Where The Streets Have No Name..

Trip Start May 02, 2006
Trip End Mar 02, 2007

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Hello from Dogubayazit, a dusty frontier town crawling with soldiers and backed by a desolate range of jagged mountains and the famous Mt Ararat sitting pretty at 5200 metres. In a way the whole place reminds me of Mos Eisley from Star Wars. At any given second I was expecting Obi Wan to walk around the corner.

Our main reason for visiting is the breathtakingly beautiful fortress-palace-mosque Ishak Pasa Palace. Think a thousand and one nights and you might come close to imagining the palace. It's perched on a small plateau abutting stark cliffs and overlooking a plane framed by the magnificent Mt Ararat. Good god I have a way with words.

Apparently it was begun in 1685 and completed in 1784. And thank goodness it was completed as it is simply the most striking palace either of us have seen in our lifetimes (and we've seem some stuff let me tell you sonny). Truly a magnificent beast to behold and something everyone should put on their must see list before you kick the bucket.

Dogubayazit itself is quite the spot as well. It's one of those places that you imagine the wild west must have been like. There's constant army patrols and checkpoints, crazed children, packs of dogs roaming menacingly and the odd donkey giving you cross eyed winks. Add to that the fact that there's no women on the streets anywhere and you really get to thinking, why is that donkey cross eyed?

Anyway, we spent a couple of great days in and around Dogubayazit and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. On our wanders through the old village we were accosted by the craziest family in Turkey. This guy had 7 kids all under 12 to one wife and all they wanted to do was take photos with us. In the end they dragged us back to their house for tea which was lovely and then proceeded to have us take more photos of them in their Power Ranger poses. It was quite amusing but after 20 minutes of it we were going insane as well so we made our excuses and left.

And that was Dogubayazit, quite an experience and one not to missed. Not just for Ishak Pasa Palace which is simply superb but also the town itself is full of character. We loved it all.

Next pod, Van - Turkey.


Nath and Kat.
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