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Photo Essay: Ancient Turkish towers Special

Izmit - You can find surprising things in Turkey, such as ancient walls and towers next to a modern restaurant with a bustling city view.

Kar Tepe mountain, Turkey Special

Located within driving distance for Istanbul skiers, Kar Tepe mountain in Kocaeli, Turkey offers a five-star hotel, ski resort, evergreen forests, and charming cafes dotted along the road leading to the summit.

Photo Essay: Kocaeli, Turkey Special

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.

Photo Essay: A stormy day at Turkey's Black Sea Special

Kandira - Turkey's long northern border with the Black Sea witnesses many storms. At Kandira, pink rocks line a cliffy shore with offshore islands and sheltered bays. Explore this place on one stormy day.

Photo Essay: Izmit archaeology museum & train station Special

Izmit - A small museum in Izmit, Turkey, not far from Istanbul, features amazing exhibits of Roman, Greek, Byzantium, and Ottoman architecture, statues, burial markers, artifacts, and even gold leaf jewelry.

Photo Essay: Archaeology opportunity in Turkey Special

Izmit - Turkey is an archaeologist's dream. Not only does it offer amazing Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman, Byzantium, and Ottoman ruins, it also offers yet un-explored sites for those interested in archaeology.

Death plot against Turkish pastor foiled Special

Istanbul - Last week a plot to assassinate a Turkish Christian pastor near Istanbul was foiled by the Turkish anti-terrorist police.

Photo Essay: Shops in Turkey Special

You can find the most interesting and unique shops in Turkey. From Istanbul in the north to Antalya in the south, browse through displays of spice, tea, gold, sweets, vegetables, pottery, glassware, clothes, and surprising things you can't even name.

Political Change in Turkey Special

After years of maintaining control in Turkey, Islamist Ak Party Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan faces student protests and speaks about stepping down.

Photo Essay: Places in Turkey Special

For nearly two years I have lived in Turkey and traveled from the north to the west to the south, taking unusual photos: a palace in Istanbul, a ferry at Izmir, a Black Sea storm, a castle by the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy my favorite places in Turkey.

Photo Essay: Faces of Turkey Special

Istanbul - For almost two years I have lived and taught English in Turkey. I traveled from the north to the west to the south, taking photos of people I met, both friends and strangers. From children to students to older people, these are the faces of Turkey.
 

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A kind museum curator gives a group of foreign Christian visitors a special tour of the gallery  sho...
A kind museum curator gives a group of foreign Christian visitors a special tour of the gallery, showing a Greek inscription about the Christians killed in Nicomedia by Emperor Diocletian.
A family strolls along a row of tulips at Seka Park in Izmit  Kocaeli
A family strolls along a row of tulips at Seka Park in Izmit, Kocaeli
A cafe at Greenpark Hotel with view of the summit
A cafe at Greenpark Hotel with view of the summit
We drove the the ski lifts
We drove the the ski lifts
A park cafe
A park cafe
A distant island beyond the stormy Black Sea cove at Kandira
A distant island beyond the stormy Black Sea cove at Kandira
A display in the gallery shows a map of Nicomedia  copies of Roman busts found in the site  and phot...
A display in the gallery shows a map of Nicomedia, copies of Roman busts found in the site, and photos of Emperor Diocletian's underground tunnel that still stands beneath Izmit streets
Close-up of the columns and their carved caps
Close-up of the columns and their carved caps
One of the many gold markets.  Turkish women wear gold bracelets when they are married  and guests g...
One of the many gold markets. Turkish women wear gold bracelets when they are married, and guests give gold coins.
A boat in the fiery Marmara sunset
A boat in the fiery Marmara sunset
Pink tulips
Pink tulips
Nestled in the ancient Nicomedia walls and tower is the modern Santa Barbara Restaurant
Nestled in the ancient Nicomedia walls and tower is the modern Santa Barbara Restaurant
A sweet shop that specializes in baklava  which the Turks invented  not the Greeks
A sweet shop that specializes in baklava, which the Turks invented, not the Greeks
The modest outside of the gallery at the new Nicomedia archeology site in Izmit
The modest outside of the gallery at the new Nicomedia archeology site in Izmit
One of the hotel s elegant dining rooms
One of the hotel's elegant dining rooms
Bystanders greeted Izmit protesters to show their support.  One banner reads  Everywhere is Taksim. ...
Bystanders greeted Izmit protesters to show their support. One banner reads "Everywhere is Taksim." Notice the woman in red.
and looked down at the Greenpark Hotel
and looked down at the Greenpark Hotel
Delicious displays inside a Turkish bread shop
Delicious displays inside a Turkish bread shop
A rug merchant stands in the doorway of his shop in Izmit  Kocaeli
A rug merchant stands in the doorway of his shop in Izmit, Kocaeli
A glass-enclosed cafe
A glass-enclosed cafe