Yes, we’ve already established my love of tea and tea fields and tea pickers. Where here is another shot, this one from Taiwan. Not far from the outskirts of Taipei these tranquil hills filled with lush green tea lie waiting to be picked. The pickers were a little startled to see us piling out of our rental van to photograph them, but I think it was worth it.
Tea is another one of those things I love. Just like salt, if there are tea fields, a tea shop, or other tea stuff…I try to find it. This lady diligently worked and worked picking the tender green shoots as I shot her in Kerala, India.
Travel is about experience, about people. Throw away that guidebook and follow these steps to know the friendliest, most hospitable people on earth. The Turks have been invaded, rarely conquered, and always admired for thousands of years. Living on land that has long been the crossroads of civilizations they have always dealt with visitors from around the globe. Modern day tourists can’t help but trip over these remains of ancient cultures. Famous people such as St. Paul, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and even Barack Obama have come here to conquer or court this country for its supreme position. Ankara [...]
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We drove the 25 kilometers south of Sanliurfa, and very close to the Syrian border, to the town of Harran. It is well-known for its beehive houses, which have been inhabited for somewhere between 100-200 years. Made out of mud and hay, they have a conical-shaped roof that does look quite different than any other Turkish home.
Walking into the village from our parking area, we passed some fenced in ruins. The informational sign told us that we were stumbling past the oldest Islamic University in history, complete with the first mosque and its square tower.
Harran’s landscape consisted [...]
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Vibrant colors abound at the markets.
Turkey has an amazing ability to produce the tastiest fruits and vegetables that I have ever eaten. The tomatoes alone should win a grammy or something! They are red, juicy and just plain delicious! And where do you go to buy these amazing treats? The local market, of course.
We have a few that we love going to, and our favorite one is in the next town over, called Cayyolu. We don’t go every week, but probably once a month or so. In the market, you can find any produce that is currently [...]
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