Turkey in the winter -
warm hearts and hospitality amidst the snow and bitter winds.
This was an easy trip, with lower prices (for hard currency),
as the Turklish Lira spiraled down to almost 4 to the dollar.
People also brought out their hidden treasures, following the old Turkish axiom:
"In the good times, one sells the junk. In the bad times one sells the good stuff."
Lucky us, lucky you - we seem to be amidst some seriously 'bad times.'
Other local prices had not been raised since last September,
which made for nicely upgraded restaurants and gifts.
Everyone we met seemed so happy to see us,
it reminded me of the early days of travel in the 60's and 70's.
Politics were almost never mentioned - both theirs and ours.
People seemed to be focused on their families, their businesses, and their personal lives.
Food was as delicious as ever. From the grill houses in Istanbul,
to the Konya bean and lamb tandori palaces.
It was a great trip, and we can't wait to return.
Hope you enjoy the pictures.
Click here for a slide show of images from the February trip
We no longer do repairs, sell retail, or do cleaning...
For those of you who wish repairs and cleaning:
we recommend Frank S. Eways in Ruckersville, Virginia. (434) 985 1784.
they will pick up and deliver.
For those who wish fabulous kilims to own and enjoy:
we recommend the Mezzanine Gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
One of the very best collections of kilim art we've seen to date.
saul for the sunbow crew