kitabevi, Bestekar Sok. 35 (between Tunali and Tunus) is a quaint little bookstore with a big English selection - especially for kids.  D&R is a bigger chain store with a location on Tunali and also in many malls.) A couple of weeks ago, I was strolling home from Gaziosmanpaşa (GOP)... Continue Reading →

Adventures in Troy

Day 2 of our trip to Çanakkale started with a trip from Bursa to Troy. Although I had read that Troy wasn't much to see, I was really looking forward to it.  I tried hard to remember which high school teacher had forced me to read Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey to no avail.  On this... Continue Reading →

Photo of the Day

This is a photo I took on a recent trip to Kaş.  It was taken from a moving vehicle and through a very dusty window. On our daily adventures we often traveled by minibus. We saw goats everywhere walking along the hillsides.  There were several large groups of goats.  Once our vehicle had to stop while... Continue Reading →

You may have noticed . . .

. . . I have been trying out some new gadgets and different types of posts on my blog.  For instance, there is a new "Goodreads" widget on the right side of the blog.  That connects you, my readers, with books I have read.  If you click on it, you will see what I am currently... Continue Reading →

Perking the Pansies . . . the Book!

Just imagine the absurdity of two openly gay, recently ‘married’ middle aged, middle class men escaping the  liberal sanctuary of anonymous London to relocate to a Muslim country. Jack and Liam, fed up with kiss-my-arse bosses and nose-to-nipple  commutes, quit their jobs and move to a small town in Turkey. Join the  culture-curious gay couple... Continue Reading →

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