Turkey – The Other Side

Generally, tourists stick out. This is no less true for Eastern Turkey, or what we call ‘The Other Side’. Not only did we stick out due to its quiet tourist stream, but The Other Side of Turkey is more remote, higher in altitude, therefore a little more extreme, older in antiquity and arguably more beautiful than the more well-known Western-side of Turkey. This Tale depicts The Other Side (click on the pics to view larger images):


Trail Running in Mt Kaçkar National Park (12km, 2286m – 2875m)


Mt Kackar

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Ani Ruins, situated on the Turkey/Armenia border – a mix of antiquitus culture‘s from 3000BC – Urartu to Christian to Ottoman


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Mt Ararat, 5129m – Resting place of Noah’s Ark (Genesis 8:4)




Lake Van – at 1700m, this lake is home to the island of Akdamar and its famous 10th Century Armenian Cathedral


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On the other side of Turkey is a small country called Georgia – we spent some time in the city of Batumi along the Black Sea coast


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Locals of Turkey’s Other Side – some of the most friendly, humble and hospitable people we have met

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Another side of Istanbul, Turkey

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Sojourning so far

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He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together – Colossians 1:15-17 (brackets added)

Coffee Delight – Coffeedocia

Being driven in a dolmuş (a SA equivalent of a taxi, but not quite) down a valley in central Turkey into Goreme – town of Cappadocia, we were reminiscing about how the word “cappuccino” can be ‘rhymed’ with “Cappadocia”. We came up with Cuppaccidocia! Extended travel can have this effect on one…


Well, to our surprised (Turkish) delight, that very evening, we came across Coffeedocia! This trendy and friendly café soon had us interested. Well, with that name, how could our inquisitive senses resist?



This café offers everything from local dishes to sweet temptations and coffee varieties that blends the East with a Western feel.


Going with a straight up Cappuccino made with a specific Coffeedocia Segafredo blend, my cup reminded me of those magnificent rock formations surrounding this café’s town. There has to be something to a name like Coffeedocia!