Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hari Raya Jaya!

Hari Raya Jaya! by CharlesFred
Hari Raya Jaya!, a photo by CharlesFred on Flickr.

Thank you Aunty Nina for a lovely dinner. It was lovely seeing you and Uncle Malcolm this evening. Have a wonderful trip and let us know your news!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Eid mubarak - bayramın kutlu olsun...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hera DiNo LoLo

Memories of a week in eastern Turkey:

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Oto Yikama boys

The Oto Yikama boys by CharlesFred
The Oto Yikama boys, a photo by CharlesFred on Flickr.

The authorities forgot to put any gravel on the newly tarmac-ed road, with the result that our yellow taxi gradually turned black. We felt a bit guilty about having asked him to go down that road, but with the help of these young chaps who wiped the car clean after the chap on the left and spurted his water on the black tarmac covering the car. The car was as yellow as ever in the time it took for us to drink a cup of chai and take a few pictures (of course). We gave them some money and the rest of the pliums we had left over from earlier in the day. (See here [] )

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The golden harvest

The golden harvest by CharlesFred
The golden harvest, a photo by CharlesFred on Flickr.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I prefer this one, to be honest

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The latest book: Istanbul (2011 edition)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Annemiek van den Berg (1956-2011)

My goodness, I had completely forgotten about this series of photos from Fred's birthdfay back in June. I remember that, as a special friend, Annemiek was invited over to ahve dinner with us first before the party started and I can also remember calling the taxi for her to leave sometime deep into the night. Had forgotten that we had had this little photo session on the balcony, this photo having been created with the self-timer. Here she is looking as glamorous as usual.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Artkulu artwork on the Ulu Camii in Siirt

The same artwork as we could find at the tombs in soon-to-disappear (due to the building of a dam) Hasankeyf. Artkulu were the people who lived arond these parts about 800 years ago.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Siirt boy with his lime-green-and-white tricycle

Can't get enough of these photos of children from the streets of Turkish cities and towns...

Friday, August 12, 2011

Lipstick on her lips

Lipstick on her lips by CharlesFred
Lipstick on her lips, a photo by CharlesFred on Flickr.

This lady was to be seen many many times during the long weekend we spent in Antakya during the Freedom Day Festival. Obviously a staunch Kemalist with a dignified and proud charm about her.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

In Bitlis, where the men really DO sit down and drink tea all day!

... just like the guidebook said...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

At the sheep farm

At the sheep farm by CharlesFred
At the sheep farm, a photo by CharlesFred on Flickr.

This girl came out of her house to see what was going on with these strangers in town and immediately burst into tears when she saw one of us (we were giving a lift to two fellow travellers on this day). However, after the tears had been wiped away it was not long before she started playing up in front of the camera, her little brother now being the shy one and hiding behind his big sister. A charming moment.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Rest in peace sweet angel

Rest in peace sweet angel by CharlesFred
Rest in peace sweet angel, a photo by CharlesFred on Flickr.

The worst thing happened... dear Annemiek has left us...

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Happy with good friends

Happy with good friends by CharlesFred
Happy with good friends, a photo by CharlesFred on Flickr.

Our first Canal Parade in three years and after a sunny start, it rained again. Not enough to dampen our spirits and it was great to catch up with Rob and Ghisliane after not seeing them for a few weeks.

I thought I'd not bother taking pics but I brought the little Panasonic and ended up running the battery down...

Friday, August 05, 2011

The loneliness of losing

The loneliness of losing by CharlesFred
The loneliness of losing, a photo by CharlesFred on Flickr.

Back now at the 650th Oil Wrestling Championships in Kirkpinar, this time with a short series about a loser of one of the bouts as he leaves the field and finds peace and quiet away from the crowds but not away from my camera...

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Back in Istanbul, back amongst friends

Here we are with the best barber in Istanbul, Zafer from Balat. No need for a haircut this time but we had a tea together and took some pics.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Portraits of a beautiful family in Balat

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Ramadan Mubarak

Ramadan Mubarak by CharlesFred
Ramadan Mubarak, a photo by CharlesFred on Flickr.

It is the start of Ramadan, so time to wish everyone a Happy Ramadan. Here are a couple of photos of the newly restored Suleymaniye Camii in Istan bul, designed/bilt by our favourite architect, Mimar Sinan!

Monday, August 01, 2011

A Kurdish song from Abali

Here is a nice memory from last week, as an antidote to the nasty work of tidying up the house and trying get get various things dry. Still, one good thing ahs come out of it, in that we have thrown away lots of old rubbish!
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