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article imagePhoto Essay: Kocaeli, Turkey Special

By Lonna Lisa Williams     Feb 14, 2013 in World
Kocaeli - Kocaeli is a province in northwest Turkey that borders on the Marmara Sea in the south and the Black Sea in the north. In between are industrial cities, rolling green hills, farms, and charming seaside villages.
Located about an hour's bus ride from Istanbul, Kocaeli is one of the wealthiest provinces in Turkey. People from the rural east and south flock to Kocaeli to work in a factory and live in a modern city. Newly established Kocaeli University hosts thousands of students from all areas of Turkey. Yet farmers have kept sheep and cows on the green Kocaeli hills since ancient times, and fishermen enjoy catching sardines in the Black Sea or bass in the Marmara. Modern shopping malls can be seen near outside food bazaars. Five-star hotels offer luxury views of the Marmara Sea not far from sleepy seaside villages. Kar Tepe mountain's winding highway is dotted with quaint cafes and topped by an exclusive ski resort that beckons Istanbul tourists. Welcome to this Turkish land of contrasts.
A storm over Kocaeli s Black Sea
A storm over Kocaeli's Black Sea
From Kocaeli University  located on hills above Izmit  you can see distant Kar Tepe mountain.
From Kocaeli University, located on hills above Izmit, you can see distant Kar Tepe mountain.
From newly built Kocaeli University located on the hills of Umut Tepe  you can see the city of Izmit...
From newly built Kocaeli University located on the hills of Umut Tepe, you can see the city of Izmit in the distance, near the Marmara Sea and far-off mountains
The main gates of Kocaeli University
The main gates of Kocaeli University
A Turkish shepherd and his sheep dogs herd the sheep on the green hills next to Kocaeli University
A Turkish shepherd and his sheep dogs herd the sheep on the green hills next to Kocaeli University
A bridge near the Marmara Sea in Izmit  Kocaeli
A bridge near the Marmara Sea in Izmit, Kocaeli
A staircase rises toward the light in the busy shopping district of Izmit  Kocaeli
A staircase rises toward the light in the busy shopping district of Izmit, Kocaeli
A seaside cafe
A seaside cafe
The open-air gypsy market for fresh vegetables
The open-air gypsy market for fresh vegetables
Turkey: Shops in Izmit  Kocaeli
Turkey: Shops in Izmit, Kocaeli
A lighthouse by the Marmara Sea
A lighthouse by the Marmara Sea
Hadrian s castle by the Marmara Sea
Hadrian's castle by the Marmara Sea
Traditional fishing boats near a Turkish naval ship museum on the Marmara Sea at Izmit
Traditional fishing boats near a Turkish naval ship museum on the Marmara Sea at Izmit
Tuprash oil refinery along the shores of the Marmara Sea
Tuprash oil refinery along the shores of the Marmara Sea
Sunset by the Marmara Sea
Sunset by the Marmara Sea
A boat in the fiery Marmara sunset
A boat in the fiery Marmara sunset
An evening walkway by the Marmara Sea
An evening walkway by the Marmara Sea
The Greenpark Hotel on Kar Tepe mountain
The Greenpark Hotel on Kar Tepe mountain
The misty forest of Kar Tepe mountain
The misty forest of Kar Tepe mountain
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