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... featured in an Economist article about its legal battles with the Turkish government over land ownership, and so has received some international attention as a result). Additionally, Turkey's government has decided to push tourism in the dramatic hillside city of Mardin, and so has pumped a lot of funds into that. As a result, Deyrulzafaran had a strikingly different feel about it than Mor Gabriel and the smaller monasteries we had visited around Midyat. ...
... and cabins. It looked like a place targeting Turkish families. Now, in April, it seemed deserted. It was easy to continue on.
In no time, we were in the urban snarl of Diyabakier, a popular stop for foreigners because of its old walls and eastern ambiance. We zipped by without stopping.
Just before Mardin, we stopped to investigate a tent community near the side of the road. We concluded it was a gypsy ...
... when several people asked if they could help me get where I need to go. In Turkey, I get the feeling that people want to help me, while expecting nothing in return. One guy ended up chasing after a minibus, whistling. He got it to stop for me, and then told the driver to take me to the city center. I gave him a smile and a thumbs up from the minibus window.
After a short ride to town, one of the passengers showed ...
... town of Batman. Oleander & roses & decorated apartment buildings (lots of external tilework using Kurdish designs & pastel colours). Cay & a chat in the morning sunshine.
Eastward to Hasankeyf located at the end of an impressive gorge where sandstone cliffs drop vertically into the Tigris. An important river crossing for millennia; this was the capital of the Artukids in C12; before that the Romans built Cephe on the cliff top. We ...
... and it was only till after settlement that we were able to partake in the depth of our existence. To think that man settled, not through means of agriculture and the end of a nomadic unforeseen existence, but through religious persuasion or apprehension is a fascinating inquiry to me.
It was fascinating strolling past a faded civilization and in particular seeing precisely where the Tigris River sadly snaked to a dry end in an expiring Riparian area. ...
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