Category Archives: Art

Grande Divertimento

Yesterday, we left Venice and flew to Istanbul and then Kayseri, followed by a one-hour shuttle ride to Goreme, where we will be staying until this weekend, when one of the owners of the Fairy Chimney Inn returns from her … Continue reading

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Suitable Cases

The legend of Turkish carpet salesmen looms large. Stereotypes depict them as sharks, circling as they lure buyers into spending more money than they are able–and for an inferior product. Relentless, dishonest, slick…these are the adjectives most commonly associated with … Continue reading

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Abutting Little Chips

After a somewhat rough landing (the crowded dolmus toting us over the mountains from Iskenderun to Antakya pulled over somewhere in the city limits, summarily dumped us out, and left us standing in the middle of a bewildering industrial area nowhere … Continue reading

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Kurds and Why

The first step is admitting I have a problem, right? That I can do. Unfortunately, I’m still unwilling to explore any of the steps beyond that. Because I still quite like my addiction– to textiles. I don’t need knicknacks; I … Continue reading

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How to Make the Muscles in One Leg Significantly Larger Than the Other

As mentioned in an earlier post, we found a pottery teacher for the kids in the neighboring town of Avanos, a place known for the red clay that comes out of the Kizilirmak river. The teacher is named Ertas; he … Continue reading

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Avanos Pottery Lessons

Before we left The States, when I was reading up on the main towns of Cappadocia, I got excited by the idea of the small city of Avanos.  This town of roughly 11,000 people is situated on the “Red River” … Continue reading

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Ebru to Fill the Spaces

Getting anywhere outside of Ortahisar (the village of lounging, staring men) requires a trip on a dolmus, which is a mini-bus that zips from village to village. The unfortunate thing about dolmuses for us is that there’s no direct bus … Continue reading

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Cave House Art

Turkey is in the midst of a gigantic heatwave.  In Ankara, the capital, older civil servants with health problems were sent home because of the heat.  In Istanbul the temperature, adjusted for humidity, is reaching 40 degrees Centigrade (104 degrees … Continue reading

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