Photo Tour: Urfa

Photo Tour: Urfa
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On the way to Urfa, we detoured to examine carved stones that date back millennia. Why do we treasure ruins? “…he had dug very deep and found the place where a man had drawn the picture of a reindeer. But he would dig a good deal deeper before he found a place where a reindeer had drawn a picture of a man.”

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An olive tree! Dr. G claims that those with no taste for olives need only eat six in a row to develop one.

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We encountered this donkey outside the mosque I described in an earlier post. Beasts of burden, indeed

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Local legend swears this stream sprung forth miraculously to save Abraham from a fatal fall. When he angered his neighbors by decrying their idols, they attempted to cast him off a cliff into flames, but water received him instead

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The waters provide a natural oasis in the summer. Locals call the fish “prophets” and forbid anyone to hunt them

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We ate spicy kabobs, seated astride on wooden stools, with our backs to the riotous street

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Urfa’s Grand Bazaar housed every type of good imaginable–including the wares of a blacksmith!

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I haggled so fiercely for my purchases, I almost forgot I was paying half the price in dollars

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After two hours of shopping, we returned to the oasis restaurant for tea

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I opted for the Turks’ apple tea, which one of my companions has dismissed as “glorified cider” — but then, to borrow a phrase from another companion, doesn’t glorified mean better?

 

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