Trabzon was a lively, studenty place which actually felt more western than Amasya had. Not many pics from our time in Trabzon, but there was the half day trip up to Sumela Monastery, deep in the mountains outside town. We hooked up with another British couple – Jeremy and Jane, about whom more when we post a piece on people we met on the road .
Incredible where monks decided to build things
And once there, the beauty they created around them. Our hosts apologised for the damage to the icons…
The buskers were pretty cool up there too. Shame our musician friends weren’t along for the journey, as passers-by were asked to give the instruments a go.
And then up to Rize, Turkey’s tea HQ, so we’ll be covering that in the next blog post.
And we couldn’t leave Turkey without a picture of Ataturk. At least, we assume this is him. No name on the statue, in the same way statues of Robbie Burns are unnamed in Ayrshire because everyone just KNOWS it’s him…