Urfa & Mardin

Photos from Urfa, Gobekli Tepe, and Mardin from a trip in Spring 2014.

Antep & Antakya

Photos from two trips in 2014 to Antep and Antakya.


Photos from a trip to Trabzon and Sumela Valley in spring 2014.


Pamukkale is a UNESCO World Heritage site with hot springs and travertines, shallow pools or shelves formed by the carbonate minerals from the waters of the said springs. The ancient city of Hierapolis is also located here.

When I visited Pamukkale in December 2015 I learned that the water from the springs is 'rationed' among the various sections of the travertines and as luck would have it, the famous blue pools were nowhere to be seen except in some distant section. Otherwise it was an excellent day trip.